Dog Barking at Dryer? Here’s How to Stop It!

You just want to get your clothes dried, but your dog barks at the dryer and goes absolutely nuts every time you’re finishing up a load of laundry. Why do they do this? Why is your dog afraid of the dryer? Are dogs scared of the heat from a dryer? And if they’re braver, will a dog try to get in the dryer to explore?

Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this obnoxious issue. And obviously, we’ll cover what you really came here for: how to stop your dog barking at the dryer. It won’t be long until this is all a thing of the past! Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Dryer? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at the Dryer

Dog Barking at Dryer

To get your dog to stop barking at the dryer, they need to learn to become quiet when instructed. For us to do that, bring your dog somewhere you know that they like to bark such as the park, with plenty of dog treats. Leave them on their leash and stay a good distance away from the other people there.

As soon as your dog begins barking, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they give you their attention, then reward them with a treat and praise immediately. But if they start barking again or never quit, then you should hide a treat inside of your hand.

Put your hand right next to your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to smell the treat even inside of your fist and will quit their barking to investigate it. Once they’ve gotten silent and are also giving you their attention, again issue the “quiet” command and then open your hand to give them their praise and a treat.

If your dog continues staying silent, keep rewarding them with a treat and praise. But if they start to bark again, regardless of whether it’s at you or at something at the park, repeat the steps of placing a treat in your fist, putting it right by their nose, and then waiting until they’ve become silent.

Be sure that you’re waiting until your dog has gotten quiet before you give them their rewards. This creates a positive connection with your dog with giving you their attention and staying silent whenever you say “quiet.” Reward them immediately with praise and treats when your dog is doing what they should.

With repetition, consistency, and patience, your dog will get silent just by you giving the command, and it will no longer be necessary to put your hand by their mouth. You should then begin increasing the duration of time before you reward them. Start with just 2 seconds, then move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.

Before long, the praise and food rewards won’t be necessary and you can get your dog to quit barking at your dryer or at anything else and all you’ll have to do is give the “quiet” command.

But while this will get your dog to stop barking at the dryer, it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issue (anxiety) that was causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address that, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“Well, how can I get these changes to stick, 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 the dryer 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 the dryer ever again!

Why Is My Dog Afraid of the Dryer?

Your dog is afraid of the dryer because they’re noisy, and they don’t understand what’s going on. All of this makes them very stressed and anxious, so they respond in the only way they know how to a perceived threat: by barking. Remember that while it may be quiet to you, your dog has very sensitive hearing so even a low-noise dryer could seem very loud to your dog.

The real problem arises when your dog barks at the dryer but ignores you when you tell them to stop. Being afraid of the dryer and then responding by barking isn’t unusual, but refusing your commands to stop is, and shouldn’t be allowed as it’s a direct sign that they don’t respect you as their leader. This will only lead to more problems if allowed to continue.

Your dog will not only get the idea that they’re in charge, but that responding by barking to whatever confuses or annoys them is okay. Soon, you’ll find your dog barks at the washing machine, barks at the oven (it makes high-frequency sounds), barks at the vacuum cleaner, and barks at the dishwasher.

For obvious reasons, you can see why letting things get to that point could turn your household in to a loud and obnoxious place to be. But you can stop this before it starts (or get control of it if you’re already there) quite easily. To learn how to stop your dog from barking at the dryer while regaining their respect for your leadership, go back to the first section now.

Are Dogs Scared of the Heat From a Dryer?

Many dogs are scared of the heat from a dryer because they don’t like high temperatures in general. It may even remind them of times in the past when things were burnt, and they get worried that the dryer is burning and will be dangerous to them, you, and their territory (your home).

If your dog seems to be scared of the heat coming from the dryer, make sure to put them outside or into another closed-off room before starting your dryer. If that’s not an option, then the next time you run the dryer, if your dog goes near it give them pets, positive praise, and treats anytime they’re remaining relaxed. They’ll quickly learn to form positive connections with the dryer.

Will a Dog Try to Get In the Dryer?

Some dogs may try to get in the dryer, though it’s very unlikely. Many types of dogs can be very curious, and they may sense smells in there that they enjoy (you and your family’s scents), which could prompt them to try and climb inside to sniff things out. If your dog is small enough to fit in the dryer, be sure to do a quick check before running it, as improbable as it may be.

I’m sure you’re ready to finish up your laundry without your dog being obnoxious, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best of luck, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barking at Dryer? Here’s How to Stop It!”

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.