Dog Barks at Window Cleaner? Here’s How to Stop It!
Even when you’ve lost track of time, you always know when they’re outside doing their job because your dog barks at the window cleaners the second they show up! What’s going on here? Why do dogs bark at window cleaners? Is your dog scared of the window cleaner? How do you calm your dog around the window cleaner?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to give you all the information you need about this problem. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog barking at the window cleaner once and for all. Very soon, you won’t have to worry about this ever again. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barks at Window Cleaner? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at Window Cleaner
To get your dog to stop barking at window cleaners, they need to learn to become quiet when told. To accomplish that, take your dog somewhere you know that they like to bark such as the park, with lots of small dog treats. Don’t take them off their leash and stay a fair distance away from the other people and animals at the park.
When your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they give you their attention, then immediately reward them with praise and a treat. But if they quickly start barking again or never even stop, then you should put a treat within your fist.
Place your hand very close to your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to detect the treat even within your hand and will quit their barking to investigate it. 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 quiet, keep rewarding them with a treat and praise. But if they begin to bark again, regardless of whether it’s at you or at someone at the park, repeat the steps of hiding a treat inside your first, placing it next to their nose, and then pausing until they’ve become silent.
Be sure that you’re waiting until your dog has gotten silent before you reward them. This creates a positive connection in your dog’s mind with paying attention and getting silent any time you say “quiet.” Reward them immediately with praise and treats when your dog is doing what they should.
With repetition, consistency, and patience, your dog will get silent simply by you giving the command, and you won’t need to place your hand near their mouth. You should then begin increasing the duration of time before you reward them. Start with just 2 seconds, then increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
It won’t be long before the praise and food rewards won’t be needed anymore and your dog will quit barking at the window cleaner or at anything else just by giving the “quiet” command.
This will get your dog to stop barking at window cleaners, but you can’t forget that the issues which were causing all of this in the first place (anxiety and territorial 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.
But before we can do that, we must first talk about what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. I’m sure you’ve 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 the window cleaneer, they are definitively telling you that they have no trust for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at your window cleaner and refuse your commands to quit. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of territorial dominance or anxiety-related disrespect. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, and they would do so happily.
Show your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable and deserving one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these wonderful changes 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 confusion and worry that their dominance and anxiety problems are currently saddling their little shoulders with 24/7.
Sounds wonderful, don’t you agree?
“Yeah, of course, but how do I do any of this?”
You should watch an incredibly useful 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 everything in ways that are very simple to understand 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 before things escalate any further.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry, 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.
Why Do Dogs Bark at Window Cleaners?
Dogs bark at window cleaners due to territorial dominance and anxiety. Your dog feels that is their job — and their job alone — to protect your home or apartment and its perimeter, which includes the windows. But all this responsibility also makes them very stressed, and everything eventually boils over to the point that they last out at the threat (the window cleaners) by barking.
The problem arises when your dog is barking at the window cleaners and ignoring you when you tell them to stop, or when this is happening repeatedly without improvement. Territorial dominance alone is a sign of distrust of your role as the leader of the home, but when they’re blatantly refusing your commands like this, there is no doubt that they don’t truly respect you.
While you may not see it as a big deal — after all, it seems like a normal thing for dogs to bark at these unusual people hanging outside the window — it most certainly is because if you don’t address it immediately, you are giving your dog tacit approval of their beliefs. That will only lead to their problems with dominance, anxiety, and misbehavior in general getting worse.
Before long, you’ll find that your dog is barking at your housekeeper, barking at your workmen in the house, and barking at your house sitter should you ever need one. These people all serve important roles in the functioning and maintenance of your home, and you certainly want them to have a safe, pleasant work environment so you can’t allow this to continue.
To learn how to stop your dog barking at window cleaners while re-establishing yourself as their leader whose commands must be followed, go back to the first section now and we’ll give you the exact steps you need to follow to make that happen.
Is My Dog Scared of the Window Cleaner?
Your dog is scared of the window cleaner. That’s because they look like an intruder and they behave in a way that is completely different than any other humans they’ve met. Even if your dog gets aggressive and barks at the window cleaner (which would be due to territorial dominance), they are ultimately doing so out of anxiety and fear.
With time and desensitization, most dogs will learn to ignore the window cleaner. If your dog reacts with aggression, barking, or other unwanted behaviors and ignores your commands to stop, however, then you have a behavioral issue that needs to be addressed. These are clear signs of disrespect of your role in the house and need to be handled right away so things don’t get worse.
Go back to the first section now and we’ll tell you exactly how to deal with that problem.
How Do I Calm My Dog Around the Window Cleaner?
To calm your dog around the window cleaner:
- Learn the times that your window cleaner will be coming by (if you don’t schedule them yourself).
- Act calmly and speak in soft, positive tones before the workers will be outside doing your windows.
- Take your dog for a long walk or play with them beforehand so that they’ll be tired by the time the window cleaners show up. Tired dogs are more well-behaved and docile.
- Give your dog a toy to keep them occupied.
- Put your dog on their leash before the window cleaners will show up.
- If your dog starts barking at the window cleaners or misbehaving and is not responding to commands to stop, take their leash and place them in a different room or in their crate with a blanket over the top. Dogs descended from wolves, and still feel safer and calmer in cave-like settings to this day.
- Pet your dog and speak softly to try and keep them calm. When they do well, reward them with a treat and praise.
- If they continue to stay calm, keep petting them, giving them treats, and praising them. This will form positive connections in your dog’s mind with staying quiet when the window cleaners are outside your home working.
- Do your best to be at home when the windows cleaner come by while your dog is still learning so that you can keep your dog calm.
- Continue working on the “quiet” command with your dog (go back to the first section of this article), which will be your most effective option long-term.
I’m sure you’re ready to not worry about the window cleaners passing by, so I’ll let you begin now. Best of luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Barks at Window Cleaner? Here’s How to Stop It!.”