Dog Barks at Me When I Say No
It’s so disheartening when your dog disrespects you. You tell them not to do something and all of the sudden they’re barking at you and getting upset? Why does your dog bark at you when you tell them no? And what if they take it further? Why does your dog get aggressive when you say no? Does it mean anything different when your puppy barks at you when you say no?
Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this frustrating issue. And, obviously, we’ll cover what you’re most interested in: how to stop your dog barking at you when you say no. Soon, this tough to deal with problem will be behind you for good. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barks at Me When I Say No!”
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Why Does My Dog Bark at Me When I Tell Him No?
Your dog barks at you when you tell him no because they feel dominant over you, and they are trying to assert that they have control. You, or someone else in the home, may have reinforced this behavior by giving in to whatever your dog wants in an attempt to get the barking to stop. But this actually just showed them that they are in fact in charge, so they now continue the behavior.
You can’t allow your dog to continue feeling like they are in charge, or it will only lead to more and more behavioral issues. You’re likely already experiencing plenty in addition to your dog barking when you tell them no. I’d bet your dog also engages in demand barking, which is when they bark to order you to get them something or to do something for them.
Is your dog barking for their ball uncontrollably? Does your dog bark to demand breakfast? These would be clear signs that your dog feels dominant over you, and it could start spilling over into actual aggression. You may soon find your dog snaps at other dogs, gets aggressive towards your husband, or gets aggressive towards your baby.
You obviously can’t allow any of these things to happen, so it’s important to address your dog’s incorrect beliefs about how your household works immediately. The good news is that you can get to their root issue while also addressing that your dog barks when you tell them no. Skip to the last section where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.
Why Does My Dog Get Aggressive When I Say No?
Your dog gets aggressive when you say no because they’re feeling dominant over you, and it’s escalated to the point that they feel there are no limits to how they can react when they want their way. Many dogs will begin by simply barking when you tell them no, but if they’re now getting aggressive when told no, things are getting very serious.
Your dog getting aggressive you tell them no is just one small step away from attacking you or someone else. You must immediately address their feelings of dominance and reassert yourself as the one who is actually in charge. Skip to the last section now where we’ll go over exactly how to do that.
My Puppy Barks at Me When I Say No
If your puppy barks at you when you say no, they want something and are testing the limits of how far they can take things. At this age, they may even just want to play and haven’t quite learned the appropriate ways to show that they want to do so (like play bows and wagging their tail).
While not a serious issue at this stage, it’s important that you not give in to your puppy’s demand barking. Doing so will mean that your puppy will grow into an adult dog who feels dominant over you, which can lead to serious issues like uncontrollable barking and aggression.
Continue to the next section where we’ll cover what you should do.
How to Stop Dog Barking at You When You Say No
To stop dog barking at you when you say no, you need to reassert yourself as in charge by teaching them to be silent on command. To do so, take your dog somewhere they like to bark (like the park) with plenty of small treats.
When your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a positive, calm voice. If they look at you, immediately give a treat and praise. But if they quickly resume barking again or never give you their attention, then hide a treat inside of your fist.
Put your fist next to your dog’s nose. Your dog will be able to detect the scent even with the treat inside of your fist, and will stop barking to investigate it. Once they’ve done so and also given you their attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with a treat along with praise.
If your dog keeps being quiet, continue rewarding them with a treat and praise. But if they resume barking, whether it’s at you or something else, repeat the process with hiding a treat inside of your fist, putting it near their nose, and then pausing until they’re quiet.
Make sure that you’re waiting until your dog has gotten quiet to reward them with their treat and praise. This will help to form a positive connection in their mind with being silent and paying attention whenever you say “quiet.” Immediately reward them with the treats and praise when they do.
With time, consistency, and repetition, your dog will quiet just by you giving the command, and without you needing to put your hand by their mouth. You should then begin lengthening the amount of time before you give them their rewards. Start with just a couple of 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 needed anymore and you can get your dog to stop barking for any reason just by giving the “quiet” command. But you still need to address the fact that they ever thought it was appropriate to act in this way and to feel dominant over you.
And to do that, we must first discuss what makes dogs function deep down. I’m sure you’ve heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog barks when you tell them no, they are without a doubt telling you that they have no trust for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark when told no. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, and they would do so happily.
Make it clear to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these terrific things your 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 anxiety and confusion that their dominance issues are currently saddling their little shoulders with every moment of every day.
That sounds terrific, doesn’t it?
“Yeah, absolutely, but how do I do any of this?”
You should watch an excellent 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 follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately 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 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 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.
I’m sure you’re ready to get your dog to quit barking when they’re told no, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best wishes with everything, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Barks at Me When I Say No.”