Dog Barking at Foxes? Here’s How to Stop It!
Your dog keeps barking at foxes, and you’re getting so worried that they’ll provoke an attack! What should you be doing about this? And why do dogs bark at foxes anyways? Why is your dog barking at foxes at night and not at other times? Are foxes scared of dogs? Can foxes hurt dogs?
Today, we’re going to give you every single answer you need about this concerning problem. And of course, we’ll cover how to stop your dog barking at foxes for good. Soon, this will be a thing of the past for you and you won’t have to worry anymore. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Foxes? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at Foxes
To stop dog barking at foxes:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use anytime they bark at a fox or whenever you need them to give you their attention and be silent.
- Practice by taking your dog somewhere you know they’ll likely bark such as the park with lots of treats.
- Once your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they respond and become silent while also giving you their complete focus reward them with praise and a treat right away.
- But if your dog continues to bark or soon starts again, then hide a small treat in your hand.
- Place your hand right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to smell it even inside of your hand and should stop barking to sniff it.
- As soon as they’ve stopped barking and are giving you their full attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with praise and a treat.
- If they continue to be silent and are paying you their focus, continue rewarding them with treats and praise.
- But if they again begin barking or are not paying attention, repeat the steps of placing a treat inside of your hand, placing it by their nose, and pausing until they stop their barking and pay attention.
- Always make sure to wait until they’ve stopped their barking and are giving you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any treats or praise.
- This forms a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being silent and giving you their full attention.
- With practice, time, and patience, you should be able to get them to behave only with the “quiet” command, and it won’t be necessary anymore to put your fist by their mouth.
- Once your dog is doing well with just the command, then you can begin lengthening the amount of time you wait until you reward them.
- Start by pausing for about 1-2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.
- Before long, you won’t need to reward your dog with food and praise, and they will be quiet and pay attention to you just by you giving the command.
But you’ll still need to do something about the root problem that was causing all of this disobedience to begin with, which is your dog’s feelings of dominance over you and anxiety. Letting this continue will just lead to your dog’s issue growing and escalating into other behavioral problems.
To properly cover that, we must first discuss what makes dogs function deep down. I’m sure you’ve heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog barks at foxes, they are definitively showing you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at a fox and then completely ignore you when you tell them to stop. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance or anxiety-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 one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these wonderful things your reality.
Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the worry and confusion that their anxiety and dominance issues are currently saddling their little shoulders with every single second of every single day.
That sounds terrific, does it not?
“Yes, of course, but how am I supposed to do 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 all you’ll need to know in ways that are very easy to follow 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 before things escalate any further.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry, because no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to 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 Do Dogs Bark at Foxes?
Dogs bark at foxes because they see them as a threat and they’re trying to warn them to stay away. Your dog likely also feels both dominant and anxious and is very stressed because they feel the need to protect you, themselves, and if you’re at home or nearby, their territory.
While it’s not an unusual response, if your dog is barking at foxes and ignoring you when you tell them to be quiet, then that is a clear sign of a serious behavioral issue. In addition to the anxiety and stress they’re feeling, their disrespect of your commands is a definitive sign that they feel dominant over you.
This leads to them having the idea that they — and they alone — get to determine what is a threat, how they should respond, and when this threat is no longer an issue. Your commands to stop barking or being aggressive do not matter because they see themselves as the decision-maker in your relationship.
If not addressed right away, their beliefs are only going to grow and the problems it causes will escalate. You’ll soon likely see your dog being aggressive and barking uncontrollably at many other types of wild animals as well. You’ll find your dog barking at badgers, barking at raccoons, barking at skunks, barking at possums, and barking at turkeys.
You can surely see how this could quickly prove to be very dangerous for both you and your dog, not to mention these other creatures. To learn how to stop your dog barking at foxes while also teaching them to respect your leadership and decisions, go back to the first section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.
Why Is My Dog Barking at Foxes at Night?
Your dog is barking at foxes at night because they have more trouble perceiving what’s out there, and whether or not it is a threat. While dogs have very good eyesight, it’s still harder for them to see at nighttime. They still, however, hear extremely well which means they’re hearing all sorts of sounds that may be predators which they might not be able to see well.
Your dog knows that foxes are predators, so when they detect the scent of one nearby but are having trouble picking up their location, they will respond with barking as a warning. Their hope is that the fox will be scared away from you, your dog, and your territory.
If your dog is barking at foxes at night and not listening when you tell them to stop, then it is a clear sign of disobedience and disrespect. Go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you how to get your dog to be quiet on command, while also learning to respect your role as their leader.
Are Foxes Scared of Dogs?
Foxes are scared of dogs. This is particularly true for dogs that are a medium or larger-sized breed. Still, it is not uncommon for a fox to be aggressive with dogs, especially those that are smaller in size. Young fox cubs can be very dangerous to these smaller breeds, as they are just learning to hunt and will be more brazen with their attacks.
Though it’s likely a fox will quickly retreat if they notice your dog in the area, you should not depend on this. If a fight occurs, your dog could easily be injured or even killed by a fox, regardless of your dog’s size. It’s best to avoid interactions with wild animals, including foxes, by ensuring that your dog respects your leadership and will stay quiet when they’re in the area.
Can Foxes Hurt Dogs?
Foxes can hurt dogs. Smaller breeds will be the most vulnerable, especially to younger fox cubs who are still learning to hunt and are more willing to get themselves into dangerous situations with dogs. For the most part, however, foxes — even younger ones — will seek to avoid any contact or confrontation with dogs as they instinctually recognize them as serious threats.
Wild animals like foxes do not seek out fights with natural predators like dogs, so in most cases, they will retreat before you even realize they’re in the area. Your dog will easily pick up on a fox’s distinct scent, but the fox also has an excellent sense of smell and will almost certainly leave the area once they’ve picked up on your dog.
I’m sure you’re ready to not worry about coming across a fox when you’re with your dog, so I’ll let you get started now. Best of luck with all of this, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barking at Foxes? Here’s How to Stop It!.”