In order to start to curtail the outbursts, I decided to train Dot to bark on command. In theory, you can then teach the dog a shush command which will carry over into everyday use. Here is a video that outlines the process. But Dot is not as easily fooled as that demo dog. After one, maybe two coerced barks she realized it's just me knocking or ringing the doorbell and stopped barking. So I had to really get her hopped up and excited, then try and get her to bark by going crazy with the knocking and pointing out the window and saying "who's here, who is that?" It worked! She learned the command for bark after about two weeks of very short training sessions about every other day.
In this video, she barks on command a few times, getting treats for doing so. Then she barks on command and is rewarded for NOT barking when I give the Shhhhh command. (Also note the Taco head peeking out, waiting on the couch. When we train in the living room, this is our waiting spot for the dog not working.
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