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

They’re a unique form of aviation, but it makes them tough to enjoy watching when your dog keeps barking at helicopters. Why do they go crazy like this? Why do dogs bark at helicopters? Are helicopters too loud for dogs? Are dogs scared of helicopters?

Today, we’re going to end all of your confusion by answering all of these questions and more. We’ll of course cover how to stop your dog barking at helicopters. Very soon, this issue is all going to be a thing of the past for you. Continue reading below for our article “Dog Barks at Helicopter? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at Helicopter

Dog Barks at Helicopter

To stop your dog barking at helicopters, you’ll need to teach them to become quiet on command. To accomplish this, bring your dog somewhere you know that they like to bark like the park, with plenty of dog treats. Leave them on their leash and stay a good distance away from the other people and animals there.

As soon as your dog barks, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they give you their attention, then reward them right away with a treat and praise. But if they quickly resume barking again or never even stop, then you should hide a treat inside your hand.

Place your hand right by your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to detect the treat even inside of your hand and will stop their barking to investigate the scent. Once they’ve become silent and are also giving you their full attention, again give the “quiet” command and then open your hand to reward them with a treat and praise.

If your dog keeps being silent, keep rewarding them with praise and a treat. But if they begin to bark again, regardless of whether it’s at something at the park or at you, repeat the steps of putting a treat in your fist, placing it right next to their nose, and then pausing until they’ve gotten silent.

Make sure that you’re waiting until your dog has gotten silent before you reward them. This helps form a positive connection in your dog’s mind with giving you their attention and being silent whenever you say “quiet.” Reward them right away with treats and praise when your dog is responding well.

With patience, practice, and repetition, your dog will become silent just by you giving the command, and it will no longer be necessary to place your hand next to their mouth. You should then begin increasing the amount of time before you give them their rewards. Start with just a few seconds, then move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.

It won’t be long until the food rewards and praise won’t be necessary and you can get your dog to quit barking at helicopters or at anything else simply by giving the “quiet” command.

This will get your dog to stop barking at helicopters, but you can’t forget that the issues which were causing all of this in the first place (anxiety and dominance) will still be present. And you absolutely must address those, because not doing so means that your dog will continue suffering and misbehaving in different (possibly worse) ways.

To properly cover that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick deep down. 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 helicopters, they are definitively proving to you that they have no trust for you as the head of the family pack.

If they did, they wouldn’t bark at a helicopter and then completely ignore your commands to quit. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety or dominance-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so right away.

Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable, deserving one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these wonderful changes a reality.

You’ll win for obvious reasons. But your dog will be the real winner here because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their issues with dominance and anxiety are currently placing on their little shoulders every moment of every day.

Sounds wonderful, right?

“Yeah, definitely, but how do I do this?”

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

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And 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 Helicopters?

Dogs bark at helicopters because they are very loud and confusing, which causes them to feel anxious and many will respond by barking. They may also feel dominant and think they need to protect not just themselves, but also you from this strange, noisy flying thing.

Even at 500 feet, a helicopter will produce 87 decibels of sound at ground level. Dogs have extremely sensitive hearing, so what’s loud to you is even more so for them. This can be very frightening, and also in many dogs will provoke a need to feel protective which prompts their barking.

This is all normal behavior. The problem arises when your dog barks at helicopters and then doesn’t listen when you tell them to stop. When this occurs, you have a serious issue of disobedience on your hands that needs to be addressed right away. A failure to do so gives your dog the idea that they can pick and choose how they react to the different things they encounter.

You will then have a dog on your hands which will be uncontrollable at times. You’ll find that your dog barks at airplanes, barks at hot air balloons, and maybe even just barks up at the sky. Not showing your dog that you are in charge could lead to their dominance getting out of hand, or fear issues that cause them to feel constantly stressed.

Obviously, neither of those are good for you or your dog’s wellbeing. To learn how to stop your dog barking at helicopters as well as anything else (all on command), go back to the first section now and we’ll teach you how.

Are Helicopters Too Loud for Dogs?

Helicopters are not too loud for dogs in the sense of causing immediate hearing damage, but they are too loud in the sense of causing many to feel scared and frightened. Some will respond by attempting to flee while others will bark and adopt a posture of aggression in an attempt to protect both themselves and you.

Helicopters will be loudest to you and your dog at ground level, where they produce 105 decibels. While it takes 140 decibels of sound to produce immediate hearing damage in a dog, this level is still more than enough to cause significant stress and worry, as is the helicopter’s large size and strange movement.

It’s best to keep your dog at a far distance from any helicopters taking off or landing. If you can’t leave the area, keep a tight hold on their leash while softly reassuring them and giving them pets, along with small treats if you have any. This will help condition your dog to not feel scared or frightened by the helicopter.

Are Dogs Scared of Helicopters?

Dogs are scared of helicopters typically, though it will depend on their individual temperament. While the loud noise produced and strange movement of helicopters will be frightening to most dogs, not all will be so it’s important to keep a tight grip on their leash if you are around one.

Reassure your dog by petting them while speaking softly to them. Give them small treats if they are staying calm and not barking or attempting to flee or go after the helicopter. This is particularly important if you anticipate your dog being around helicopters regularly, as it will help them to form positive associations with staying relaxed.

I’m sure you’re ready to enjoy this unique form of aviation without your dog going crazy, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best of luck, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barks at Helicopter? Here’s How to Stop It!”