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

It’s so strange and confusing. You put your dog out back or take them for a walk and what do they do? Your dog barks at flowers the first chance they get! Why is that? Why does your dog bark at flowers? Are dogs scared of flowers? And are they safe? Can dogs eat flowers?

Today, we’ll answer every question you have about this odd problem. We’ll obviously also cover how to stop your dog barking at the flowers. It won’t be long until you don’t have to listen to this anymore. Continue reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Flowers? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at Flowers

Dog Barking at Flowers

To stop dog barking at flowers:

  1. Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use whenever they bark at flowers or at any other time you need them to pay attention and become silent.
  2. To do so, take your dog to a place you know they’ll likely bark such as the park with lots of treats.
  3. Once your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they listen to you and become silent while also focusing on you reward them with praise and a treat immediately.
  4. But if your dog continues to bark or soon starts back up, then hide a small treat in the palm of your hand.
  5. Put your hand right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to pick up the scent even within your fist and should stop barking to investigate it.
  6. Once they’ve stopped barking and are giving you their complete attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with praise and a small treat.
  7. If they continue to be silent and are paying you their full focus, keep rewarding them with treats and praise.
  8. 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 near their nose, and waiting until they stop their barking and give you their focus.
  9. Make sure to always wait until they’ve stopped barking and are giving you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you give them any praise or treats.
  10. This forms a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being quiet and fully focusing on you.
  11. With practice, time, and patience, you will be able to get them to respond with just the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer have to put your hand by their mouth.
  12. When your dog is responding well with only the command, then you can start increasing the amount of time you pause before you reward them.
  13. Begin by waiting for 1-2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
  14. Soon, you’ll no longer need to reward your dog with food and praise, and they will be quiet and give you their attention solely by you giving the command.

These steps will get your dog to stop barking at flowers, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issues (anxiety, overexcitement, 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 stick?”

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 flowers 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 flowers ever again!

Why Does My Dog Bark at Flowers?

Your dog barks at flowers because they’re scared for some reason. The flowers make them stressed and anxious, which many dogs respond to by barking. They may just appear strange to your dog, or perhaps they ate one in the past which led to unpleasant feelings (got poked in the mouth, upset stomach, etc), and now your dog is afraid of flowers.

But if your dog is barking at flowers and ignoring you when you tell them to stop, then you have a disobedience issue on your hands. Your dog does not respect your leadership, and if you don’t get a handle on things right away then their problems are only going to worse.

Your dog’s anxiety will take hold of them and they’ll be barking at all sorts of things. Your dog will bark at school buses, bark at cameras, bark at your friend, and bark when you go upstairs. They’ll be so worried that any little thing could set them off. All because they just don’t have full trust in you.

The good news, however, is that you can easily correct this issue while also addressing their problem with barking at the flowers at the same time. To learn how, go back to the first section now where we’ll give you exact step-by-step instructions to follow.

Are Dogs Scared of Flowers?

Dogs are scared of flowers in some cases. Though most will not be, it’s not uncommon either. When they are, it’s often because the flowers appear unusual to your dog, and they have high levels of anxiety so this strangeness is enough to get them barking. It’s also possible that an animal that scared them was hiding among flowers. Other dogs that bark at flowers may have had a negative experience when eating a flower previously.

Your dog could have attempted to eat a flower and was then poked by the stem which they found unpleasant, so now they bark at all flowers. They could have eaten a flower which caused them to feel ill, so now they get uneasy and on edge anytime they see them.

There is a range of explanations, so know that it is possible for dogs to be scared of flowers, but in most cases, they will be fine. If your dog is scared of and barks at flowers, go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you how to address this frustrating, odd problem.

Can Dogs Eat Flowers?

Dogs can eat many flowers, but it’s best to not allow them to do so because many popular varieties will make your dog sick. Even those flowers which are not toxic to dogs can be treated with harmful chemicals which certainly are, so it’s best to play things safe and to not allow your dog to eat flowers.

Flowers that are toxic to dogs include:

  • Autumn Crocus
  • Begonia
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daffodils
  • Foxglove
  • Geranium
  • Iris
  • Lily
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Tulip and Hyacinth

Common symptoms that your dog has eaten a toxic flower include drooling, vomiting, and lethargy. If you observed or have reason to believe your dog ate a poisonous flower, contact your veterinarian right away.

If you notice your dog about to eat a flower, give them a calm but firm “no” or “stop.” Bring a chew toy along on your walks so you can give them this instead if they’re showing that they want to chew on something. When they take this rather than eating a flower, praise them and give them pets (a small treat would be good too).

The positive associations with the chew toy and negative associations with flowers should keep your dog from eating flowers in the future even when you’re not around. It will take time, patience, and consistency, however, before you can feel confident in this. Ensure that anyone else who spends time with your dog is also following these instructions.

I’m sure you’re sick of your dog ruining your enjoyment of flowers, so I’ll let you begin now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barking at Flowers? 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.