What to do when the dogs think it’s super fun to go screaming and barking down the hall, when something exciting happens in the other room? This is the solution my husband and I came up with, and it’s working really well!
My husband is quite often in the basement, as is typical anymore, on his computer. Me and the dogs are upstairs in the bedroom, me with my kindle, the dogs with some bully sticks on the bed. This is the picture of our winter evenings since it’s 10 degrees outside and there’s nothing much on TV.
Before we got Quinn, when my husband came up, Jet would get barky and growly on the bed, stand up, and woof. Just more in an alert type of way, probably because things sound funny to him in our house. Not really a big issue and he’d say hi to my husband and give him some good licks after the initial woof.
Enter Quinn last June. This behavior escalated to full blown screaming and running and barking down the hall with both of the boys, when my husband came up. Okay, this behavior was unacceptable and quite annoying. Plus if the dogs got too high or grumpy, a fight could result, which we didn’t want to have happen either.
So I was thinking, if I only knew when my husband was coming up, I could provide a good distraction to the boys, such as treats or a game or something.
Just to note, Tatum could care less who was barking and running down the hall, and would just give the boys’ that girl look that said “boys are stupid.” And the border collies are downstairs with my husband, so the issue was only with Jet and Quinn.
I decided to look up those remote type doorbells that are either motion sensitive, or something my husband could ring, that would warn me of his coming up. We decided on a doorbell that would wirelessly ring a chime upstairs in my bedroom.
We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, and I must say, the results are awesome! After only about 2 or 3 rings of the door-chime, Jet realized that it meant treats! So now when it goes off, he immediately orients to the dresser where I keep the treats, and he’s ready for his yummies. Quinn usually just does what Jet does (since Jet is coolest big brother ever).
Now when I’m comfortably reading my Kindle, and the door chime goes off.. we have some nice and calm yummy treats. Usually my husband is letting the other dogs outside, so after some treats, I let Jet and Quinn go off into the other room, and they are nice polite boys and walk calmly down the hall to see what’s going on.
Woo hoo! I just love it when things work. I’m hoping that eventually, just the act of my husband coming up will trigger that treat response in the boys, and we won’t have to use the door-chime anymore. But even if not, it’s working like a charm!