Dog Barking at Alarm Clock? Here’s How to Stop It!
Having to wake up in the morning is bad enough, but it’s even worse lately because your dog barks at the alarm cock ringing every morning! Why do they have to make things worse? Why does your dog bark at your alarm? Are alarm clocks too loud for dogs? Are dogs scared of alarm clocks ringing?
Today, we’re going to answer each and every one of these questions for you. Obviously, we’ll also cover how to stop your dog barking at the alarm clock once and for all. Very soon, you won’t have to worry about this anymore. Continue reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Alarm Clock? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at Alarm Clock
To stop dog barking at alarm clock:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use anytime they bark at the alarm clock or whenever you need them to become silent.
- For us to do that, you should take your dog to a place you know they’ll probably bark (the park, etc) with plenty of small treats.
- When your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they respond and become silent while also focusing on you reward them with a treat and praise right away.
- But if your dog continues to bark or soon starts again, then hide a small treat in your fist.
- Put your hand right next to your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to detect the scent even inside of your fist and will stop barking to investigate it.
- Once they’ve stopped barking and are paying you their complete attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with a small treat and praise.
- If they continue to be silent and are giving you their full focus, keep rewarding them with treats and praise.
- But if they again resume barking or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of hiding a treat inside of your hand, placing it next to their nose, and waiting until they stop their barking and focus on you.
- Always be sure to pause until they’ve quit their barking and are paying you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you give them any praise or treats.
- This creates a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being quiet and giving you their complete attention.
- With repetition, consistency, and patience, you will be able to get them to behave with only the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer need to place your hand by their mouth.
- Once your dog is doing well with just the command, then you can start lengthening the amount of time you pause until you reward them.
- Begin by waiting for about 2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to about 5 seconds, and so on.
- Before long, you won’t need to give your dog any praise and food, and they will become quiet and give you their attention just by you giving the command.
This should get your dog to stop barking at your alarm clock, but you’ll still need to take care of their underlying issue of anxiety or it will only begin showing itself in other (likely worse) ways.
For us to go over that, we must first talk about what makes dogs function deep down. I’m sure you’ve heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But every time that your dog barks at the alarm clock, they are without a doubt showing you that they have no respect for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at your alarm clock and ignore you when told to stop. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety-related misbehavior or disrespect. And they would obey your commands at all times — immediately — and they would do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these wonderful transformations your reality.
You’ll win for obvious reasons. But your dog will be the real winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety problems are currently placing on their little shoulders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sounds like a terrific thing, doesn’t it?
“Yes, definitely, but how am I supposed to do this?”
You should watch a tremendous free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains all you’ll need to know in ways that are very easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you can start seeing these important changes in your dog before things get any worse.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your dog. Dan never uses those types of methods. Not just because loving teaching techniques are the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.
Why Does My Dog Bark at My Alarm?
Your dog barks at your alarm because they are loud and startling, which frightens them and causes them anxiety. Many dogs will then react to this by barking. Some dogs who also feel dominant might be barking not just due to being surprised and stressed, but also because they see it as their duty to protect you from this unknown loud noise.
A dog being caught off guard and then responding by barking is nothing unusual. The problem arises when your dog barks at the alarm clock and refuses to stop when told to do so, and when it’s continuously happening every morning. When these are happening, your dog is being both disobedient and also displaying an ongoing issue with anxiety.
You need to address this issue right away. First, because your dog is clearly suffering if they’re having stress problems day after day. Second, because not doing anything about their disobedience reinforces their beliefs that they are acting correctly, and (if they’re dominant) that they are in fact in charge of the household.
This will lead to their misbehavior growing and escalating so that it becomes much more frequent and is shown in much worse ways. What was once just barking at your alarm clock will spread. Your dog will be barking at your tea kettle, barking at your microwave, barking at your television, barking at your blender, and barking at your hair dryer, among many other things.
You can certainly see how frustrating this would make your life, but let’s not forget that your dog would be going through extremely unpleasant anxiety during all of this, which of course you also do not want. To learn how to stop your dog barking at your alarm clock ringing, while also handling their stress problems, go back to the first section now.
Are Alarm Clocks Too Loud for Dogs?
Alarm clocks are not too loud for dogs if you’re talking purely about hearing damage. Though they have very sensitive hearing, it takes sounds of 140 decibels to cause immediate hearing damage for a dog. An average alarm clock ring is 60 decibels, with the loudest reaching about 90 decibels.
That being said, alarm clocks due to both their noise level and the surprise factor could in a way be considered “too loud” for dogs because the combination of these things is more than enough to frighten many. If your dog is scared of alarm clocks, consider instead purchasing one which works by slowly filling the room with light.
These types of alarm clocks are not just easier on your dog but have also been found to be better for your wake-up experience.
Are Dogs Scared of Alarm Clocks Ringing?
Dogs are often scared of alarm clocks ringing. They produce loud, erratic noise which comes seemingly out of nowhere to your dog. Neither of these are things that dogs enjoy at all, of course. If your dog is afraid of your alarm clock ringing, consider replacing it with one which works by slowly making the room brighter.
These have been found to be better for the human wake-up experience, and your dog should also find it easier to deal with. You may want to use your traditional alarm clock set 5 minutes later at first just to be safe, but it’s likely switching to one of these would be something that would make getting up in the morning less jarring for both you and your dog.
I’m sure you’re ready to wake up without your dog going nuts, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best wishes with all of this, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barking at Alarm Clock? Here’s How to Stop It!”