Correcting Charlie the Weimaraner for barking at the doorbell

by Steph Mahrle

Does your dog bark, and then race toward your front door EVERY time the doorbell sounds? Does your dog bark at the mailman? Does your dog jump on guests? Are you embarrassed by this behavior and frustrated with your dog but you don’t know how to train your dog to behave better? Many dogs behave in this way. Often, people become frustrated about their dog’s bad behavior, and as a result, many dogs are surrendered to shelters, for these very easily resolved disobedient behaviors. As a professional family dog trainer, I address these types of naughty behaviors on a regular basis. This video provides the details of how I address the naughtiness, and create a pattern of calm family dog behavior. First, I train the dog to fully understand the “place” command. When a dog has a clear job (or command), they are less likely to behave badly, by bum rushing the door and barking. Second, I slowly introduce distractions like walking around and cleaning, talking on the phone, decorating for Christmas, etc. Thirdly, I correct the dog for breaking command, and/or barking. I then redirect to return to the command. 

The training history, of this dog has been very fair, he is actively choosing to be disobedient, and balanced training provides a solution to both he and his owners, which ultimately will keep this family dog, included in his family’s life, and out of a shelter or a Weim rescue. In this case, two-year-old, Charlie the Weimaraner, has had plenty of clicker training as a young dog, but chooses not to behave obediently when no food presented, or if he is simply not hungry. That poses a large problem because his behavior unraveled as he aged. Charlie ultimately has taken that naughty barking, and jumping behavior outside while on walks or runs with his owners. He sees people on the street, and goes bananas, (barking, & lunging). So that established pattern of behavior indoors, where he blew off commands in his home with his owners, then barked at the doorbell, jumped on and disrespected their guests, has become more of a dramatic issue when challenged with greater outdoor distractions. Watch here as Steph Mahrle-Mishra demonstrates with Charlie the Weim, how to create calmness in your home, and resolve the bad behaviors. Spoiler alert, Charlie isn’t shut down from “shock collar” training. He works between a 2 to a 34 on an Educator Mini E-Collar from E-Collar Technologies. He’s totally a happy go lucky family dog, even after our training sessions. This is how you train a calm family dog. Dog training is a process. If you are interested in following Charlie’s two-week board and train follow Good Karma Training on either Facebook or Instagram for daily updates!