Moss had learned to bark at me if the phone rings. Once we were out walking in the woods and he ran at me and barked once. It only took a second for me to realize that he was telling me my phone was ringing. The phone was in my pocket but I couldn’t hear it.
After reading up on hearing dogs, I read that barking is not the best way for the dog to alert. They should give the owner a nudge or do something to show what is making the noise. So I should work on teaching Moss to nudge me.
The other day, Moss was out on his line basking in the warm weather. (We don’t have a yard and he doesn’t mind being on the line.) I usually leave the door open so I can keep an eye on things. Suddenly he barked. He almost never barks so I stopped to check. He was telling me the phone on my desk was ringing. Now he couldn’t get to me to nudge me but he heard the phone from outside and let me know it was ringing. Maybe I’ll just let him alert with a bark. It works for us.
Now if I can just get Doc NOT to bark when I make a call….