Blog written by Caroline Spencer Author of “Why Does My Dog Do That?” Parenting Your New Puppy and Designer of Happy At Heel Harness. – www.happyatheel.com
Dogs that bark at something passing by whether in the house or garden
Even if you cannot hear or see the disturbance you must act. When a dog is in a pickle it is what you Not what you say that is important. If you shout you’ll be seen as joining in and backing up the alerter.
DOGS BARKING AT PASSERS BY AT HOME
Dogs that bark at something passing by whether in the house or garden Even if you cannot hear or see the disturbance you must act. When a dog is in a pickle it is what you do… Not what you say that is important. Initially, your dog will not hear you and if you shout you’ll be seen as joining in.
He is not being naughty, he’s simply telling you there is something that bothers him.
- Firstly do not let your dog sit looking out of the window on guard duty
- Guide him away and take him gently to a place he can rest and log off
- If need be, you sit in a chair by the window he likes to gaze out of.
- When your dog barks at a knock at the door or a passer-by acknowledge with a word of your choosing…from anything to thanks to Bananas. Just use the word every time.
- Look through the window or door as you say this (you’ve been seen to check the issue out) and guide him away if need be to another room where you can hold him calmly and then guide him to a place of rest e.g his bed. Do NOT tell him to go to his bed, you have achieved nothing!
- Shut the door to the room you are in so there is no access to the window or door where he reacted.
- If you have to open the door to a visitor have your dog on a lead and guide him behind you.
- Better still take your dog to another room away from the front door, so he really does know he does not have a part to play in this situation.
- Ask the visitor to talk and look at you, not your dog. They have come to see you.
- If your dog is intimidating i.e. jumping up/ barking/ aggressive, then he should be placed in another room with no visual access to the door.
- You acknowledge his fear and thanked him for his warning, but you have dealt with the issue.
- If the visitor is to stay, your dog can be let out, he will sniff them, but do not let your visitor bend down to stroke…he’s only finding out about them. Dogs use their sense of smell to gather information.
- If your visitor bends down to communicate with your dog, your dog may well feel threatened and start to jump up or wet himself if he is that way inclined or even growl or bites. So help your dog and don’t let them do it.
- They can interact with your dog if you so wish when they call him to them. If he does not go, do not force the issue. He doesn’t have to endure a cuddle and close interaction with someone he doesn’t live with.
- If he barks in the garden and is like a slippery rugby ball to catch, then it would be wise to have him on a 2-meter line. You’d stand on this to stop his racing around then reel him in and do as above.
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