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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.

Still, to make real, long-lasting progress you need to ultimately address the problem at its root. Right now, your dog is basically doing whatever they want, losing control of their emotions, and most importantly: not listening to you or your commands to stop an unwanted behavior (barking at the flowers).

And to do that, we must first talk about what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve probably 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 flowers, they are definitively showing you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t bark at flowers and ignore you when you tell them to stop. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety-related disrespect or misbehavior. 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 deserving and capable one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these terrific changes your reality.

You’ll be better off for obvious reasons. But your dog will be too because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the worry and confusion that their anxiety problems are currently saddling them with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

“Yes, of course, but how am I supposed to do this then?”

You should watch a wonderful 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 very easy ways 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 no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching techniques 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 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!”