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training dog when company rings door bell

we all know how adorable our dogs are,i am trying to teach my dog to stay quietly when he heard the door bell ring. right now he runs to the door, barks, i pick him up so he doesn't run out the door when i open it, sometimes i can keep him at a stay on the top stair, but as soon as company enters, he goes crazy, barking happy to see everyone. i have told my friends, don't look at him, talk to him just ignore him until he calms down then you can give him as much loving as you want. well, they don't listen. so, i thought about putting him in the kitchen and keeping him there until he calms down after someone rings the door bell. i'd love suggestions, i love my friends but they have been sabotaging my training efforts.
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There are several ways you can do this, but the most effective way is to get a friend who will help you. It will take a little time and Django needs to have some other commands learned first. (Sit, stay, settle are some good options) Instead of writing it all out, I found almost the same concept online: http://www.ehow.com/how_2193709_stop...-doorbell.html

Same idea, but in blog format and expanded options included: http://www.thatmutt.com/2008/12/19/1...-the-doorbell/

This option is funny, but I don't think it would be nearly as effective with a Havanese with a good temperament that is more inclined to greet friends. (This may be better for a dog with a high food drive.) http://pooch.sitstay.com/thedish/dogtraining107.php
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Those are great suggestions, Kimberly, I will have to try that. Biscuit goes nuts when the doorbell rings and guests enter. And now, of course, Heath mimics everything he does. But then he calms down completely, so I do think he's teachable.



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I'm glad for those links as well. My girls bark when the doorbell rings and then they proceed to jump on visitors. I HATE that they do this. The barking they stop quickly, the jumping up goes on for awhile.

Unfortunately, the having a friend ring the doorbell trick, won't work because the neighbors who would be willing to ring our doorbell over and over don't mind the dogs jumping on them.....sigh.

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I know what you mean, Susan. You really need another person of like mind to do this to make it work.
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I have this problem, too! Training the humans is just as hard (or harder!) than training the dogs! I tell the folks to not encourage Tucker, or I tell Tucker real sharply "no jumping...licking..." and they almost always say "Oh, I don't mind!"...as they encourage him. Sigh....

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Thanks for the links, Kimberly. I printed them out. I especially liked the one at thatmutt.com. Marble barks like crazy when the doorbell rings or when someone comes in the front or garage door. I'm going to try your suggestions.
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thanks kimberly, great links, will start trianing soon!
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