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Old 02-13-2014, 03:06 AM
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Hi all,

I haven't been here for a very long time but I need a bit of help on a problem that has developed over the years.

Our little Dita lives with me, my mom and my dad. She's an absolute joy to be around and a real cuddler. While it took her a little while to get the whole I have to go outside to do her business, she's got it down pat.

The new problem is her barking.

When she hears the doorbell ring it's like we're going to attacked and alerting us all hands on deck. Then whoever it is on the other side of the door comes in and she still barks for a good half hour after the person has been at our house. Does this happen to anyone else? And if it does how do we stop it?

I might one day like to move out of the house and as she is my dog I would like to take her with me, but I doubt people in other apartments would like a little dog going at it with every noise she hears in the corridors?

Can anyone help?

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Old 02-13-2014, 08:09 AM
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We live in an apartment and my girl barks at many sounds. I have taught her "quiet now". Althought she is allowed to bark for a few seconds, she has to be quiet when I tell her. I did not use the squirt water in the face method, which I hear works for many people.

I did this..first I taught her to bark on command. I say "speak" and she barks. I taught her this with her ball. She always barks for me to throw her ball, so when she would I would say "speak" and when she did she got a treat.

Then when she learned "speak" (without the ball), in a really quiet place with no distractions, I would say "speak" and she would bark...I then say "quiet" and would give her a treat when she stopped. I dont know if this is the "correct way" but it worked for me.

She still barks at the door and goes balistic when someone strange comes in but it only lasts a few seconds. She stops when I say "quiet". Sometimes I say "leave it" if she is very upset, and she stops, but that command is used for something entirely different...still it works and she stops.

You should not yell the command even though I am sure you will really want to!
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One of the major advantages that dogs gave us when they first were evolving beside us was alerting us to things they could sense but we could not. Therefor, alerting us by barking is something that's natural, ingrained and difficult to maneuver around sometimes, because it literally is an instinct! Once a dog taps in on an instinct and gets rewarded by it (her environment responding to her instinct in a major way, positive or negative) it's tough to break.

Teaching "Quiet" helps a lot, and desensitizing her to the "coming and going" ritual could help, too. Every now and again during training sessions with my kids I'll go to the front door and ring the doorbell or go to the other side and knock. The quietest dog gets a treat, and I work with the one who's the loudest (my cocker spaniel) until I can knock or ring the bell and there's minimal noise. That way, when someone randomly comes to call, it's not such a disruption to their normal lives and when I ask them to calm down and be quiet it's easier for them to understand.

I also DO NOT open the door if we have a visitor unless my dogs are calm and quiet. My husband thinks it's rude to the person on the other side (LOL) but, hey, it's my house, my rules. They can wait a second or two so when they come in my dogs aren't all amped up and acting rude (sometimes my husband will just go open the door when the dogs are alerting and I can't stand it!)
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:33 AM
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I also DO NOT open the door if we have a visitor unless my dogs are calm and quiet. My husband thinks it's rude to the person on the other side (LOL) but, hey, it's my house, my rules. They can wait a second or two so when they come in my dogs aren't all amped up and acting rude (sometimes my husband will just go open the door when the dogs are alerting and I can't stand it!)
I tried that first...told her to sit and wait, but for us, the only thing that happened was she would be quiet a few seconds and then when the door opens...she would jump up and bark at them.

At least she stops now with the "quiet" since he waiting game did not work for us....and eventually she will be more "hospitable" and bring people her toys and yell at them to play with her. Cant win them all I guess!
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