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Old 04-02-2013, 03:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, so Duke will go nuts standing and jumping up on his hing legs, barking and baying, hackles raised, at the slightest sound at our front door. He will also growl at people walking by if we are standing in front of our house.

How much is too much? I don't want to discourage him from "protecting" us but I don't want these crazy episodes especially when we have visitors knocking on the front door.

He does the same thing when hubby, the kids or I get home too - until we open the door and then he's all wiggles and slobbery kisses.
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I'd say it's personal preference. If his reaction is annoying you or irritating visitors, work on training him out of the behaviour. We had family visiting this past weekend with two dogs (Jack's cousins) and the mastiff is a nervous/protective barker. He goes off at the slightest things, and his bark is LOUD. You can't even open or close an interior door in the house without him reacting, and of course the other dogs follow his lead. When guests come in, they are treated to some seriously loud barking that goes on for several minutes. I find it annoying, and unfortunately I noticed Jack has been more reactive and barky since they left yesterday. I don't care if he barks once or twice when someone knocks on our door, but he's supposed to stop when we tell him too. Looks like we will be working on reminding him of that rule this week.
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Definitely personal preference. For me I don't mind them barking at the door or another loud noise to alert me and also so people outside know they are there. I expect them to stop as soon as they are asked though which they do. They only really bark at night and are much more laid back during the day.

I personally wouldn't tolerate growling at people outside when they are just walking past the house.
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I have to agree personal preference. We have a 123 rule inside the house. However only when somebody is on the property not just passing by. After 3 thanks that's enough. funny now my older two normally only let out one good bark or bellow (that would be my golden) and then they just watch out the window.

Outside we have 0 tolerance (while in the yard) unless we are playing. They are great now.

It takes time and patience but you have to decide what's acceptable for your home and lifestyle. We had to do 0 tolerance outside because our daughter was young and the fenced portion of the yard wrapped around by her bedroom window. I'm glad I did that anyways, where we live now is ridiculous for barking and I am so happy my dogs don't respond.


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Well, he usually stops as soon as the door opens and visitors come in. Then it's the jumping up on people that we have to deal with.

I guess the annoying thing is when we're sitting quietly and the neighbours are outside talking or leaving their house (we live in a townhouse) and he suddenly jumps up and goes ape shit and scares the bejesus out of us! lol Like the other night at 4 am when the raccoons were playing tag on our roof and he went ballistic! I guess it's good in a way because it could've been an intruder... it's a catch 22! lol
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Oh and he doesn't respond to other dogs barking, thank goodness. When our neighbour's dog barks he just sits there looking at her like "What the heck are you being so loud for???" lol
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Lol well at least he doesn't bark back! It is hard but definitely something you can work on. Desensitizing him to some of those sounds.greetings are an issue all of their own. That you can fix that but again, you will need to be consistent, patient and calm when working with him. I have great info for that but my computer is down ill send it when it's fixed.


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Where we live we are ok with the "warnings" as long as they stop when told Ziggy however is going through some kind of Phase that she barks at the world we dont get why and are working really hard to go back to the "thank you we see them " which usually stops the bark but isnt working for her right now the other two shut up as soon as you say thank you but she keeps going and going and going also she will run to the windows over nothing a piece of plastic blowing in the wind and bird flying low you name it she has to bark at it the other two go look and decide it is nothing and go back to what they were doing
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My 2 will bark when someone walks to close to the house or knocks on the door. Pheona has done great with the command "quiet" and she'll also quiet down when I tell her "bed". Murphy is still learning but she's doing good too. Now if during the day they bark outside, not to often except when playing (or again someone gets to close to the house). They don't even tend to bark when other dogs outside bark. Which is good cause from our bedroom you can hear the dogs that are either outside all the time or the ones that get let out when the owners leave. Now both of my girls will bark & bark at our one neighbor. I'm not quiet sure either. I know that animals are to have a keen sense on people. It's only the one neighbor guy they will bark at like this. He's never done anything to them & he's friendly, talking with hub & I. I just don't get it.
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ya its really personal preference and like others said train him otherwise.

ours will do the same as yours at anything that moves in their sight when inside the house, they also i think have learned the sound of our vehicles bc they never bark at us when we come home. It is nice to know they will let out these barks adn growls bc last week i accidentlly left our front door open, our friends happen to be driving by saw our door open and pulled in the driveway, honked, but we were in bed sleeping, the dogs heard the noise of the honk and our friends coming to the front door and went nuts barking and growling. so i appreciated that as they woke us up
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