Dog Barking at Corner of Room? Here’s How to Stop It!
It’s so strange and worrying: your dog barks at the corner of the room! What is going on when they do this? Why does your dog bark at the corner of the room? And what if you have a senior dog? Why is your older dog barking at the corner? Is your dog sick if they bark at corners?
Well, fret and wonder no more, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. And we’ll also tell you how to stop your dog barking at the corner of the room. Very soon, you’ll have this issue figured out and you’ll know exactly what to do. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Corner of Room? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at Corners
To stop dog barking at corners:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use anytime they bark at corners or whenever you need them to become silent.
- For us to do that, you should take your dog somewhere you know they’ll want to bark such as the park with lots of small treats.
- As soon as your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they listen and become silent while also giving you their complete focus immediately reward them with praise and a treat.
- But if your dog keeps barking or soon resumes, then hide a small treat within your fist.
- Put your fist right next to your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to detect the scent even inside of your fist and will quit barking to investigate it.
- Once they’ve stopped barking and are paying you all their 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 focus, keep rewarding them with praise and treats.
- But if they again begin barking or are not paying attention, repeat the steps of hiding a treat within your fist, placing it next to their nose, and waiting until they quit their barking and give you their attention.
- Always make sure to pause until they’ve quit their barking and are paying you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any treats or praise.
- This creates a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being silent and fully focusing on you.
- With consistency, practice, and patience, you should be able to get them to respond with only the “quiet” command, and it will no longer be necessary to put your hand near their mouth.
- When your dog is responding well with only the command, then you should begin lengthening the amount of time you wait until you give them any rewards.
- Begin by waiting for about 2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.
- Soon, you won’t need to reward your dog with praise and food, and they will become quiet and pay attention to you just by you giving the command.
This will get your dog to stop barking at corners, but you can’t forget that the issues which were causing all of this in the first place (anxiety and possibly dominance) will still be present. And you absolutely must address those, because not doing so means that your dog will continue suffering and misbehaving in different (possibly worse) ways.
To properly address that, we must first talk about what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve likely heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog barks at corners and then doesn’t listen when commanded to stop, they are clearly proving to you that they have no respect for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t keep barking at the corner. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety-related misbehavior or disrespect. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a deserving and capable one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these great changes a reality.
Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety and possible dominance issues are currently saddling their little shoulders with every moment of every day.
That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
“Absolutely, sure, but how am I supposed to do this then?”
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 absolutely everything in ways that are very simple to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these important changes in your dog in no time.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t stress, because 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 the Corner of the Room?
Your dog barks at the corner of the room because they are hearing a critter behind the wall. They believe that is their responsibility to handle any threats or intruders to the home, and even a very small animal or insect behind the corner walls will provoke their barking. The fact that they can’t see or actually get at the source of this noise also makes them very anxious and stressed.
Though you may not be able to hear anything, remember that your dog can detect sounds that you cannot. But if your dog is barking at the corner of the room and completely ignoring you when you tell them to stop, then you have a potentially serious behavioral issue developing.
Your dog disobeying orders in this way is a clear sign of disrespect to your leadership in the home. Not only do they feel that is their job — and their job alone — to respond to threats, they are also showing that they don’t have any trust in you to decide what is, and what is not, a threat.
Essentially, your dog is showing you that they feel that are above you in the house pecking order. They make the rules, and they decide how to respond to intruders, and for how long. I’m sure you can see how this could quickly get out of control and make your home an absolute nightmare to live in.
You’ll soon find your dog barking at practically every little sound within the interior of your home’s structure. You’ll find your dog is barking at the ceiling, barking at the walls, and barking at the floor, ground, or carpet. Left untreated, their problem will only grow and escalate until they’re loud and aggressive regularly throughout the day.
Obviously, you don’t want to live like that, so it’s important to begin addressing things right away. To learn how to stop your dog barking at the corner of the room and also teach them to respect your commands and leadership, go back to the first section now.
Why Is My Older Dog Barking at the Corner?
Your older dog is barking at the corner either because they can sense something behind the walls, or because they’re experiencing cognitive dysfunction. Other signs that your dog is having problems with this health issue include acting disoriented or confused, forgetting normal routines or routes, and increased irritability.
If you feel like you’ve noticed these other signs from your dog, you should have them examined by your veterinarian as soon as possible. Only after ruling out this age-related health problem should you start considering that your dog is merely detecting the presence of a critter within the walls.
While that’s still not something you want to deal with, your dog has an incredible sense of hearing, so they’ll often pick up on even small insects that can be found within every home and don’t actually necessitate an expensive pest control visit. But your dog barking and ignoring you when you tell them to stop is a sign of dominance that needs to be dealt with before things get worse.
To learn the “quiet” command while also teaching your dog to respect your instructions and your role as the leader of the home, go back to the first section now where we’ll tell you exactly what to do.
Is My Dog Sick if They Bark at Corners?
Your dog could be sick if they bark at corners. It’s possible that they are doing this due to cognitive dysfunction. Other signs of this in dogs include being extremely irritable, losing interest in play, acting restlessly, forgetting routes or routines they’ve long known, and acting confused or disoriented.
If you believe you’ve noticed any of these behaviors from your dog, it’s best to be safe by scheduling a check-up with your vet right away.
I’m sure you’re sick of your hearing when your dog barks at corners, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barking at Corner of Room? Here’s How to Stop It!.”