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

Whether they’re part of your farm or wild, your dog barking at turkeys is not something you can let continue. And why does this happen anyway? Why do dogs bark at turkeys? Do dogs get along with turkeys normally and yours is just an outlier? How careful do you need to be? Can turkeys hurt dogs?

Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. And obviously, we’ll cover what you’re really here for: how to stop your dog from barking at turkeys. Before long, you won’t have to stress about this ever again. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barking at Turkeys? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at Turkeys

Dog Barking at Turkeys

To stop dog barking at turkeys:

  1. Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use whenever they bark at turkeys or at any other time you need them to pay attention and be silent.
  2. To do this, take your dog somewhere you know they’ll likely bark like the park with plenty of treats.
  3. As soon as your dog begins barking, say “quiet” in a calm, positive voice. If they listen to you and become silent while also giving you their complete attention reward them with praise and a treat right away.
  4. But if your dog keeps barking or quickly resumes, then hide a treat within your fist.
  5. Put your hand right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to pick up the scent even inside of your fist and will stop barking to sniff it.
  6. Once 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 treat.
  7. If they continue to be silent and are giving you their full focus, keep rewarding them with praise and treats.
  8. But if they again start barking or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of hiding a treat within your fist, placing it close to their nose, and waiting until they stop their barking and give you their attention.
  9. Make sure to always wait until they’ve quit barking and are paying you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any treats or praise.
  10. This creates a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with staying silent and fully focusing on you.
  11. With repetition, consistency, and patience, you will be able to get them to behave solely with the “quiet” command, and it won’t be necessary anymore to put your hand next to their mouth.
  12. When your dog is doing well with only the command, then you should start lengthening the duration of time you pause before you reward them.
  13. Start by pausing for about 2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
  14. you’ll no longer need to reward your dog with food and praise, and they will become quiet and pay attention to you just by you giving the command.

But while this will get your dog to stop barking at turkeys, you need to remember that the underlying behavioral issue (anxiety, territorial dominance, overexcitement, etc.) that was causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address that, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“So, how can I get these changes to stick, then?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like when your dog barks at turkeys and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog barking at turkeys ever again!

Why Do Dogs Bark at Turkeys?

Dogs bark at turkeys because they instinctually see them as prey. This causes them to get agitated, even a little anxious, about this target being in their midst and they lash out at it by barking. This can be true whether the turkeys are wild or if they live on your farmland.

It’s not unusual for dogs to react in this way, but if your dog barks at turkeys and then completely ignores you when you tell them to stop, that is when you have a problem on your hands. This is a clear sign of disrespect, and if allowed to continue their problem will only grow and escalate until it’s completely uncontrollable.

You’ll find your dog barking constantly at all sorts of people and animals, no matter how little threat they pose. Your dog will bark at your cows or bark at your chickens. In the wild, they’ll bark at deer or even bark at bears. I’m sure you can see how this could pose a problem either on your land, or with potentially dangerous predators in the wild.

That’s why it’s important to begin addressing this problem immediately so that you never reach that point where something terrible could happen. To learn how to stop your dog barking at turkeys while also teaching them to respect your leadership, go back to the first section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.

Do Dogs Get Along With Turkeys?

Dogs do not get along with turkeys for the most part. They will see them as prey, and will typically treat them as such by engaging in behaviors like barking, stalking, and creeping up on them. It is possible, however, to train a dog to get along with your pet turkey, and some dogs will have gentle temperaments and won’t need to be trained at all.

Can Turkeys Hurt Dogs?

Turkeys can hurt dogs. They have been known to attack dogs, particularly small breeds. If your turkey is particularly aggressive towards your dog, or you know that there are aggressive turkeys in your area, you should keep your dog leashed when they might be around. Even if your dog doesn’t get aggressive and provoke an attack, they may want to sniff the turkey which could cause one.

Turkeys have a strict pecking order, and may see a dog as a challenge to their territory. This would cause them to go after and even attack your dog. In some cases, wild turkeys have even been known to stalk dogs they felt were intruding on their territory. They will be particularly aggressive from March through May, which is wild turkeys’ breeding time.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to your dog behaving around turkeys, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Best of luck with everything, and we hope you found our article “Dog Barking at Turkeys? Here’s How to Stop It” helpful!

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Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge on dog training and behavior, while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.