Ralph Z asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

Dog Bites people and goes Crazy when the Phone rings.?

I have a Wheaten Terrier for the past five years.

He had this problem since he was a puppy.

He is a beautiful quit loving dog except if the Phone rings.

Even tried a musical cellphone. He still goes crazy.

I love this dog but he is dangerous when the phone rings.

Any ideas,

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Establish dominance. Show your dog in no uncertain terms that this behavior will not be tolerated. To do this, use your cell phone to call your home phone or vice versa. Have your dog on a leash and when he starts to go "crazy", tug slightly on the leash to get his attention while simultaneously making a "psst" or "NO" noise. Also, take your thumb, pointer, and middle fingers and gently, but assertively, "bite" him at the throat. This simulates a bite from a dominate dog and eventually, he will become submissive. Do not do this so hard that your dog starts choking, that is not the purpose. It is a training tool that you should use each and every time that he does not exhibit the behavior that you deem as acceptable. We used this technique on an out of control pomeranian who always used to attack people when they would try to leave and now, he is very sweet and quiet. This will take some time, b/c there is no quick "cure" for bad behavior. Your dog wants to be good and please you, but you have to clearly assert your dominance and define the "bad" behaviors. Never praise him for calming down after a huge outburst when the phone rings, but do praise him when he doesn't have an aggressive outburst. If this technique doesn't work, I strongly suggest consulting a professional dog trainer, b/c the old addage "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" just isn't true. Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Perhaps the ring is a bit loud for him. Try turning down the volume on the phone and if the problem persists, see a trainer or a vet.

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  • Sonja
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    One thing to try is getting a "clicker", or some other device that emits a short sharp sound (this doesn't hurt the dog). The idea behind this is to use it to distract the dogs attention when he is behaving innappropriately (use it behind your back), and when you get his attention with eye contact, give him a food reward. This encourages him to defer to you as his owner, and also calms the behaviour. Everytime he barks or goes to bite;

    1. Make the sound.

    2. Command him to "Look!" and get eye contact with him.

    3. lmmediately praise him and give food treat.

    Good Luck!

    Source(s): Years of being owned by dogs
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  • 1 decade ago

    Express your concern to a professional dog trainer. They can usually kick problems like this out of the dog's behavior.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ask Uncle Mattie, the dog trainer

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  • 1 decade ago

    keep him out of the area of the phone

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Get his hearing checked out. He is hearing something above your hearing and it is hurting...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the vet

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