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!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking 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.
This should help your dog to stop barking at your chair, 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.
And for us to properly go over that, we must first talk about what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog barks at the chair and then doesn’t listen when you tell them to stop, they are clearly telling you that they don’t trust you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at the chair. They wouldn’t display any other types of dominance or anxiety-related disrespect. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, and they would do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a deserving and capable one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these great transformations happen.
You’ll win for obvious reasons. But your dog will be the real winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the worry and confusion that their dominance and anxiety issues are currently burdening them with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sounds like a great thing, don’t you think?
“Yeah, of course, but how am I supposed to do this then?”
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 everything in ways that are very easy to understand 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 yell or be mean to 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 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!