Dog Barking at Tail? Here’s How to Stop It!
It’s so strange, not to mention obnoxious: your dog barks at his tail. Why is he or she doing this? Why do dogs bark at their tail? What if they take it further? Why do dogs growl at their tails? What’s the whole problem they’re having? Why is your dog bothered by his tail?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. We’ll also, of course, cover how to stop your dog barking at their tail. Soon, this will all be behind you for good. Continue reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Tail? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at Tail
To get your dog to stop barking at their tail, they need to learn to become quiet when instructed. To accomplish that, bring your dog somewhere you know they’ll want to bark such as the park, with lots of small dog treats. Keep them on their leash and stay a good distance away from the other people there.
When your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a positive, calm voice. If they focus on you, then reward them right away with a small treat and praise. But if they quickly resume barking again or never quit, then you should hide a treat inside of your hand.
Place your hand very close to your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to detect the treat even inside of your hand and will stop their barking to sniff it out. Once they’ve become quiet 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 continues staying quiet, keep rewarding them with praise and a treat. But if they start to bark again, regardless of whether it’s at someone at the park or at you, repeat the steps of hiding a treat inside your fist, placing it right next to their nose, and then waiting until they’ve quieted.
Make sure that you’re waiting until your dog has gotten silent before you give them their rewards. This helps create a positive connection for your dog with giving you their attention and getting silent any time you say “quiet.” Reward them with treats and praise immediately when your dog is responding well.
With time, repetition, and consistency, your dog will get quiet solely by you giving them the command, and you won’t need to put your hand next to their mouth. You should then begin lengthening the duration of time before you give them any rewards. Start with just a few seconds, then increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
Before long, the food rewards and praise will no longer be needed and your dog will stop barking at his tail or at anything else solely by giving the “quiet” command.
This should help your dog to stop barking at her tail, but you’ll still need to address their disobedience which was caused by their underlying issues with 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.
And for us to properly go over that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. 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 his tail, they are without a doubt showing you that they don’t trust you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at their tail and ignore your commands to stop. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so right away.
Prove 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 transformations a 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 anxiety problems are currently burdening their little shoulders with every single second of every single day.
That sounds terrific, wouldn’t you agree?
“Yes, definitely, but how do I do this?”
You should watch a tremendous 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 easy 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 get any worse.
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 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 Do Dogs Bark at Their Tail?
Dogs bark at their tail because they are feeling anxious and overexcited from playing, and are just letting out some energy, or because they have an injury. In the case of them being hurt, they’ll likely also be chasing and chewing at their tail. This could be due to injury, fleas, or intestinal parasites such as tapeworms that have migrated out of their rectum.
When constant chasing is occurring, canine compulsive disorder is a likely possibility. Be sure that your dog is getting plenty of playtime and attention. If you’re not able to do so yourself, have a friend, family member, or dog walker come by the house when you’re away.
If your dog is barking at their tail simply due to play, there will be some obvious signs you should look for such as the barking being high-pitched, spinning in circles, and (if they’re trying to get other dogs to join in) doing play bows. A failure to see these signs means possible health problems should be your first concern, and you may need to bring them to the vet for a check-up.
But if you’re confident your dog barks at his tail simply because he’s playing and getting too excited, and then doesn’t listen when told to stop, you have a behavioral problem that needs to be dealt with. This is disobedience that needs to be handled right away.
If you don’t, your dog will get the idea that it’s okay, that they are the dominant one, and that they can do whatever they want whenever they want. You will then see your problems with them grow and escalate until they’re constantly misbehaving in even worse ways.
Barking will become more frequent and aggression could also very likely develop. You’ll see that your dog is barking and waking up your baby, aggressive to your husband, getting aggressive after pooping, or barking at you grilling. These are obviously random, but that’s only to illustrate just how frequent and widespread this misbehavior could become.
Of course, you don’t want to live like that — no one does. To learn how to stop your dog barking at their tail and absolutely anything else just by giving a simple command, go back to the first section now and we’ll teach you exactly how to do just that.
Why Do Dogs Growl at Their Tails?
Dogs growl at their tails when they’re experiencing pain. They might have been injured, they may have fleas, or they may have intestinal parasites such as tapeworms that have migrated their way out of their rectum. Look for other clues such as whimpering or licking their tail.
If your dog growls at their tail and is exhibiting other signs of discomfort, you should get them to your veterinarian for an examination. Even if they have no actual physical health issues, obsessive chasing of the tail (accompanied by growling or not) can be a sign of canine compulsive disorder.
Dogs experiencing this will more commonly constantly chase their tail rather than growl at it, but it’s not unusual to see them in combination. In either case, whether it’s a mental or physical problem, you should do what you can to help your dog by having them checked out by an animal professional as soon as possible.
Why Is My Dog Bothered by His Tail?
Your dog is bothered by his tail because he may have injured himself, he may have fleas, or he may have intestinal parasites such as tapeworms which have migrated their way out of his rectum. It’s also possible (if he’s chasing it obsessively) that he’s experiencing canine compulsive disorder.
This can result from boredom due to a lack of stimulation or being left alone for too long of periods of time. Ensure that your dog is getting plenty of attention and playtime. If you’re not able to do so yourself, have a family member or dog walker come by periodically. You should also always make sure they have toys wherever they will be spending lengthy amounts of time.
I’m sure you’re ready to not deal with your dog barking at their own tail anymore, so I’ll let you begin now. Good luck, and we hope you found our article “Dog Barking at Tail? Here’s How to Stop It” helpful!