Constant barking is a problem many poodle owners face. Dogs bark for many reasons. Genetic and environmental factors influence when, where, and how easily a dog barks. Poodles of all sizes have watch dog tendencies and will bark at intruders. Loneliness, boredom, fear, playfulness, guarding behavior, and even separation anxiety can cause problem barking. Barking becomes a problem when it’s excessive -barking too much, too loudly, and at the wrong times. Excessive barking is often a symptom of a more complex problem.
Identify The Reasons For Barking
The first step in controlling your poodles barking is to understand why your dog barks. Different reasons call for different approaches to solve the problem. Is there any pattern to when your dog barks? A certain time of day, at night, when it’s storming, when left alone.When did the barking start? Has your dog barked since it was a puppy or did a lifestyle change occur before the barking started? Where does the barking occur? Inside, outside, both, in the car, etc. Who is present? Does it make a difference whether your dog is alone or with you present? Where is the dogs focus? A certain person, animal, thing, nothing at all.
Barking To Get Attention
The attention seeking dog wants any kind of attention from anyone. The dog will bark, pause, and look or listen to see if anyone is paying attention, then start barking again. The bark is usually kind of high in pitch.
If your poodle barks for attention, you must teach her that barking will produce the opposite effect. When she barks ignore her and turn away. When she is quiet, face her but don’t interact. She will learn that barking means she sees your back and quiet means you will face her.
When your poodle is calm for thirty seconds, approach and praise her. Repeat this several times a day until she gets the idea.
Barking To Sound An Alarm
Your poodle may be very protective, so she may simply want to announce intruders. This type of barking is common for the Toy Poodle, in particular.
You will have to teach your poodle to bark and hush on command. When someone knocks on the door, ask your dog to speak and reward your dog by saying thank you? or good dog?.
Have someone help you. Ask your poodle to speak, instruct your helper to knock on the door when they hear you say this. At first your dog will bark at the knock on the door. After, several times of putting the word speak before the door knock, your dog will recognize the word as a cue to bark as well.
To get her to hush, say hush after she barks to the speak command. Dangle her favorite treat in front of her nose, once she sniffs the food and is quiet, give her the treat as a reward.
Repeat this several times a day.
Barking To Relieve Stress Or Boredom
If this is the case, you will need to teach your poodle to stay home alone contently. When you are gone, try leaving the radio on and provide interesting and treat filled toys.
On days you are home, frequently and for short periods, confine your poodle by tying your dogs leash to a table leg, door knob, or other stable object, near you and give her a chew toy to occupy her time. Gradually teach her to accept this, even when you leave the room. Stay close by and carefully supervise your dog when you do this.
Next, confine your poodle to another room or crate for short periods of time. Be sure to provide a chew toy at all times. This training takes time and repetition, so be patient.
Barking From Fear Or Over-Dependence
A worried, fearful poodle will bark at anyone or anything perceived as a threat. The dog who barks from fear alternately barks, lunges, and then backs away. There are a lot of issues involved with a fearful dog. One is the risk of a potential bite if the dog panics.
The overly dependent dog is bonded to one individual and suffers greatly when that person is gone. The bark is high pitched and frantic. The dog may pace, drool, whine, lick his paws for long periods of time (which could result in sores).
Both the fearful barker and the overly dependent barker are suffering from Separation Anxiety, and punishment can make things even worse.
I Just Love To Bark
This dog has high energy and lots of enthusiasm for life. This sentence alone describes the Poodle.
Things that wouldn’t be of interest to another dog spark the your poodles curiosity. She’s easily stimulated and movement is often a trigger. Her bark is high pitched and continuous. She moves around a lot while barking, alert and wagging her tail.
Barking is just plain fun and any attention she gets from you, she interprets as cheering her on. The best approach is to divert her attention with a treat, toy, or a massage.
Tips To Stop Barking
- Some dogs look to their owner for support while barking. Rather than comforting or scolding your Poodle, yawn and turn your face away from the dog.
- Give your dog more attention, not less, on your terms, not your dogs. The attention will be for good behavior, not scolding for barking.
- Play a game with one of her toys or take her for a walk. Exercise will give your dog something else to think about and relax tense muscles.
- A squirt bottle with plain water or a noise maker works for some dogs. Do not try this if your Poodle is sensitive to noise or fearful.
- Play relaxing music or try aroma therapy. Lavender, for example, is very calming scent.