Teach your dog to remain quiet, or to bark just a little, when someone knocks or rings your bell.
If this sounds like your situation, try lowering your dog’s overall excitability by providing plenty of exercise early in the day. Also, cut back the amount of noise your dog’s exposed to. Close the front windows, perhaps; turn down the ringer on the phone. If you live in an apartment and your dog reacts to hallway sounds, run a white-noise machine by the door. One of my clients had a computerized doorbell, so I had her pick a new sound, teach her dog to associate it with treats, then change her doorbell to the new sound. I don’t recommend punishment. It doesn’t teach your dog what you do want, and it does bupkis to relieve any underlying stress. Ultimately, you may need in-person help to teach a serious doorbell maniac to react less energetically.
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