Dog Barking at Badger? Here’s How to Stop It!
You want to take your pup out into nature, but you’re so worried because every time they encounter one, your dog barks at badgers. Why do they have to provoke them? Why do dogs bark at badgers? Are badgers dangerous to dogs? How far will they take things? Do badgers go after dogs, or will they run away?
Today, we’re going to give you all the information you need about this scary issue. Most importantly, we’ll tell you exactly how to stop your dog barking at badgers once and for all. Soon, you’ll never have to worry about coming across one again. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Badger? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at Badger
To stop dog barking at badger:
- To get your dog to be silent whenever they begin barking at a badger, teach them the “quiet” command.
- To do this, take your dog to a place you know they’ll want to bark like the park with lots of treats.
- Once your dog begins to bark, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they listen to you and get silent while also giving you their full attention reward them with praise and a treat right away.
- But if your dog keeps barking or quickly resumes, then hide a small treat in your hand.
- Put your fist right next to your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to pick up the scent even within your fist and should quit 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 treat and praise.
- If they keep being silent and are giving you their complete attention, keep rewarding them with praise and treats.
- But if they again begin barking or are not paying attention, repeat the process of putting a treat within your fist, placing it close to their nose, and pausing until they quit their barking and pay attention.
- Always be sure to wait until they’ve quit their barking and are giving you all their focus, 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 staying silent and paying attention to you.
- With consistency, practice, and patience, you will be able to get them to respond with solely the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer need to place your fist by their mouth.
- Once your dog is responding well with only the command, then you should begin 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.
- Soon, you won’t need to reward your dog with praise and food, and they will become quiet and give you their attention solely by you giving the command.
This will get your dog to stop barking at badgers, but it’s important to remember that the issues which were causing all of this to begin with (dominance and anxiety) will still remain. And you definitely need to address those, because not doing so means that your dog will continue to suffer, act up, and misbehave in other ways.
And to do that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. 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 a badger, they are without a doubt telling you that they don’t respect you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at badgers and ignore you when you try to get them to quit. They wouldn’t display any other types of dominance or anxiety-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so immediately.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these great transformations a reality.
Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because you’ll have freed them from all of the worry and confusion that their anxiety and dominance problems are currently burdening their little shoulders with every single second of every single day.
Sounds terrific, doesn’t it?
“Yeah, of course, but how do I actually do this?”
You should watch a tremendous free video series which is on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In the series, he explains everything in ways that are very easy to understand 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.
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Why Do Dogs Bark at Badgers?
Dogs bark at badgers because of territorial dominant behavior. Your dog feels the need to protect their area from this strange intruder, and even when you’re not at home they still feel like it’s their duty to protect you, regardless of whether the badger is actually posing a threat. To make themselves seem imposing and to scare the badger away, your dog then barks and gets aggressive.
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But if your dog is barking at badgers and ignoring you when you tell them to stop (either at home or out in nature), then you have a clear problem on your hands. This shows that your dog’s issues with dominance have progressed to the point that they feel above you. They think that they get to make the decisions and that it’s up to them to determine when something poses a threat.
Obviously, you can see how this could quickly get out of hand if you allow it to continue. Doing nothing gives your dog tacit approval not just for barking at the badger, but also for disobeying your commands. They’ll then begin to act in this way more often and will become more aggressive. Things could quickly progress to the point that they’re even attacking.
You don’t want your dog attacking wild animals or others, so it’s critically important that you begin addressing their false beliefs about who is in charge immediately. If you don’t, you’ll quickly see your dog getting aggressive and barking at all sorts of animals in nature.
You’ll find that your dog barks at foxes, barks at raccoons, barks at skunks, barks at possums, and barks at turkeys. If things reach the point of attacks, your dog or these animals could be seriously injured. To prevent this from happening, you should learn how to stop your dog from barking at badgers while also regaining their respect. Go back to the first section now and we’ll instruct you.
Are Badgers Dangerous to Dogs?
Badgers are very dangerous to dogs. They possess extremely powerful claws which are meant for digging down into the hard earth that are more than enough to seriously injure or even kill a dog. Badgers are also known to attack a dog’s face and neck, with the injuries frequently being fatal.
It is very important that you not allow your dog to get into a confrontation with a badger. If your dog barks at badgers, then you need to begin training this behavior out of them immediately. Go back to the first section now where we’ll give you instructions on how to do that.
Do Badgers Go After Dogs?
Badgers do not go after dogs. They are, however, opportunistic feeders and will attempt to steal food from small animals, including dogs. Since dogs are resource-protective, this could easily lead to a confrontation which could prove very dangerous and even fatal to the dog.
If badgers are known to be in your area, you should be cautious about feeding your dog outdoors. If you must do so, bring the food inside when your dog is not eating so that badgers and other scavenging animals won’t be attracted to your dog’s feeding area.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to not worrying about encountering badgers with your dog anymore, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Best wishes with all of this, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Barking at Badger? Here’s How to Stop It!.”