Dog Barks at Air Conditioner? Here’s How to Stop It!

It’s hard to decide what’s more annoying: sweating like crazy in the summer heat, or the way your dog barks at the air conditioner whenever it turns on. Why can’t they just be quiet? Why do dogs bark at air conditioners? Why do dogs hate air conditioners? And do you need to worry? Are dogs safe around air conditioning or should you keep them away?

Today, we’re going to answer each and every one of these questions for you. We’ll of course also cover how to stop your dog barking at the air conditioning once and for all. Soon, this obnoxious problem will be behind you for good. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barks at Air Conditioner? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at Air Conditioner

Dog Barks at Air Conditioner

To get your dog to stop barking at the air conditioner, you’ll need to teach them to become quiet on command. To accomplish this, 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 at the park.

Once your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a calm, positive voice. If they give you their attention, then immediately reward them with a small treat and praise. But if they start barking again or never quit, then you should put a treat in your fist.

Put your hand right by your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to detect the treat even inside of your fist and will stop their barking to sniff it out. Once they’ve gotten silent and are also giving you their attention, again issue the “quiet” command and then open your hand to give them their praise and a treat.

If your dog continues to stay quiet, keep rewarding them with a treat and praise. But if they resume barking again, regardless of whether it’s at you or at someone at the park, repeat the steps of hiding a treat in your fist, placing it next to their nose, and then pausing until they’ve silenced.

Be sure that you’re waiting until your dog has become quiet before you give them their rewards. This helps form a positive connection in your dog’s mind with paying attention and staying silent whenever you say “quiet.” Reward them with praise and treats immediately when your dog is responding well.

With repetition, patience, and consistency, your dog will become silent just by you giving the command, and it won’t be necessary to put your hand by their mouth. You should then begin lengthening the amount of time before you give them any rewards. Start with just a couple of seconds, then increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.

Soon, the praise and food rewards won’t be necessary anymore and your dog will stop barking at the air conditioning or at anything else solely by giving the “quiet” command.

This will get your dog to stop barking at the air conditioner, but you’ll still need to do something about their misbehavior which was rooted in their underlying issues with anxiety and dominance. Not doing anything will just lead to your dog continuing to think that they are in charge and that they make the decisions, and things will only get worse for the both of you.

For us to go over that, we must first talk about what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve likely 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 the air conditioner, they are clearly proving to you that they have no trust for you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t bark at the air conditioning and then ignore you when you tell them to knock it off. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance or anxiety-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — immediately — and they would do so happily.

Make it clear to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these wonderful changes your 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 confusion and worry that their anxiety and dominance problems are currently burdening their little shoulders with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sounds like a terrific thing, don’t you think?

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

You should watch an incredibly useful 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 all you’ll need to know in ways that are very simple to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these important changes in your dog in no time.

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 Air Conditioners?

Dogs bark at air conditioners because the noise and random bursts of air cause them to feel confused and anxious. Many dogs will then respond to this stress by barking. Dogs who are dominant will bark not just because of the worry they’ve experienced, but also because they feel the need to protect their territory from this strange object.

Most dogs will quickly learn that air conditioners are not a threat and will soon learn to ignore them. But if your dog barks at the air conditioner on a regular basis, and then doesn’t listen when you tell them to stop, you have a serious behavioral issue developing that needs to be handled immediately.

A failure to do so gives your dog the idea that responding in this way to things that confuse them or stress them out is okay, and you’ll begin to see their misbehavior grow, escalate, and become more frequent. This is particularly dangerous with dominant dogs, as it will only reinforce their beliefs that they are in charge, and can do whatever they want.

You’ll soon have a dog barking at all sorts of things around the house. Your dog will be barking at the microwave, barking at the toaster, barking at the oven, and barking at the blender. If you need something fixed, they may become aggressive and bark at the repairmen in your house. Clearly, this could become an absolute nightmare for you so it’s important to take care of things now.

To learn how to stop your dog barking at the air conditioning, go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you exactly what to do.

Why Do Dogs Hate Air Conditioners?

Dogs hate air conditioners because they confuse them, and possibly scare them. The noise and intermittent bursts of cold air can stress them out, and many dogs will choose to respond by becoming aggressive. This would likely make it appear as if your dog hates the air conditioner.

Your typical dog is going to quickly learn that the air conditioning is nothing to worry about, but if yours keeps acting angry and aggressive whenever the unit kicks on, you need to address things right away. Not doing anything could lead to your dog learning that reacting in this manner is acceptable, and you might have a much more serious problem to deal with in the future.

If your dog is barking, growling, or showing signs of anger when your air conditioning turns on, you need to begin behavioral training right away. Go back to the first section now and we’ll show you how to stop your dog from barking at the air conditioner, as well as also pointing you to where you can learn how to handle their aggression.

Are Dogs Safe Around Air Conditioning?

Dogs are safe around air conditioning. There are no real risks to your dog from a properly functioning air conditioner, and leaving it on when you’re away from the home will make things much more comfortable for them. Remember that they’re covered in fur, don’t sweat, and can only pant to cool off, so the air conditioning will be a big help to them.

I’m sure you’re sick of your dog barking when you just want to cool off, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best wishes with everything, and we hope you found our article “Dog Barks at Air Conditioner? Here’s How to Stop It” helpful!