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

Why does your dog seemingly have to call out to the heavens? Why does your dog bark at the sky? And why is your dog looking at the sky to begin with? What do they think they’re seeing up there? Does something scare them? Why is your dog afraid of the sky?

Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this troubling issue. And, obviously, we’ll get to the information you’re most interested in: how to stop your dog barking at the sky once and for all. Soon, this will all be behind you. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barks at the Sky? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at the Sky

Dog Barks at the Sky

To stop dog barking at the sky:

  1. Understand that they are doing this out of anxiety and boredom rooted in a lack of attention, exercise, playtime, and mental stimulation.
  2. You should begin, then, by making sure that your dog is getting lots of all of these.
  3. Take your dog to the park to play with other dogs.
  4. Take them for long walks, particularly in the evenings if your dog is barking at the night sky.
  5. Make sure that they always have a toy to play with.
  6. Teach them the “quiet” command using the following steps.
  7. Start by taking your dog to somewhere you know they like to bark with lots of small treats.
  8. If they begin to bark, say “quiet” in a positive voice.
  9. If they respond, then immediately give them a treat and praise.
  10. But if they keep barking or start again right away, then hide a treat inside of your fist.
  11. Place your fist near your dog’s mouth. They’ll be able to smell the treat even inside of your hand and should stop to sniff it out.
  12. Again say “quiet” and wait until your dog gets silent and gives you their full attention. Once they do, give them praise and a treat right away.
  13. Keep giving praise and treats as long as your dog stays quiet and pays attention to you.
  14. But if they again resume barking or not paying attention, repeat the process of giving the command, putting a treat in your fist, placing it near their nose, and waiting for their silence and attention.
  15. Be sure that you’re always waiting until they’ve silenced and given you their complete attention before rewarding them with praise and treats.
  16. This forms a positive connection in your dog’s mind with paying attention to you and staying quiet.
  17. Once your dog is reliably listening to the verbal command, you don’t need to place your hand by their mouth anymore.
  18. You can then start lengthening the amount of time before you reward your dog. Start by waiting for 2 seconds, then up that to 5, and so on.
  19. Soon, it won’t be necessary to give your dog the rewards either, and they will become silent and pay attention to you just by you giving the “quiet” command.

But while this will get your dog to stop barking at the sky, you need to remember that the underlying behavioral issues (anxiety, territorial dominance, etc.) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address those, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes stick?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like when your dog barks at the sky and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog barking at the sky ever again!

Why Does My Dog Bark at the Sky?

Your dog barks at the sky due to anxiety and frustration caused by boredom. This is rooted in a lack of playtime, attention, exercise, and mental stimulation. You’ll see this behavior most often in dogs that are very high-energy. To begin remedying this, be sure to play games with your dog, take them on walks, and bring them to the park where they can play with other dogs.

But if your dog is barking at the sky and ignoring you when you tell them to stop, then you also have a dominance issue on your hands. This means that your dog feels that they are in charge — not you — and that they can do whatever they want, whenever they want.

If you don’t get a handle on things now, their misbehavior is only going to get worse and begin showing itself more often. You’ll find your dog is barking at the shadows, barking in your garden, and barking at the full moon — all while refusing to listen when you try to get them to stop.

You can see how frustrating this would be for both you and anyone who lives nearby, so it’s important to take steps to handle this immediately. To stop your dog from barking at the sky and at other times — all on command — go back to the first section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.

Why Is My Dog Looking at the Sky?

Your dog is looking at the sky because they see, hear, or smell something. While there may be nothing obvious to you, remember that dogs can hear much better, and smell much better and further than we can — both by a significant margin. So while it may seem like they’re staring up at nothing, there’s something there.

They may simply be raising their nose to get a better whiff of whatever it is that’s gotten their attention, or to get a better angle to listen to the noise that they’re hearing. They may have also noticed something that’s no longer present like a bird or a plane, so it appears that they’re looking at nothing.

If your dog is behaving otherwise normally, there’s nothing to worry about. A dog that’s constantly looking up at the sky when outdoors and at the ceiling when inside, could be showing signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder, but that’s rarely the cause if it’s only occurring outside.

Why Is My Dog Afraid of the Sky?

Your dog is afraid of the sky because something up there has given them a negative impression. If planes take off and land nearby, for example, they’ve likely come to associate the loud noises that accompany that with the planes flying overhead. These loud noises are stressful and scary to dogs, so when your dog sees planes or anything else overhead it could make them fearful and worried.

But it could be other things too. Your dog may have had a bird dive at them before which was very frightening, and now they get scared anytime there’s one flying above. Try accompanying your dog outside and looking up with them, while petting them and giving them treats when they’re staying relaxed to help them form positive associations with the sky and being outside.

I’m sure you’re ready to quit seeing your dog barking up at the sky all the time, so I’ll let you get started now. Best wishes with everything, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barks at the Sky? Here’s How to Stop It!”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.