It’s the morning and you go out to make sure the kids get on the school bus all right, only to be met by a glum neighbor. They were burgled last night and the car was stolen. It’s a sickening thought and the idea that it could have happened to you fills you with dread. It has long been known dogs act as an effective deterrent to burglars, but only if your dog makes himself known.
If he barks at the door when anyone approaches, he will send intruders running a mile, guaranteeing to help you sleep peacefully at night. While the sound may be mildly annoying at times, it’s a small price to pay for a secure and well-protected home. Training your dog in this way will also stimulate his mind and make it easier to teach him other commands too.
Thankfully, training him to bark at the door isn’t as complicated as many people think. It consists mainly of obedience commands to reinforce the behavior you want to see. It will also entail managing his environment so he understands what area he is supposed to protect with his booming bark.
If he is a puppy, his brain should be eager to learn and training will probably yield results in just a few days or a week. If he is older and not quite playing with a full deck of cards anymore, then you may need a little more patience and be willing to invest a couple of weeks into training.
Mastering this training will give you a secure and well-protected home. No one will be able to get near your home without your dog warning you loud and clear first.
Before you get going you will need a few things. The door in question will, of course, be essential, so make sure that is accessible and free from distractions. You will also need food or treats and lots of them. If he isn’t so keen on treats, breaking down his favorite food into small chunks will do the trick.
You will also need to set aside 10 minutes a day for the next few weeks until he has the hang of it. Once you’ve got all of the above, just bring a positive frame of mind and patience and you’re ready to get to work!