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

It’s absolutely weird and getting really annoying: your dog barks at your chair constantly! What in the world is going on here? Why is your dog barking at your chair? And what about when you’re not even sitting there? Why is your dog barking at an empty chair? What’s frightening them? Why is your dog scared of a chair?

Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this strange issue with your dog. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog barking at the chair once and for all. Very soon, you’ll know exactly what’s going on and how to respond. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barks at Chair? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at Chair

Dog Barks at Chair

To stop your dog barking at the chair, they need to learn to become quiet on command. For us to do that, take your dog somewhere you know they’ll want to bark such as the park, with plenty of dog treats. Leave them on their leash and stay far away from the other people and animals at the park.

Once your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they pay attention to you, then immediately reward them with a treat and praise. But if they quickly resume barking again or never even stop, then you should place a treat within your fist.

Place your hand very close to your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to detect the treat even within your fist and will quit their barking to investigate it. Once they’ve gotten quiet and are also giving you their attention, again issue the “quiet” command and then open your hand to give them a treat and praise.

If your dog keeps staying 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 placing a treat in your fist, putting it right next to their nose, and then waiting until they’ve gotten silent.

Make sure that you’re pausing until your dog has become silent before you give them their rewards. This helps form a positive connection with your dog with giving you their attention and staying silent whenever you say “quiet.” Reward them with treats and praise right away when your dog is responding well.

With practice, time, and consistency, your dog will become silent simply by you giving them the command, and you won’t 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 a few seconds, then increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.

Before long, the praise and food rewards won’t be necessary anymore and you can get your dog to stop barking at chairs or at anything else simply by giving the “quiet” command.

These steps will get your dog to stop barking at chairs, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issue (anxiety, demand barking, etc.) that’s 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 do I make these changes last 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 chairs 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 chairs ever again!

Why Is My Dog Barking at My Chair?

Your dog is barking at your chair because they want something from you. This is known as demand barking, and is a sign that they feel dominant over you. Your dog feels that they are in charge, and they can order you to get out of the chair, to help them onto the chair, to fetch them food, to let them outside — whatever they desire.

Demand barking is bad enough on its own, but when your dog barks at your chair and then ignores you when you command them to stop it’s even worse. This shows that your dog’s feeling of dominance has grown to a severe level. Your dog feels that they are in charge, and they get to decide how the household runs, and what everyone within it does.

It’s crucially important that you begin addressing these false beliefs of theirs immediately. They’ve already shown that their feelings of dominance have reached a high level due to their demand barking and refusal of commands, and if you let this continue, things are only going to get worse. They’ll become more aggressive, more demanding, and more brazen.

You’ll soon find your dog barks at the couch when you’re relaxing there or barks at the bed. Obviously, this will make your home into a complete nightmare and it will become even more difficult for you to relax at the end of the day than you’re already dealing with.

To learn how to stop your dog barking at your chair while also getting a handle on their demand barking and teaching them to respect your leadership, go back to the first section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.

Why Is My Dog Barking at an Empty Chair?

Your dog is barking at an empty chair because they are demanding to be helped onto it, or because they’ve sensed a change in the environment that makes them stressed and anxious, so they lash out and let this worry out by barking. Dogs can pick up on even a very small change, such as the chair being moved mere inches, and even that alone can be enough for an anxious dog to bark.

But regardless of whether they’re doing this due to demand barking (which is rooted in dominant feelings) or anxiety, if your dog is barking at an empty chair and then ignoring you when you command them to stop, you have a serious behavioral issue developing. It needs to be addressed right away or their issues are only going to get worse and occur more often.

Not doing anything gives your dog the idea that acting like this is okay, that ignoring your commands is okay, and they are in fact dominant over you. If you think things are stressful now, you do not want to see how they’ll be in the very near future if you allow this problem to keep going on.

Go back to the first section now to learn the “quiet” command, and how to regain your position atop the family hierarchy.

Why Is My Dog Scared of a Chair?

Your dog is scared of a chair because they likely had a negative experience with it. They may have jumped off of it and gotten hurt, and now blame the chair. The chair may also carry the scent of someone they dislike, or another animal, which kicks off their territorial dominance and makes them respond to this unseen threat by barking as a warning to stay away.

While you may not smell anything on the chair or it may have been quite some time since any strange person or animal was on it, dogs have a very acute sense of smell and will continue to be able to detect the scent long after you are no longer able.

I’m sure you’re ready to for your dog to quit barking at your chair, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best of luck with everything, and we hope you found our article “Dog Barks at Chair? 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 of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.