January 13, 2006, Newsletter Issue #119: No More Barking at the Door

Tip of the Week

Here's a nifty training tip for dogs that love to bark or greet people at the door with too much enthusiasm. Our Tilli likes to walk around new guests and let out these occasional huge Tilli barks. She doesn't know why she's barking but it seems like the thing to do. Of course the guest doesn't know either and that can be a little disconcerting. So we trained Tilli to leave the room when guests arrive and then come back a little later.

Every time the doorbell rang someone would take Tilli into another room and give her a handful of her favorite treats. Now when the doorbell rings, Tilli runs into the other room, on her own most of the time, knowing that she's going to get some treats. We then let her greet the guest after we've introduced the guest and let them know that she might bark a time or two. With this routine she doesn't feel the same need to bark though.

It's funny to watch the doorbell ring and there goes Tilli running into the other room.

Hugs to your Dogs!

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