• Barking at Visitors

    • Calming Collars
    • Sergeants Stop That!™ Behavior Correction Spray
    • Calming Diffuser

    What a great way to welcome guests — with an ear drum-shattering bark that prevents even a simple, “Hello, how are you and come on in,” from being heard. At the least it’s embarrassing. At most, the barking doesn’t stop, even if a visitor has come to your home multiple times and possibly when the guest leaves the room and comes back during the same visit.

    There are several schools of thought on this. Some believe that the dog barks at the doorbell, others because someone new is entering their environment. Whatever the case, it’s important to teach your dog not to bark at visitors.

    By combining pheromone technology with training it’s possible to reduce or even eliminate this behavior problem.

    Pheromone Therapy

    Because there’s no one way to approach a dog that barks at visitors, it’s a good idea to consider the options available. Each has its strengths for specific uses so you are able to tailor your approach to your dog.

    One of the best and most effective ways to change your dog’s barking behavior is to simply use one spray of Sergeant’s Vetscription PetSTOP! Behavior Correction Spray (dog). The noise will catch your dog’s attention and immediately stop the behavior. The pheromone that is released provides a calming effect and you can then direct your pet to play or another behavior.

    To alter the environment prior to a visitor’s arrival, try using a Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Diffuser (dog) around the house regularly. The diffuser will continuously emit pheromones in the room.

    A Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar (dog) can also help keep your dog’s stress-induced behavior in check, reducing their need to bark.

    Training Tips

    In addition to the pheromone technology, there are training suggestions that also target behavior change through positive reinforcement or redirecting your dog to more positive activities.

    • Get your dog to associate visitors with something positive by asking your visitor to take a walk with you and your dog — just to the end of the block and back is sufficient.
    • Have your dog stay in a place that makes him or her feel safe, like a kennel or carrier.
    • Distract the dog with “work” such as performing good behaviors like sitting, laying down or fetching — then reward with a treat.
    • Before a visitor arrives, put your dog out or somewhere the noise of the doorbell or knocking won’t be heard. Allow the visitor to get seated and situated. In some cases, it’s easier for a dog to accept a new person in the environment if he or she is already there.
    • Ignore the barking and instruct your visitor to do the same. Do not acknowledge the dog or let the guest try to befriend the dog. When the dog stops barking bring out a reward.
    • If the dog growls, snaps or bites a guest, take precautions to protect your visitors and talk with your veterinarian or other knowledgeable professional for recommendations about a behavior modification program.