By ryzzostar - 25/05/2016 19:50 - United States - Seminole
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I'm OP. There has been a sign on my doorbell since I brought her home that says "IF YOU RING THIS DOORBELL YOU WIN A SCREAMING BABY", as for the dog she's been through training (several times) but she failed... but she's as good-natured as they come, and my neighbor means well, he wanted to make sure I brought in the package because there has been a lot of theft in my neighborhood lately. My daughter was very premature but never been sick so we use natural remedies over Orajel and Tylenol/Motrin, she rarely fusses about her teeth, it was just one of those days.
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It's not that they have a loud dog and a young baby. They probably have a very well-behaved dog but most dogs go crazy and start barking at the sound of the doorbell or when people come over. It's really not uncommon. Also, she likely had the dog for a few years, at least, before she had her baby. Should she just abandon and get rid of her dog? Or maybe she should've just never had kids, if she wanted the dog so much? No to both - it doesn't have to be one or the other.
Dogs can (and probably should) be trained out of going ballistic whenever the doorbell goes off. Wouldn't have helped much in this situation since the doorbell going off twice probably would've woken up the kid anyway, but it's not really a harmless behavior. It's not just annoying, it means your dog is in a lot of stress whenever someone comes to your door. That is pretty unnecessary if it's a companion and not a specifically trained guard dog.
Their instincts can absolutely be controlled. Not every one can be controlled 100%, but you can help teach them self control. They have an easier time with it when you give them an outlet. Give them an appropriate time and place to use those instincts and they will find it easier to control them when it's not appropriate. Dogs are adaptable. If their instincts couldn't be controlled, they wouldn't be successful at living with humans.
Thoughts like this are why so many dogs are just thrown away when things get too tough. A go can be taught to be quieter and the baby is getting older every day. It was a bad day, but it's not permanent. My dogs have woken me up at bad times like when I've been very sick or for some other reason. It doesn't mean they are "loud dogs" or that they should be gotten rid of. It just means that they are a living being that acted inappropriately. People do it all the time and we have far more intelligence than a dog.
Put a sign on your door: "Caution: Sleeping baby. Caustic mother when wakened."
Why would your neighbors ring the bell? Is this some weird neighbor bullshit that people in suburbs do?
There could be something going on in the neighborhood that would cause the neighbor to think it was a good idea. A rash of thefts could prompt someone to make sure their neighbor knew there was a package. We had to do that a while back. We had neighbors hiding our packages in bushes and calling us when we got home to let us know where it was so that it wasn't stolen by someone with less than shining intentions.