Dog Barking at Baby: What’s Happening + How to Stop!

Dog barking at baby and you can’t figure out how to stop them? It’s so incredibly frustrating, but you can relax because today we’re going to help you understand why your dog is barking at your baby and what you can do to create a safer, more peaceful environment.

We’ll explore the different reasons behind this behavior, whether it’s out of aggression, playfulness, or something else. You’ll learn how to calm your dog around babies and use the “Quiet” command effectively to stop unwanted barking. We’ll also teach you the signs of dog aggression towards babies and share tips for properly introducing dogs to infants. Keep reading!

Dog Barking at Baby

Dog Barking at Baby

When a dog barks at a baby, it can be due to a variety of reasons such as curiosity, jealousy, protection instincts, or discomfort with the new sounds and smells associated with the baby. It’s important to understand and address the underlying cause to ensure the safety and comfort of both the baby and the dog.

Why is My Dog Barking at My Baby?

Your dog is barking at your baby potentially due to feeling threatened, confused, or overstimulated by the new addition to the family. It’s important to observe the dog’s body language (bad signs include stiff body posture and fixated staring) and the context of the barking to determine if it stems from curiosity, protective instincts, or anxiety.

How to Calm Dog Around Babies

Calming your dog around babies involves gradual and supervised introductions, ensuring your dog has its own space, and maintaining a routine to help them feel secure. Positive reinforcement when they behave calmly around the baby can also reinforce good behavior. Always supervise interactions between your dog and baby.

How to Stop Dog Barking at Baby

  1. Identify Triggers: Understand the specific situations or actions that trigger your dog’s barking at the baby.
  2. Teach the ‘Quiet’ Command: When your dog barks, calmly say “Quiet” and wait for them to stop barking. Once they stop barking, even for a brief moment, immediately reward them with a treat and praise. If they resume barking, repeat the command. Be patient and consistent. Practice this regularly in various situations to reinforce the training.
  3. Redirect Attention: Redirect your dog’s attention away from the baby using toys or a different activity.
  4. Positive Association: Help your dog associate the baby with positive experiences, such as receiving treats or affection when near the baby.
  5. Consistency: Be consistent in your responses and training to ensure your dog understands the expected behavior.

Understanding why your dog barks at your baby and addressing the behavior with appropriate training and management strategies can foster a happy, wonderful relationship between your pet and your child.

These steps will help stop your dog from barking at your baby, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issues (anxiety, overprotectiveness, jealousy, etc.) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address those, any positive changes you see will only be temporary.

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

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 your dog barking at the baby 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 why your dog barks at babies ever again!

Why Does My Dog Bark at Babies?

Why Does My Dog Bark at Babies?

Your dog barks at babies for a range of reasons, including curiosity, protective instincts, anxiety, or a response to new sounds and smells. Understanding the root of this behavior is crucial in addressing it effectively and ensuring a safe environment for both the baby and the dog.

Dog Barks at Baby: Aggressive or Playing?

Determining whether your dog is barking at a baby out of aggression or playfulness depends on their body language and the context. Aggressive barking usually comes with other signs like growling, showing teeth, or a stiff body posture. In contrast, playful barking is often accompanied by a relaxed body, wagging tail, and inviting gestures like play bows.

Learn how to stop your dog barking at your baby by going back to the first section, where we’ll teach you the “quiet” command and some other helpful steps to follow.

Signs of Dog Aggression Towards Baby

Signs of dog aggression towards a baby include growling, snapping, stiff body posture, and fixated staring. It’s very important to recognize these signs early and address them immediately to prevent any potential harm. These behaviors indicate discomfort or threat perception from the dog towards the baby.

Dogs and Babies: How to Introduce

Introducing dogs and babies should be done gradually and under close supervision. Start by allowing your dog to sniff an item with the baby’s scent before meeting. During the initial introduction, keep your dog leashed and reward calm behavior. Never leave a baby and dog together unsupervised, regardless of how well they seem to get along.

In conclusion, understanding why your dog barks at babies is key to managing this behavior. It’s important to differentiate between playful and aggressive barking, watch for signs of aggression, and introduce your dog to the baby in a controlled, supervised manner. With patience and proper management, you can foster a safe and positive relationship between your dog and the baby.

You’re probably ready to get going now that you have all of your questions about your dog barking at your baby answered, so I’ll let you get started on things. Good luck, and thanks for checking out our article “Dog Barking at Baby: What’s Happening + How to Stop!”.

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.