Training Two French Bulldogs to Stop Barking When Guests Arrive

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: March 5, 2018

In this Council Bluffs dog training session we worked with a pair of French Bulldogs who were one-year-old, Ozzie and Louie, who needed help to stop barking at guests when they arrived and learn to respect personal space and boundaries.

After I arrived I sat down with Ozzie and Louie’s guardians to talk to them about their main dog behavior concerns. One of their main concerns was that the dogs would guard the front door and they wanted to train their dogs to stop barking at guests when they arrived. To help them with this I showed them our Claiming the Door technique which is also extremely helpful to prevent door dashing. To see how I accomplished this you can watch the video below.

As you can see in the video above the dogs continued to bark throughout the exercise. This will typically go away in time as they start to learn that you are the decision maker for who comes in and out of the house. However, if the dogs continue to have issues with barking you can ask them to move farther away from the door by setting a larger invisible boundary around the doorway. Increasing the distance between the dog and the front door will help them gain self control and stop barking.

To keep up with this good behavior the guardians will want to continue to use our Petting with a Purpose technique to reward the dogs for good behavior and use the Escalating Consequences to disagree with them. However, remember that if they are trying to demand your attention the best thing to do is to ignore them at this point. We wrapped up Ozzie and Louie’s dog behavior session with their Roadmap to Success, which you can watch below.

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