Dog Barking at Hedgehog? Here’s How to Stop It!
You just want your two pets to get along, but your dog keeps barking at your hedgehog. Why do they have to act like this? Why does your dog go mad for hedgehogs? Are they scared? Are hedgehogs a danger to dogs? Can a dog be friends with a hedgehog?
Today, we’re going to help you through this issue by answering every single one of these questions. We’ll, of course, also cover how to stop your dog from barking at your hedgehog. Soon, this frustrating problem will all be a thing of the past. Continue reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Hedgehog? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at Hedgehog
To stop dog barking at hedgehog:
- To get your dog to be silent whenever they begin to bark at your hedgehog, teach them the “quiet” command.
- Practice by bringing your dog to a place you know they’ll likely bark (the park, etc) with lots of small treats.
- Once your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a calm, positive voice. If they respond and get silent while also giving you their full focus give them a treat and praise immediately.
- But if your dog continues to bark or quickly resumes, then hide a small treat in the palm of your hand.
- Place your fist right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to pick up the scent even within your hand and should pause their barking to investigate it.
- Once they’ve stopped barking and are giving you their full attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with a treat and praise.
- If they continue to be silent and are paying you their focus, keep rewarding them with praise and treats.
- But if they again resume barking or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of placing a treat inside of your fist, placing it next to their nose, and pausing until they stop their barking and focus on you.
- Be sure to always pause until they’ve quit 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 staying silent and fully focusing on you.
- With practice, consistency, and patience, you should be able to get them to behave with solely the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer need to put your fist next to their mouth.
- When your dog is doing well with only the command, then you can begin lengthening the amount of time you wait until you reward them.
- Begin by pausing for 2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to about 5 seconds, and so on.
- Before long, you’ll no longer need to reward your dog with food and praise, and they will become quiet and give you their focus just by you giving the command.
Still, you’ll 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 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 tick 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 every time that your dog barks at your hedgehog, they are definitively telling you that they don’t trust you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t be barking at your hedgehog and ignoring commands to stop. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety or dominance-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, 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 wonderful things a reality.
You’ll be better off for obvious reasons. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the worry and confusion that their problems with dominance and anxiety are currently placing on their little shoulders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sounds like a wonderful thing, don’t you agree?
“Yes, of course, but how do I actually do this?”
You should watch a wonderful free video series which is on this very subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In the series, he explains absolutely everything 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 crucial changes in your dog before things escalate any further.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t stress, 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 Does My Dog Go Mad for Hedgehogs?
Your dog goes mad for hedgehogs because they instinctually see small animals like this as prey. In your dog’s mind, this little animal that seems to not have any real defenses would be easy to attack. Remember that dogs descended from wolves, and still maintain many of the mindsets derived from them even today.
Your dog barks at your hedgehog then as a warning. They’re able to tell that an attack is not acceptable which causes them anxiety, but their dominant instincts can be too hard to control for many. If your dog starts to growl or lunge at your hedgehog, you should separate them immediately because your dog is coming closer to an actual attack.
But when your dog is barking at your hedgehog and completely ignoring you when you command them to stop, you have a serious behavioral issue developing. This is disobedience, and at the worst time. Your dog is showing you that they believe they get to decide how they act, and when those actions should stop — not you.
If allowed to continue, your dog’s misbehavior is only going to become more common and show itself in worse ways. Your dog will likely get aggressive with other small pets of yours and will become even more defiant towards you.
You’ll find your dog is barking at your pet hamster, barking at your pet gerbil, barking at your pet turtle, and barking when you say no. They may even progress to attacks depending on your dog’s temperament, and how long you’ve allowed these false beliefs of theirs to grow.
It’s important to get a handle on this now before things get out of control. To learn how to stop your dog barking at your hedgehog while also getting a handle on their dominance and anxiety issues, go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you exactly what to do.
Are Hedgehogs a Danger to Dogs?
Hedgehogs are a danger to dogs because they can spread diseases and maladies to your dog (and other pets) like ringworm, salmonella, fleas, and mites. If your dog bites a hedgehog, their quills could cause injury to your dog’s mouth. Though a hedgehog’s quills are not very sharp, they could be dangerous because feeling them poke may cause some dogs to bite down even harder.
It’s best to keep your dog and hedgehogs separate. If you have both as pets in the home, be extremely careful about allowing them to be together as your dog will instinctually see a small animal like this as prey. In the wild, your dog will easily sniff out a hedgehog due to their extremely good sense of smell. If you know they’re in the area, keep your dog on their leash.
Can a Dog Be Friends With a Hedgehog?
A dog cannot be friends with a hedgehog. Though they are able to coexist in the same household, it is very unlikely that they will ever be able to play. Your dog’s presence will stress out your hedgehog, and your dog will get anxious also as they will see your hedgehog as prey that should be attacked.
Both of your pets could be injured if an attack were to occur (possibly fatally to your hedgehog), so it’s best to just be safe and keep them separated from each other. You can allow your dog to meet your hedgehog in its enclosure, but you should keep them on their leash so that you can take them out of the room immediately if they start barking.
Speak softly and calmly, and pet your dog when they behave. Give them treats when they’re being relaxed and non-aggressive. With positive conditioning like this, it may be possible to have them in the same room together, but you should still not let them out to roam together as your dog could seriously injure your hedgehog even accidentally while trying to play.
I’m sure you’re ready for two pets to get along, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best of luck with all of this, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Barking at Hedgehog? Here’s How to Stop It!”