My Dog Keeps Barking at the Corner of the Room

It’s so strange and worrying: your dog barks at the corner of the room! What is going on when they do this? Why is your dog barking at a corner of the room? And what if they’re an older dog? Does that many anything different? What about when your dog growls at the corner?

Well, fret and wonder no more, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. And we’ll of course cover how to stop your dog barking at the corner of the room first and foremost. Very soon, you’ll have this issue figured out and you’ll know exactly what to do. Keep reading below for our article “My Dog Keeps Barking at the Corner of the Room”

Dog Barking at Corner of Room: How to Stop

My Dog Keeps Barking at the Corner of the Room

To stop dog barking at corners:

  1. Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use anytime they bark at corners or whenever you need them to become silent.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. But if your dog keeps barking or soon resumes, then hide a small treat within your fist.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. If they continue to be silent and are giving you their focus, keep rewarding them with praise and treats.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. This creates a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being silent and fully focusing on you.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Begin by waiting for about 2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.
  14. 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.

These steps will get your dog to stop barking at corners, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issues (anxiety, dominance, etc.) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address those, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last then?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like when your dog barks at corners and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog barking at corners ever again!

Dog Growling at Corner of Room: How to Stop

Dogs growling at the corner of the room can be stopped by first identifying the root cause and then addressing it appropriately. Some dogs may growl at seemingly nothing, while others may be reacting to something only they can perceive. Understanding the reason behind your dog’s behavior is the first step to finding a solution.

One common reason for why dogs growl at corners is that they’re suffering from anxiety or stress. Changes in their environment, such as moving to a new home, can make dogs feel uneasy and more prone to reacting to perceived threats. In such cases, giving them time to adjust and providing comfort and reassurance can help alleviate their anxiety.

Another possibility is that your dog might be sensing something you can’t, like a rodent or insect hiding in the corner. Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and hearing, which allows them to detect things that humans might miss. If you suspect this might be the cause, you can investigate further and take action to eliminate the problem, such as pest control.

Sometimes, dogs may react to reflections or shadows in the corner of the room. They might not understand that it’s just a play of light and might perceive it as a threat. If you notice that your dog’s growling coincides with a certain time of day or under specific lighting conditions, consider altering the room’s lighting to minimize reflections or shadows.

A medical issue could also be a factor in your dog’s growling. If your dog is experiencing discomfort or pain, they might be more sensitive and reactive to stimuli. In these cases, it’s important to consult your veterinarian to identify any underlying health issues and seek appropriate treatment.

Lastly, your dog could simply be bored and seeking attention. Growling at the corner of the room might become a habit if it consistently gets your attention. To break this habit, try offering positive reinforcement when your dog is calm and ignoring the growling behavior when it occurs.

Why Is My Dog Barking at a Corner of the Room?

Dog Barking at Corner of Room

Dogs may bark at a corner of the room for various reasons, such as detecting sounds or smells, experiencing anxiety or stress, or reacting to reflections or shadows. Let’s explore these possibilities in more detail.

Detecting Sounds or Smells

Your dog’s extraordinary senses might be picking up on something you can’t perceive. Dogs have a keen sense of hearing and smell, enabling them to detect even the slightest sounds or odors.

For instance, your dog could be hearing insects, rodents, or a tiny leak in a pipe. Alternatively, it could be smelling a hidden mold or mildew problem. Pay attention to their behavior, and consider inspecting the area for any unusual issues.

Anxiety and Stress

Sometimes, barking at a corner can be a sign of anxiety or stress in your dog. In such cases, the corner itself might not be the problem. Instead, it could be a coping mechanism for the dog to express their unease. Common triggers of anxiety in dogs include new environments, loud noises, or a lack of routine.

If you suspect stress or anxiety is the cause, make sure your dog has a comfortable, safe space to retreat to and go back to the first section of this article to learn more about addressing their problem at its root.

Reflections and Shadows

Dogs can sometimes be intrigued or alarmed by reflections or shadows in the room. Mirrors, shiny surfaces, or even the play of light through a window can create visual effects that capture a dog’s attention.

These reflections and shadows might lead your dog to bark at a corner, even though there’s nothing there that you can see. Try to identify any sources of unusual light or shadow in the room and address them if necessary.

Health Issues

In some cases, barking at a corner could be related to an underlying health issue. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome, similar to Alzheimer’s in humans, could cause a dog to bark at seemingly random things or spaces.

Additionally, vision or hearing problems may lead your dog to become more easily startled or confused, resulting in barking at unusual locations. If you’re concerned about your dog’s health, it’s always a good idea to consult with a veterinarian to rule out any medical issues.

It’s important not to ignore your dog’s problem, or else you’ll soon find them barking at practically every little sound within your house. You’ll find your dog is barking at the ceiling, barking at the walls, and barking at the floor, ground, or carpet. To learn how to stop all of this while also handling the problem at its root cause, go back to the first section of this article.

Old Dog Barking at a Corner: What’s Going On?

If you notice your older dog barking at a corner, there could be several reasons behind this behavior, such as age-related health issues, sensory decline, or changes in their environment. Let’s dive deeper into these potential causes.

Age-Related Health Issues

As dogs age, they may develop health problems that can contribute to unusual behavior, such as barking at a corner. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), similar to Alzheimer’s in humans, is a common issue in older dogs that can cause disorientation, confusion, and changes in behavior.

If you suspect that your dog is experiencing CDS or any other age-related health issue, consult with a veterinarian for a proper evaluation and recommendations for treatment.

Sensory Decline

Older dogs often experience a decline in their senses, such as hearing and vision, which can lead to increased confusion and disorientation. Your dog may be barking at a corner because they can’t see or hear as well as they used to, and they might be reacting to shadows or sounds that were not noticeable before.

You need to make sure that you’re being patient with your aging dog and also making any necessary adjustments to accommodate their sensory decline, such as providing more lighting in dim areas or reducing background noise.

Changes in Environment

Senior dogs can become more sensitive to changes in their environment, leading to increased anxiety or stress. If you’ve recently moved, rearranged furniture, or made other changes to your home, your old dog might be barking at a corner due to these alterations.

Creating a stable and familiar environment for your senior dog can help reduce their stress and anxiety. Offer a comfortable space for them to retreat to and ensure they have a consistent routine to follow.

Physical Discomfort

Older dogs are more prone to experiencing physical discomfort due to issues like arthritis, joint pain, or muscle weakness. Your dog may be barking at a corner because they’re feeling uncomfortable and don’t know how to express their discomfort.

Make sure to provide your older dog with a comfortable and supportive bed, and consult with your veterinarian about possible pain management strategies or treatments for any underlying health conditions.

Remember that patience, understanding, and compassion are key when dealing with an older dog exhibiting unusual behavior. Always consult with a veterinarian if you’re concerned about your dog’s health or behavior to ensure they receive the appropriate care and support.

Is My Dog Sick if They Bark at Corners?

While barking at corners may sometimes be an indication of an underlying health issue, it’s not always the case. There could be other reasons behind this behavior, such as detecting sounds or smells, anxiety, or environmental factors.

To determine whether your dog is sick, observe their overall behavior and look for any additional signs of illness, such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or changes in their usual routine. If you’re concerned about your dog’s health, it’s always best to consult with a veterinarian who can assess their condition and provide appropriate guidance.

I’m sure you’re sick of your hearing when your dog growls and barks at corners, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “My Dog Keeps Barking at the Corner of the Room!”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.