Dog Barks at Couch? Here’s How to Stop It!
It’s confusing and aggravating: your dog barks at the couch and even gets aggressive about it! Why do they have to act like this? Why is your dog barking at the couch? And why are they getting angry with you? Why does your dog growl when you sit on the couch? Why does your dog get aggressive on the couch?
Today, we’re going to answer every question you have about this troubling problem with your dog. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog barking at the couch and also end their aggression issues. Soon, you’ll no longer have to worry about any of this. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barks at Couch? Here’s How to Stop It!”
How to Stop Dog Barking at Couch
To stop dog barking at couch:
- To get your dog to be silent whenever they start barking at the couch, teach them the “quiet” command.
- To do this, take your dog to a place you know they’ll likely bark like the park with plenty of small treats.
- Once your dog begins to bark, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they respond and become silent while also paying attention to you immediately give them praise and a treat.
- But if your dog continues to bark or quickly begins again, then hide a treat within your fist.
- Put your hand right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to pick up the scent even inside of your hand and will stop barking to sniff it.
- As soon as they’ve quit barking and are paying attention to you, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to give them a small treat and praise.
- If they keep being silent and are giving you their full focus, continue rewarding them with praise and treats.
- But if they again start barking or are not paying attention, repeat the steps of hiding a treat inside of your fist, placing it close to their nose, and waiting until they quit their barking and pay attention.
- Always be sure to wait until they’ve stopped barking and are giving you all their focus, and then say “quiet” before you give them any praise or treats.
- This forms a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with staying silent and paying attention to you.
- With consistency, repetition, and patience, you will be able to get them to behave with solely the “quiet” command, and it won’t be necessary anymore to place your hand near their mouth.
- When your dog is doing well with just the command, then you should begin lengthening the amount of time you wait until you reward them.
- Begin by waiting for about 2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
- Soon, you won’t need to reward your dog with praise and food, and they will be quiet and pay attention to you just by you giving the command.
But you’ll still need to do something about the root problem that was causing all of this disobedience to begin with, which is your dog’s feelings of dominance and anxiety. Letting this continue will just lead to your dog’s issue growing and escalating into other behavioral problems.
To properly cover that, we must first talk about what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve probably heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But every time that your dog barks at the couch, they are definitively telling you that they have no trust for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at your couch and then ignore you when you tell them to quit. 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.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these terrific things a 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 worry and confusion that their anxiety and dominance problems are currently placing on them every single second of every single day.
Sounds like a wonderful thing, wouldn’t you agree?
“Yes, of course, but how am I supposed to do this?”
You should watch a wonderful free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains everything in ways that are very simple to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you can start seeing these critical changes in your dog before things escalate any further.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching methods 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 the Couch?
Your dog is barking at the couch because they had a negative experience with the couch, such as getting hurt when they jumped off of it, or because they can pick up on the scent of someone or something that is unknown to them. Even if there hasn’t been a strange person or animal on the couch recently, your dog can still detect their scent and will remain threatened by it.
They then bark at this unseen person or animal as a warning due to what is known as territorial dominance. This causes your dog to feel that is their duty to protect the home, its surroundings, and everything and everyone within it. While it may seem like a good thing, it is not because it too easily escalates into aggression and uncontrollable barking.
But if your dog is barking at the couch and then ignoring you when you tell them to stop, your problem with your dog’s dominance is even worse and even further progressed. This definitively shows that your dog also feels that they are in charge of the home, and that includes being in charge of you. This is why they feel free to refuse your commands to quit a behavior.
You must address this false belief of your dog’s immediately, as their problem is already out of control and is only going to get worse. They’ll become more aggressive and will be barking more often at more things. You’ll see that your dog barks at your chair, barks at your bed, and much more.
I’m sure you can clearly see how frustrating this will make your home to live in. To learn how to stop your dog barking at the couch, while also controlling their territorial dominance and regaining their respect for your leadership of the home, go back to the first section now.
Why Does My Dog Growl When I Sit on the Couch?
Your dog growls when you sit on the couch they feel dominant over you and feel possessive of where you’re sitting. They feel like they have the right to sit wherever they want, even if you or someone else in the home is already sitting there. This is aggressive behavior that can’t be allowed to go on or it will only get worse.
Your dog will then show these possessive tendencies even more frequently and will act more aggressively when “enforcing” them. It’s not out of the question that growling could soon turn into actually biting or attacking, as they’ve already shown themselves to be willing to get quite hostile towards even you.
And if they’re willing to act this way to family members, they’ll be even quicker to get out of hand when you have friends or other people that are unknown to your dog over to the home. It’s critically important that you begin working with them immediately before things get any worse.
Go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you how to get your dog quiet on command while also teaching them to be obedient and respectful of your role as their leader.
Why Does My Dog Get Aggressive on the Couch?
Your dog gets aggressive on the couch because they feel dominant over you and are not willing to give up their spot. They see themselves as in charge, and therefore they see it as a challenge to their authority when you try to take what they believe is theirs.
This is incredibly hostile behavior that can’t be allowed to continue. If they’ve already shown the willingness to act this way, it won’t be long before they feel they’ve been pushed to the point that they’ll lash out and bite.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to your dog not being aggressive with you or the couch, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Good luck, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barks at Couch? Here’s How to Stop It!.”