There are several things you can try to stop your dog from barking when people enter the house:
- Train your dog to associate the arrival of people with good things, such as treats or toys. This can be done through a process called “counterconditioning.”
- Use a command such as “quiet” or “enough” to interrupt the barking and redirect your dog’s attention. Then, reward your dog for remaining quiet.
- Use positive reinforcement to reward your dog for calm, quiet behavior when people enter the house.
- If your dog barks at people when they enter the house, try having them enter quietly and ignore the dog for a few minutes before acknowledging it. This can help your dog learn that people coming in isn’t a big deal.
- Consider using a head halter or body harness to help you better control your dog’s movements and behavior.
- If your dog’s barking when people enter the house is a serious problem, you may want to consider seeking the help of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. They will be able to work with you to determine the underlying cause of the barking and develop a plan to address it.