Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Laura, this is actually very simple to achieve. when you stand at the door to let them out and the dogs are barking, you are just reinforcing the behaviour i.e. dog barks - you open the door! the behaviour worked, therefore dogs will keep on doing it.
What you do instead is stand at the door, and have your hand on the handle. The second the dogs STOP barking, open the door. Under no circumstances do the open the door if dog is barking.You are now changing the situation around and telling the dogs, with no shouting etc, that the only way they will be let out is when they are quiet. Good luck!
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