Teacher’s Pet: Season’s Greetings! Teaching Doorbell Manners

Hello hello, and welcome back to Teacher’s Pet, a column on all things training!  Every other #TrainingTuesday, Brussels.Sprout, will share his how-tos for learning new tricks, updates on his own adventures in agility competition, and his favorite tips for helping you and your pup bond over training.

 

Season’s Greetings!  Teaching Your Dog How to Behave When the Doorbell Rings

Whether it’s package deliveries, family and friends visiting, or neighborhood carolers… ’tis the season for extra people coming to your door.  So what happens if all that doorbell activity is driving your dog (and consequently you) bonkers?

 

The bad news is we can’t teach you how to get your dog not to bark.   And that’s OK to some degree because your dog is, well, a dog whose instincts are to alert you and protect his home.  The problem is when it becomes excessive or leads to other problems like your dog running out the door or jumping at arriving guests.

 

The good news is there are plenty of ways to counteract this excessive barking or bolting for the door by instead focusing on the positive and teaching you dog how he should act when someone shows up at the door.

 

Check out our video and training tips for how Sproutie learned to go to his bed when he hears the doorbell!

 

Xoxo and Happy Holidays!

 

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Brussels Sprout

Sprout is a perpetually pouty, 2 year old smooth-coated Brussels Griffon. This tiny little tastemaker loves sweater weather, brunch, giving back to less fortunate dogs, and teeny-tiny tennis balls. He is passionate about lengthy naps and higher education, with dreams of one day becoming an agility champion.