Journey in training my dog to stop barking like mad at the front door
Do you know what the hardest thing about training is? It’s actually doing it.
Until the behavior you’re looking for changes.
Maggie’s become a hellion screecher. Today I almost fell off my chair.
Truth be told I wanted to dismantle the doorbell. Unfortunately after a 2 minute debate with my partner I realized that was not an option.
A few weeks ago – fellow blogger to two boston terriers shared her training tips on how to stop her two from freaking out when the doorbell rang. She has the blog “A Dog Walks Into a Bar” and lo and behold she did this same training with her two Bostons.
You know what I did with that article. I read it. I shared it.
But I did NOT apply it.
Boston Terriers are not known to bark. But for some reason Maggie does now and Orbit follows.
In fact it’s gotten worse. She goes from zero to 100 in the matter of 1.2 seconds. Maggie FREAKS out when the doorbell is rung. She literally does this very high shrieking bark almost frantic as if she’s about to lose everything she has and then she runs to the door and paws at it until its open.
Is my Dog Sensitive to Sound?
One of the things we wondered about was if Maggie had any sound sensitivities. There’s a few events we question. When she was maybe 9 weeks old we watched a scary movie. It was louder than usual during the suspenseful parts and we could see she was troubled by the sound. She started clampering and running around on the sofa from what appeared to be from fright. So we stopped the movie to calm her down and resumed at a much lesser sound level and she was fine.
When she was about 16 weeks old we took her to Denver. We stopped at Red Rocks around noon to do some sight seeing. The band that was playing that evening … decided to do a sound check.
Of course it was loud. They were a rock band.
If I had not had a tight grip on Maggie’s leash I would have lost her. She started yipping and barking almost shrieking and tried to run away from the sound … which at Red Rocks was coming from everywhere. We were where the audience would have been sitting halfway up.
Realizing she was leashed she climbed Jason and all the way up to his head. We carried her out at that point as far away from the stage a we could.
Later that summer …. we were walking downtown at the Marina. Seaworld which is approximately 2 or 3 miles away over the water … was having their summer fireworks. Maggie had the same reaction like she did in Denver.
From then on we knew she didn’t like loud sounds.
And we worked around it.
We don’t play the music very loud at home, nor the TV. It’s not a big loss we’re not loud people anyway.
But I never did get her hearing tested and wonder if I should have.
Irregardless she is still barking at the door.
I think the Universe is trying to drop things on my head because I was browsing Instagram earlier reading some training tips and found Kaelin from All Things Pups video of when she came to visit.
The training is condensed to about 60 seconds. And she made it look so easy.
You can view that video below.