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

It’s like clockwork every week: your dog barks at the garbage truck as soon as they’re on your street. It’s how you know they’re there. But why haven’t they gotten used to it by now? Why does your dog bark at the garbage truck? Do dogs have a phobia of garbage trucks? Will your dog grow out of being scared of garbage trucks or are you stuck with this?

Well, today we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this frustrating issue. And we’ll obviously also teach you how to stop your dog barking at the garbage truck for good. Before long, this will all be a thing of the past. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Garbage Truck? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at Garbage Truck

Dog Barking at Garbage Truck

To stop dog barking at garbage truck:

  1. To get your dog to be silent whenever they begin barking at the garbage truck, teach them the “quiet” command.
  2. For us to do that, you should take your dog to a place you know they’ll likely bark such as the park with plenty of treats.
  3. As soon as your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they respond and get silent while also giving you their complete attention immediately reward them with a treat and praise.
  4. But if your dog continues to bark or quickly resumes, then hide a small treat within your fist.
  5. Place your fist right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to smell it even within your hand and will pause their barking to sniff it.
  6. As soon as they’ve quit barking and are paying you their complete 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 giving you their full focus, keep rewarding them with treats and praise.
  8. But if they again resume barking or are not paying attention, repeat the process of putting a treat within your fist, placing it next to their nose, and waiting until they quit their barking and pay attention.
  9. Always make sure to pause until they’ve quit their barking and are giving you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you give them any praise or treats.
  10. This creates a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being quiet and focusing on you.
  11. With consistency, repetition, and patience, you should be able to get them to behave with only the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer need to put your fist by their mouth.
  12. When your dog is responding well with only the command, then you can start lengthening the amount of time you wait before you give them any rewards.
  13. Begin by waiting for 1-2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to about 5 seconds, and so on.
  14. Soon, you’ll no longer need to reward your dog with food and praise, and they will become silent and give you their attention solely by you giving the command.

These steps should help you make a lot of progress with getting your dog to stop barking at garbage trucks, but you still need to address the fact that they ever thought this was an appropriate response to any feelings of dominance and anxiety they were experiencing.

For us to go over that, we must first talk about what makes dogs tick deep down. You’ve probably heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.

But when your dog barks at the garbage truck and then doesn’t listen when you tell them to stop, they are clearly proving to you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t ignore you and bark at the trash truck. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance or anxiety-related misbehavior or disrespect. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.

Prove 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 great things happen.

Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety & dominance issues are currently burdening their little shoulders with every moment of every day.

That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

“Yes, definitely, but how am I supposed to do this?”

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 ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these critical 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 never uses those types of methods. Not just because loving teaching techniques are 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 the Garbage Truck?

Your dog barks at the garbage truck because the loud noise makes them feel anxious, which they react to by barking. There’s also a good chance they’re experiencing territorial dominance, and see this large truck carrying strange men as a threat that they must scare away.

Dogs have very sensitive hearing and many are also very protective of their home area (in particular: Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds, to name just a few), so it’s not surprising that something like a trash truck would prompt them to aggressively bark.

The real issue arises if the problem persists and if they do not quiet and calm when commanded. If this is happening in your home, you have a serious problem with behavior growing, and if you don’t address this right away things are only going to escalate and occur more frequently.

Your dog barking at garbage trucks will grow into your dog barking at someone walking past the house, barking at people on bikes, and barking at people that are jogging. Escalating into aggression is likely, and you may find your dog is acting dominant and aggressive to other dogs, and possibly even growling at you for no reason.

You can surely see why it’s important to address this problem immediately so that you can get a handle on your dog’s behavior before things grow to these levels. To learn how to stop your dog barking at the garbage truck, and also learn how to handle other issues, go back to the first section now.

Do Dogs Have a Phobia of Garbage Trucks?

Dogs do not have a phobia of garbage trucks, they simply hate them because they are large, loud, and carry strangers that they don’t know. This will provoke both anxious and dominant dogs to want to bark. Some anxious dogs will merely hide, but others will stay and bark. Dominant dogs will stick around to “defend” their territory.

You’ll likely see that a dog that barks at garbage trucks is also barking at other similar vehicles. You’ll see them barking at the mail truck and barking at delivery drivers. They fear both the noise and the fact that there are people whom they don’t know arriving in them. They then lash out and bark in an attempt to scare them away.

If your dog barks at garbage trucks or other vehicles coming by your home, go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you exactly how to get a handle on their issue.

Will My Dog Grow Out of Being Scared of Garbage Trucks?

Your dog will not grow out of being scared of garbage trucks as their problem is almost certainly not related to age. Your dog likely fears either the noise, or the fact that the truck is carrying strangers that they don’t know — possibly both. Neither of these things will go away as your dog ages, obviously.

It’s slightly possible that if your dog is very fearful as a puppy of all things — not just the garbage truck — that they could age out of it, but it’s more likely they’re scared of the truck itself, which will not go away. In either case, it’s best to address things now or you run the risk of letting their problem with garbage trucks become a learned behavior.

I’m sure you’re ready for your dog to stay quiet when the trash truck comes, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best of luck with all of this, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barking at Garbage Truck? Here’s How to Stop It!”