Dog Barks at Fireplace? Here’s How to Stop It!
You just want to have a nice, cozy evening out of the cold, but you can’t because your dog barks at the fireplace every single time. Why do they keep ruining things like this? Why is your dog barking at the fireplace? What does it mean if your dog is scared of the fireplace? Should you keep them away? Are dogs safe around fireplaces?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. Most importantly, we’ll teach you exactly how to stop your dog barking at the fireplace. Soon, you’ll be able to enjoy a nice fire without worrying about your dog. Continue reading below for our article “Dog Barks at Fireplace? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at Fireplace
To stop dog barking at fireplace:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use whenever they bark at the fireplace or at any other time you need them to give you their attention and be silent.
- Practice by taking your dog to a place you know they’re going to bark such as the park with lots of treats.
- As soon as your dog begins to bark, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they listen and become silent while also paying attention to you give them a treat and praise right away.
- But if your dog keeps barking or quickly starts back up, then hide a treat in your fist.
- Place your hand right next to your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to detect the scent even inside of your hand and will stop barking to investigate it.
- Once they’ve stopped 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 paying you their focus, continue rewarding them with treats and praise.
- But if they again begin to bark or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of placing a treat within your fist, placing it close to their nose, and pausing until they quit their barking and focus on you.
- Always be sure to pause until they’ve quit barking and are giving you all their focus, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any praise or treats.
- This forms a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being silent and giving you their full attention.
- With practice, consistency, and patience, you will be able to get them to respond with solely the “quiet” command, and it will no longer be necessary to put your fist next to their mouth.
- Once your dog is responding well with just the command, then you should start lengthening the amount of time you pause before you give them any rewards.
- Start by pausing for 1-2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to about 5 seconds, and so on.
- it will no longer be necessary to reward your dog with food and praise, and they will be quiet and give you their attention solely by you giving the command.
This should help your dog to stop barking at the fireplace, 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.
For us to go over that, we must first discuss what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years now. I’m sure you’ve 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 fireplace, they are clearly proving to you that they don’t trust you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at your fireplace and then ignore you when you tell them to quit it. They wouldn’t display any other types of dominance or anxiety-related misbehavior or disrespect. And they would obey your commands at all times — immediately — and they would do so happily.
Show 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 wonderful changes your reality.
Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety and dominance issues are currently burdening their little shoulders with every moment of every day.
Sounds terrific, right?
“Yeah, of course, but how do I do any of this?”
You should watch a tremendous 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 absolutely everything 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 crucial changes in your dog before things get any worse.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t stress, because no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at 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 the Fireplace?
Your dog is barking at the fireplace because they are instinctually afraid of fire, and the fact that it’s rather large and within their home makes this an even more anxious moment for them. Many dogs will then respond by barking, particularly if they’re a dog who also feels dominant as they’ll see it as their duty to protect you and the house.
This is not a strange response for a dog in the presence of fire. It’s in their nature and has been for thousands and thousands of years dating back to their ancestors, the wolf. Still, it can’t be allowed and if your dog doesn’t stop barking at the fireplace as soon as you tell them to do so, you have a serious problem developing.
Not only is this a display of possibly feeling dominant over you, it’s obviously also disobedient. Doing nothing essentially tells your dog that they are correct in holding these beliefs, and will only lead to your problems with them getting even worse and becoming even more frequent.
You’ll soon find that your dog barks at candles or barks when you say no. They could become irrationally overprotective and will be barking at people walking past your home, barking at your babysitter, or barking at their groomer.
I’m sure you can see how difficult this could make life for you, but it’s important to know that things would actually be even worse for your dog as they would be doing all of these due to deep-rooted feelings of dominance and anxiety, neither of which are pleasurable for them.
Surely, you want to be able to enjoy a nice, cozy night in front of your fireplace. You also want to relieve your dog of all this stress and worry. To find out how to do that while also learning a simple command that will get your dog to stop barking at the fireplace (or anything else) immediately, go back to the first section now.
Dog Is Scared of Fireplace
Your dog is scared of the fireplace due to their natural instincts which cause them to fear any flame. The mere sight of one makes them extremely worried and anxious. Some dogs will attempt to run away, while others will see it as their duty to stay and protect you and their territory from it. Almost all will feel very stressed during all of this.
While it’s a mostly beneficial natural behavior, obviously there are isolated times when you want your dog to remain calm around a fire. One that is contained with your fireplace would certainly be one of those instances.
Desensitize your dog by bringing them into the room with your fireplace while it is not lit. Sit with them, hold them, pet them and give them praise. If they’re calm, go ahead and light a small fire while continuing to reassure your dog. As they do well, give them small treats too. All of this will help them to form positive associations with being around your lit fireplace.
If they’re continuing to stay relaxed, build the fire to your satisfaction while continuing to pet, praise, and treat your dog. Be patient and don’t force anything on them if they’re struggling. Anticipate this taking multiple, regular, short training sessions. These are proven to be more effective than less frequent, longer sessions.
Are Dogs Safe Around Fireplaces?
Dogs are safe around fireplaces, though you need to be very careful depending on their temperament. Ensure that your fireplace has a barrier between it and your dog before lighting it around them for the first time. It’s very common for dogs to be afraid of fire and fireplaces, and some will react very negatively.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to a nice, quiet night in front of the fire, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck, and we hope you found our article “Dog Barks at Fireplace? Here’s How to Stop It” helpful!