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

It makes it hard to relax with a nice cup of tea when it’s always accompanied by your dog barking at the tea kettle. Why do they have to keep doing this? Why do dogs bark at tea kettles? Are tea kettles too loud for dogs? Is it the pitch level? Why do dogs bark at high-pitched sounds?

Today, we’ll thoroughly answer every question you have about this strange problem that’s ruining your relaxation. And of course, we’ll also teach you exactly how to stop your dog barking at the tea kettle. This will all soon be a thing of the past for you. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barks at Tea Kettle? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at Tea Kettle

Dog Barks at Tea Kettle

To stop dog barking at tea kettle:

  1. To get your dog to be silent whenever they begin barking at your tea kettle, teach them the “quiet” command.
  2. Practice by taking your dog somewhere you know they’ll probably bark like the park with plenty of small treats.
  3. As soon as your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they listen to you and get silent while also giving you their full focus immediately give them a treat and praise.
  4. But if your dog keeps barking or soon starts again, then hide a treat within your fist.
  5. Place your fist right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to detect the scent even within your fist and will stop barking to sniff it.
  6. As soon as they’ve stopped barking and are giving you their complete attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to give them praise and a small treat.
  7. If they keep being silent and are giving you their focus, continue rewarding them with treats and praise.
  8. But if they again begin barking or are not paying attention, repeat the process of putting a treat inside of your fist, placing it next to their nose, and waiting until they quit their barking and pay attention.
  9. Always be sure to wait until they’ve stopped barking and are giving you all their focus, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any praise or treats.
  10. This forms a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being quiet and paying attention to you.
  11. With practice, time, and patience, you will be able to get them to behave only with the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer have to place your hand by their mouth.
  12. Once your dog is doing well with just the command, then you should begin lengthening the duration of time you wait until you reward them.
  13. Begin by waiting for 1-2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
  14. Soon, it will no longer be necessary to reward your dog with praise and food, and they will be silent and pay attention to you just by you giving the command.

Still, to make real, long-lasting progress you need to ultimately address the problem at its root. Right now, your dog is basically doing whatever they want, losing control of their emotions, and most importantly: not listening to you or your commands to stop an unwanted behavior (barking at the tea kettle).

For us to go over that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve likely 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 your tea kettle, they are without a doubt telling you that they have no respect for you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t bark at the tea kettle and then refuse to quit when commanded. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety-related disrespect. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.

Prove 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 wonderful changes a reality.

Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety issues are currently saddling their little shoulders with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

That sounds terrific, doesn’t it?

“Absolutely, yeah, but how do I actually do this then?”

You should watch an excellent free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this very subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains absolutely 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 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 Do Dogs Bark at Tea Kettles?

Dogs bark at tea kettles because the high-pitched whistles scare them and make them anxious, which then causes many to react by barking. They don’t understand what’s going on, and the noise is very unpleasant to their sensitive hearing, so they seek to warn this unknown threat to stay away.

A dog barking at the tea kettle whistle is not unusual, your only real problem arises when they do so and then ignore you when you tell them to stop. This is disobedience and a sign that they do not trust your leadership. If they did, they would quiet when instructed to do so, because that’s what they were told and because they trust that you can keep them safe.

But since they are not, you have a behavioral problem developing that needs to be addressed immediately or their problems will only grow and escalate until they’re barking at every little noise they find confusing or stressful.

You’ll find that your dog barks at your blender, barks at your microwave, barks at the air conditioner, barks at your toaster, or barks at your hair dryer. These are just a few examples of the many possible things around your home that could easily set them off into an uncontrollable barking fit if you don’t take care of things now.

Fortunately, however, there’s a simple command we can teach you which will stop your dog barking at tea kettles as well as anything else. To learn it, go back to the first section now.

Are Tea Kettles Too Loud for Dogs?

Tea kettles are not too loud for dogs in the sense of causing hearing damage, but they are plenty loud enough to frighten them. Tea kettle whistles commonly produce decibel ranges between 79 and 95, which while very loud are nowhere near the 140 decibels needed to cause immediate hearing damage for a dog.

Still, this is more than loud enough to scare many dogs, who will then become very stressed and anxious. Some will flee the room and not want to return, while others might begin barking uncontrollably (learn a command to get them to quiet in the first section of this article). Obviously, neither of these is desirable.

When making tea, do your best to keep your dog in another room or in the backyard. If you inadvertently have the tea kettle whistle while they’re in the room and your dog becomes frightened, bring them back and gently pet them while speaking to them softly. As they calm, give them treats. This will help to reform positive associations with the room.

Why Do Dogs Bark at High-Pitched Sounds?

Dogs bark at high-pitched sounds like the whistle of a teapot because they frighten them. Since they have very sensitive hearing, sounds which might not be bothersome to us can still be extremely noisy and scary to your dog. It takes a very loud sound (140 decibels) to produce immediate hearing damage with a dog, but much lower decibels can still be very scary.

Do your best to keep your dog in another room or in the backyard if you’re going to be using something that produces a lot of noise. If they become frightened after hearing something very loud in a room, you’ll need to help them reform a positive connection with the room to get them to feel comfortable in there again.

You do this by bringing them back into the room while softly petting them and speaking to them in a quiet, positive tone. Tell them how good they’re doing and what a good dog they are, and as they begin to calm down, start giving them small treats. Don’t force things if they’re still struggling; there’s a good chance it will take multiple sessions before they feel comfortable.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to relaxing with a nice cup of tea, so I’ll let you get started now. Best of luck with all of this, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Barks at Tea Kettle? Here’s How to Stop It!”