Dogs Bark: How to get over that and teach the "quiet command"

Yup, it’s true: dogs bark (except for those Basenjis who are sold to unsuspecting pet parents as “barkless dogs” who then realize that instead of barking Basenjis scream).

What did we expect?

We’ve bred dogs to bark for thousands of years and now we get upset when a dog does its “job” and barks when our doorbell rings.
Rather than getting upset because your dog barks, focus on teaching your dog the “quiet” command (you can use “quiet,” “enough,” “shush” or any other word that suits your fancy).

Here are 5 “easy” steps to get this done:

Step 1: Find a Victim
Ok, victim isn’t the right word.  Find someone with some time who you know but your dog doesn’t know who is willing to ring your doorbell a bunch of times and get barked at (at least to start).

Step 2: Ring the Bell & Let the Barking Begin
Yup, your friend needs to ring your doorbell and get barked at.  Now it’s time for your “quiet” word. Use it once (just like any command).

Step 3: Wait
Sadly, now all you can do is be patient and wait for your dog to calm down.  Your dog may get bored or tired – it doesn’t matter.

Step 4: Reward
At the exact moment your dog stops barking (even if it’s just for a second and you “know” she’s going to start back up) reward your dog.

Step 5: Repeat & Repeat
It will take time and it can get frustrating but keep your cool and keep working with your dog.  At some point, depending on your dog and your efforts, your dog will learn the “quiet” command and while she will still bark at the doorbell, you’ll be able to have a quiet dog, a quiet house, and happier guests with a single word.

Thanks for reading.

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