Dog Barking at Dry Ice? Here’s What to Do!

What is it about dry ice that gets dogs so riled up? You know the drill: you bring it out, and your dog goes nuts! Why does your dog bark at dry ice? Does it bother them? Can dogs smell dry ice? Does dry ice affect dogs in any way? Should you just keep them away altogether? Is dry ice toxic to dogs?

Today, we will answer every question you have about this problem. We’ll also get to what you’re really interested in: how to stop your dog from barking at dry ice. It won’t be long before your dog remains calm and quiet around dry ice. Won’t that be nice? Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Dry Ice!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at Dry Ice

Dog Barking at Dry Ice

To stop dog barking at dry ice:

  1. Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use whenever they bark at dry ice or at any other time you need them to be silent.
  2. To accomplish that, take your dog somewhere you know they’ll probably bark like the park with lots of treats.
  3. When your dog begins to bark, say “quiet” in a positive, calm voice. If they respond and get silent while also giving you their complete attention give them praise and a treat right away.
  4. But if your dog keeps barking or soon starts back up, then hide a treat within your fist.
  5. Place your hand right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to pick up the scent even inside of your fist and should pause their barking to investigate it.
  6. Once they’ve stopped barking and are giving you all their attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to give them praise and a small treat.
  7. If they keep being silent and are paying you their attention, keep rewarding them with praise and treats.
  8. But if they again resume barking or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of hiding a treat inside of your fist, placing it close to their nose, and waiting until they stop their barking and pay attention.
  9. Always be sure to pause until they’ve stopped their barking and are giving you all their focus, and then say “quiet” before you give them any treats or praise.
  10. This creates a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with staying quiet and paying attention to you.
  11. With time, practice, and patience, you should be able to get them to behave with just the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer need to place your hand by their mouth.
  12. Once your dog is responding well with just the command, then you should start lengthening the amount of time you wait before you reward them.
  13. Start by waiting for 2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
  14. you’ll no longer need to give your dog any food and praise, and they will become quiet and give you their focus just by you giving the command.

This should help your dog to stop barking at the dry ice, but you’ll still need to address their disobedience which was caused by their underlying issues with dominance and anxiety. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog continuing to think that they run the show, and their problem will just start showing itself in even worse ways.

For us to go over that, we must first talk about what makes dogs tick deep down. You’ve likely 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 dry ice, they are without a doubt telling you that they have no trust for you as the head of the family pack.

If they did, they wouldn’t be barking at the dry ice and then not listening when you tell them to stop. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety or dominance-related disrespect. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.

Make it clear to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these terrific changes your reality.

You’ll win for obvious reasons. But your dog will be the real winner here because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety and dominance issues are currently saddling them with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sounds wonderful, don’t you agree?

“Sure, absolutely, 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 very 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 simple 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 escalate any further.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t stress, because no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching methods at all times. Not just because they’re 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 Dry Ice?

Your dog barks at dry ice because they are confused and scared by its strange behavior. This causes them to feel very stressed, anxious, and worried. Some dogs will retreat when they are experiencing these feelings, but dogs who are also dominant are likely to become aggressive which they will show through barking.

Remember that dogs have much stronger senses of smell and hearing, so the odd way that dry ice appears and reacts will be picked up much more strongly by them than it is by you. But if they respond by barking at the dry ice and don’t listen when you tell them to stop, then you have a real problem on your hands.

That’s because this is a clear sign that they don’t respect your role in the home. They feel that they are allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want. They likely also see it as their responsibility to protect not only themselves but you. While that may seem nice, it probably doesn’t when you realize it’s because they don’t view you as capable.

You need to get to the root of this issue immediately, as not doing so will give your dog not just the message that it’s okay, but actually encouraged. They will then begin misbehaving and acting up more often, and in much worse ways than they are at the moment.

You’ll find your dog’s behavior escalates and they will become more standoffish. Your dog might bite visitors, they will be aggressive to your roommate or your husband, and they could even start growling at you for no reason. Imagine how awful that will feel! To learn how to stop this disrespect now, while also stopping them from barking at the dry ice, go back to the first section now.

Can Dogs Smell Dry Ice?

Dogs most likely can smell dry ice. While it is not certain, most believe they can, as many breeds have been shown to be able to sniff it out with no other reasonable explanation. Dogs have a much stronger sense of smell than we do, so though it might not have a scent to you, that doesn’t mean your dog can’t detect anything.

Does Dry Ice Affect Dogs?

Dry ice does affect dogs. The vapors it causes could frighten many dogs, and the dry ice itself can have very negative effects on them if they come into contact with it, just as with you. Dogs will often investigate strange things by trying to taste them, so be very careful with them around it as they may try to lick or eat some, which would be very dangerous for them.

If your dog licks or eats dry ice, it will burn their tongue, throat, and stomach and you should take them to the vet immediately. Always ensure that the dry ice is stored in a way that it can’t be accessed, but you should still keep a close eye on them. You should also make it possible for your dog to be able to get away from the vapors if they feel scared.

Is Dry Ice Toxic to Dogs?

Dry ice is toxic to dogs, just as it is to you. If your dog eats or licks dry ice, it will burn their tongue, throat, and stomach and you need to seek medical attention at the veterinarian right away. When using dry ice, be sure to store it in a way that your dog can’t get into it, but still keep an eye on them when they’re in the area.

I’m sure you’re sick of your dog going crazy, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Barking at Dry Ice? Here’s What to Do!”