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Teaching a Dobie to bark

My 7 month old Dobie won't bark when someone knocks on the door but he barks at EVERYTHING when he's in the back yard. How can I teach him to bark when someone knocks on the door?
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He is still a baby and could be going through a fear period and might be too scared to bark at the door yet. What does he do when someone knocks at the door? I personally wouldn't teach him anything. I would do confidence building exercises. The rest will come with age and confidence. You could teach to bark on command and then when someone knocks command a bark. But then you have a dog that won't back up what he's portraying. I think you're better off building confidence and letting age take it's course.
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Wait. Huh? You want him to bark when someone knocks on the door, but he won't sit barking while in the yard?

He sounds bored in your backyard. Esp if he is being left out alone. I wouldn't encourage him to act aggressively. He's young. I would be socializing.



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He is still a baby and could be going through a fear period and might be too scared to bark at the door yet. What does he do when someone knocks at the door? I personally wouldn't teach him anything. I would do confidence building exercises. The rest will come with age and confidence. You could teach to bark on command and then when someone knocks command a bark. But then you have a dog that won't back up what he's portraying. I think you're better off building confidence and letting age take it's course.
When someone knocks on the door he just runs to it, then frantically tries to get everyone's attention, as if to say "hey, somebody's outside. Answer the door". LOL Meanwhile, my Dachshund barks incessantly, while the real guard dog just wants to see who it is. HAHAHA
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Wait. Huh? You want him to bark when someone knocks on the door, but he won't sit barking while in the yard?

He sounds bored in your backyard. Esp if he is being left out alone. I wouldn't encourage him to act aggressively. He's young. I would be socializing.
He's not an outside dog. He lives inside. He's only outside maybe an hour or 2 a day at most. But when he goes out, every little sound, especially other barking dogs, sets him to barking. But he won't bark when someone knocks on the door. He is being socialized and gets along very well with every dog and person he's been around. Maybe it's an age thing, like Gretchen_Red suggested. I mean he still squats when he pees, so there's that. LOL
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Neither of my dogs bark at the door bell or knock. I prefer it that way.

Doesn't mean they're not alert. If your pup is spending an hour or two outside alone. He's likely bored.
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Max doesn't bark either when the doorbell rings, he is the first one at the door though.

He woke us up a few times at night when he was barking because somebody was cutting through our front yard (just teenagers taking a shortcut). Trust me, they know when something is not right and will let you know and act accordingly. Honestly, I would find it annoying if he would bark every time when somebody comes to the door.

As far as your dog is concerned just give him time to mature. I would also discourage him barking in the backyard without a good reason. I don't know how close your neighbors are but they may not like it.

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Lexi never barked at the door bell, she would run to the door, but never bark. Every night around 5, she would bark for sport. Our house overlooks a park, her friends were down there at night. A doberman barking is loud, I wouldn't promote it.

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You are correct, they, especially males have a very loud bark.

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My male still pees like a girl. Which I tell him while he does it.

I wouldn't worry about it. Really, most people carry these days, so I'd just make sure you are the one they fear more.
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My male still pees like a girl. Which I tell him while he does it.

I wouldn't worry about it. Really, most people carry these days, so I'd just make sure you are the one they fear more.
Mav has hiked his leg twice. Once at the park, mom was proud, and once at our club Picnic, everyone cheered lol.
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