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

It’s just so obnoxious: every single time they go in the kitchen, your dog barks at the refrigerator! What in the world makes them do this? Why do dogs bark at refrigerators? Are dogs safe around refrigerators? Can you just wait for them to age out of it? Will your dog grow out of barking at the fridge?

Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. We’ll also, of course, teach you exactly how to stop your dog barking at the refrigerator once and for all. Soon, this will all be a thing of the past. Continue reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Refrigerator? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at the Fridge

Dog Barking at Refrigerator

To stop your dog barking at the fridge, they need to learn to become quiet when instructed. To do so, take your dog somewhere you know that they like to bark like the park, with lots of small dog treats. Leave them on their leash and stay a good distance away from the other people and animals that are there.

When your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they pay attention to you, then reward them right away with a small treat and praise. But if they quickly start barking again or never even stop, then you should place a treat inside of your fist.

Put your hand very close to your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to smell the treat even inside of your fist and will quit their barking to investigate the scent. Once they’ve become silent and are also giving you their full attention, again give the “quiet” command and then open your hand to reward them with a treat and praise.

If your dog keeps staying silent, keep rewarding them with praise and a treat. But if they resume barking again, regardless of whether it’s at something at the park or at you, repeat the steps of placing a treat in your fist, putting it right by their nose, and then pausing until they’ve quieted.

Make sure that you’re pausing until your dog has become silent before you reward them. This helps create a positive connection for your dog with paying attention and staying silent any time you say “quiet.” Reward them with praise and treats right away when your dog is responding well.

With patience, repetition, and time, your dog will become silent solely by you giving the command, and you will no longer need to put your hand by their mouth. You should then begin lengthening the duration of time before you give them their rewards. Start with just 1 to 2 seconds, then increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.

It won’t be long before the food rewards and praise won’t be needed anymore and your dog will quit barking at the refrigerator or at anything else simply by giving the “quiet” command.

This should help your dog to stop barking at the refrigerator, but you’ll still need to address their disobedience which was caused by their underlying issues with dominance and anxiety. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog continuing to think that they run the show, and their problem will just start showing itself in even worse ways.

For us to go over 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 the refrigerator, they are clearly telling you that they have no respect for you as the head of the family pack.

If they did, they wouldn’t bark at the fridge and ignore you when you command them to quit. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety or dominance-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so immediately.

Make it clear to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable, deserving one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these great changes your reality.

Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the worry and confusion that their dominance and anxiety issues are currently saddling their little shoulders with 24/7.

Sounds like a wonderful thing, doesn’t it?

“Yeah, sure, but how do I actually do this?”

You should watch an incredibly useful free video series which is on this exact 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 simple 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 don’t worry, because no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at 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 Do Dogs Bark at Refrigerators?

Dogs bark at refrigerators either because something about it (such as the slight noise some make) causes them to feel anxious and uneasy prompting them to bark, or because of demand barking (they feel dominant, and are demanding you give them the food they know is inside).

In either case, the real problem occurs when your dog is barking at the refrigerator and then ignoring you when they’re told to stop. You’d most commonly see this with demand barking, as they’ve already proven themselves to feel dominant over you, so it’s no surprise that they would not feel the need to listen to your commands.

If you’re seeing this type of disobedience from your dog, you already have reason to begin handling things, but dominance and anxiety are also both in need of treatment. Doing nothing will only make your dog’s problems worse, and you’ll soon see that their behavioral problems spread and get worse.

Before long, your dog will be misbehaving in other ways. How exactly will depend on whether their problem is rooted in anxiety, dominance, or both. But you could expect things like your dog barking at the television, barking for their ball, barking to demand breakfast, and many more obnoxious behaviors.

To learn how to stop your dog barking at the refrigerator, while also addressing the root cause of the problem (whether it’s anxiety or dominance), go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you exactly what to do.

Are Dogs Safe Around Refrigerators?

Dogs are safe around refrigerators generally, but in rare cases, you may need to make some changes. Particularly smart, creative dogs have been known to find ways to open the fridge on their own, which could lead to them eating foods that are not safe for dogs (though it poses more danger to your wallet in the form of ruined groceries).

You could consider them unsafe in the sense that occasionally dogs will be frightened by refrigerators, but in those cases, the best course of action is to address their fear and anxiety. A dog who is that easily scared is likely experiencing extreme worry pretty much every second of every day.

These types of dogs typically are not feeling that you are a leader within the home who can keep them and everyone else safe. Go back to the end of the first section now where we’ll show you how to provide dogs like these with a comfort level that will let their minds be at ease.

Will My Dog Grow Out of Barking at the Fridge?

Your dog will not grow out of barking at the fridge because it’s not an age-related behavior. You must take action right away because if you do nothing your dog is very likely to see it as tacit approval. It will then become a learned behavior that will be even harder to correct as they get older.

Fortunately, getting your dog to stop barking at the fridge is not that difficult a process, and the steps to do so are clear. Go back to the first section now where we’ve laid everything out on how to make that happen, as well as addressing the root cause of the problem.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to a peaceful, quiet kitchen, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Good luck, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Barking at Refrigerator? Here’s How to Stop It!”