How to Stop Dog Barking at Dishwasher
Every single time you do a load of dishes it happens: your dog barks at the dishwasher like crazy! What is going on when they do this? Why is your dog barking at the dishwasher? How do you handle this? What do you do when your dog is scared of the dishwasher? And what if it’s the opposite? Why does your dog like the dishwasher?
Be confused no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this frustrating problem. And of course, we’ll cover what you’re most interested in: how to stop your dog from barking at the dishwasher. It won’t be long until this is all a thing of the past! Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Dishwasher!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at the Dishwasher
To stop dog barking at the dishwasher:
- To get your dog to be silent whenever they start to bark at the dishwasher, teach them the “quiet” command.
- To accomplish that, take your dog to a place you know they’ll probably bark like the park with lots of small treats.
- When your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a calm, positive voice. If they listen to you and become silent while also giving you their complete focus reward them with praise and a treat immediately.
- But if your dog keeps barking or soon starts back up, then hide a treat within your fist.
- Place your fist right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to detect the scent even inside of your fist and should pause their barking to sniff it.
- As soon as they’ve quit 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 paying you their attention, keep rewarding them with praise and treats.
- But if they again begin to bark or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of hiding a treat within your fist, placing it close to their nose, and waiting until they quit their barking and focus on you.
- Make sure to always wait until they’ve quit their barking and are giving you all their focus, and then say “quiet” before you give them any treats or praise.
- This forms a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being silent and fully focusing on you.
- With time, repetition, and patience, you should be able to get them to behave solely with the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer have to put your hand near their mouth.
- Once your dog is doing well with just the command, then you can start increasing the duration of time you pause until you reward them.
- Start by waiting for 2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.
- it will no longer be necessary to reward your dog with food and praise, and they will become silent and give you their focus solely by you giving the command.
But you’ll still need to address the underlying issue which led to all of this disobedience to begin with, which is your dog’s feelings of anxiety. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog’s problem showing itself in other ways that could be even worse.
And for us to properly go over 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 all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But every time that your dog barks at the dishwasher, they are definitively proving to you that they have no respect for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at the dishwasher and refuse to listen when you tell them to quit. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety-related disrespect. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, and they would do so happily.
Show your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these great things a reality.
Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the worry and confusion that their anxiety problems are currently burdening their little shoulders with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
“Yes, of course, but how do I do any of this?”
You should watch an incredibly useful 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 everything in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these crucial changes in your dog in no time.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at 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 Is My Dog Barking at the Dishwasher?
Your dog is barking at the dishwasher because they have very sensitive hearing, and to them, it is very noisy. This causes them to be uneasy and stressed, and they respond by barking at the source of this discomfort (your dishwasher). While it may seem quiet to you, your dog has an incredible sense of hearing so this noise is significantly amplified for them.
The real problem arises when your dog is barking at the dishwasher and completely ignoring your commands to be quiet. This is a clear sign of disrespect of your leadership, as your dog feels that they’re free to do whatever they want and that they can simply overrule you if they feel like doing something.
It might be easy to write this off as a quirk of dogs and then allow it to continue, but that would be a major mistake. This gives your dog tacit approval to not just bark at the dishwasher but to also refuse your commands and instead do whatever they want. Their disobedience problems will then grow and escalate.
You’ll soon find that your dog is barking at the washing machine, barking at the dryer, barking at the vacuum cleaner, and even barking at the oven (it makes high-frequency sounds you can’t hear, but your dog can). I’m sure you can understand how this could become incredibly frustrating and obnoxious very quickly, so it’s important to address their problem now.
To learn how to stop your dog from barking at the dishwasher while also getting control of their disrespect, go back to the first section now where we’ll give you the exact steps you need to be following.
What Do You Do When Your Dog Is Scared of the Dishwasher?
When your dog is scared of the dishwasher, you should slowly but surely desensitize them to its sounds. While the dishwasher is running, take them to the far side of the nearest room. Play games with them, give them treats, give them praise, and give them pets. As they’re doing well, move closer and closer to the entrance to the kitchen, before going in all the way.
Take your time with your dog, and don’t force anything on them. There’s a good chance you’ll need multiple training sessions to get them over their fear of the dishwasher, so don’t get frustrated if they don’t get things right away. Keep things brief, as multiple short training sessions will be more effective than a long individual one.
Why Does My Dog Like the Dishwasher?
Your dog likes the dishwasher because they’re sensing something in there that they like. While it may not smell like anything but dishwashing soap to you, your dog has an incredible sense of smell and can still smell all the little bits of food that have been in there. For obvious reasons, you can then see why many dogs would actually enjoy the dishwasher, as they connect it to food.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to handling your kitchen chores without your dog bothering you, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Good luck, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Dishwasher.”