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This could be caused by a few different things. Some dogs just bark at noises because it causes them to get excited, but it's possible that your dog barks because when the phone rings they know you are going to jump up and run over to answer it. Usually a ringing phone startles us and we jump up to get it, when dogs sense that surprise they think something is going on and get excited. So try conditioning them by having someone call the phone and just ignore it while giving your dog treats for something simple like sitting quietly, try to distract them, and most importantly ignore the phone. Hopefully they will realize that it is better to sit quietly when the phone rings, because it's not that exciting. Good luck!
Piper answered on 1/17/09. Helpful? / 0