Our little puppy is causing me quite the conundrum. She has developed this habit of barking at the sound of the doorbell. I know, nothing surprising, nothing weird.
She barks anytime a doorbell rings on TV.
I know. This is not surprising.
Here’s the thing. No one rings our doorbell. In her 7 months of life she may have heard OUR doorbell ring twice – maybe three times.
Sure, sometimes people come over – but they rarely ring the doorbell. They just come in – knock while opening the door.
So, I ask you – where did she learn this? How does she know that the sound “ding-dong” means she should run angry and defensive to the front door?
It truly baffles me.
The only explanation I can come up with is barking at a doorbell is instinctual as a result of generations of domestic Shih-poos who have evolved like Pavolv’s dog to respond to a doorbell with a bark. It’s fascinating to me.
Have you ever stopped to think about this? Or is it just me… and the Boy – he finds it weird too.
Other quirks we’ve noticed: She refuses to go to the basement. No particular reason that we can tell. She is fully capable of going down the stairs. She has been down there maybe once or twice when she was a baby and we carried her around everywhere we went. Nope. Will not do it. She stands at the top of the stairs and peeks her head around the doorframe. We’ve called her from the bottom of the stairs – no dice.
That’s not really a big deal since our basement is not finished we’re really only down there doing laundry most of the time. But this last one – is getting to be a pain in the butt.
She won’t come up the deck stairs from the backyard. She’s done those stairs with ease for months. No problem, running up and down without a care in the world. The last 2 weeks(ish)? No thank you. Stands at the bottom and barks at us until we come out and get her. At which point she trots away a few feet and sits down, waiting to be picked up and carried up the stairs.
We’ve started trying to treat train her into doing them again, and I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the 2″ ice patch at the bottom of the stairs that makes the ground nearly level with the first little stair. And then there’s the fact that sometimes her leash gets stuck on a hard bit of snow and gets stuck. This happened to her right before the refusal to climb the stairs started, she ran up the stairs and got pulled back a bit because her leash was stuck. Is that enough to scare her out of it? And how long will she remember that happened? How smart is this dog?
It’s a good thing she’s cute.