Teaching an Insecure Weimaraner She Doesn’t Have to Bark at Houseguests

By: David Codr

Published Date: November 23, 2019

For this Omaha dog training session we worked with Una, a 5 year-old Weimaraner who acts aggressive and barks a lot when new people come to the door.

Una was quite upset to see some strangers at her door. You could tell she was an anxious dog; barking intensely while intermittently backing away. She was twitchy which told me that she had Cortisol, the stress hormone, in her blood. I would not say her behavior was aggressive, more of an insecure disagreement.

I used some dog behaviorist tricks and within a minute of entering the house, Una was taking treats from my hand. The guardians were impressed, saying that she had never settled down that quickly when a new person came inside.

Later in the session we recreated this secret for a success fun dog greeting so that visitors to the house could watch a video that includes tips to help a dog stop acting territorially aggressive when people come to visit.

Stopping a dog from acting aggressive when people are at the door is all about helping the dog feel comfortable and positive with the activity. Fortunately you don’t have to be a professional Weimaraner dog trainer to help a dog learn they don’t need to bark when people come to the door.

We covered a number of other tips in this in home dog training session that will help Una become more confident overall, both in terms of her role as well as in the guidance and leadership of her guardians. To help her humans remember them all, we recorded a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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