Stop Dog Barking at Coyotes
It’s so scary! Your dog barks at coyotes and you’re worried about what it might provoke. Will they attack your dog, or do barking dogs scare coyotes away? Are you in trouble? Will a dog chase a coyote? Can a coyote hurt your dog?
Today, we’re going to answer every question you have about this scary issue. And we’ll of course cover what you came here for: how to stop your dog barking at coyotes. Soon, this frightening problem will be behind you for good. Keep reading below for our article “Stop Dog Barking at Coyotes!”
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How to Stop Your Dog From Barking at Coyotes
To stop your dog from barking at coyotes:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use anytime they bark at a coyote or whenever you need them to be silent.
- Practice by taking your dog to a place you know they’ll probably bark (the park, etc) with lots of treats.
- Once your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they respond and get silent while also paying attention to you reward them a treat and praise immediately.
- But if your dog continues to bark or quickly resumes, then hide a small treat in the palm of your hand.
- Put your hand right next to your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to smell it even within your fist and will quit barking to sniff it.
- Once they’ve quit barking and are giving you all their attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with praise and a small treat.
- If they keep being silent and are paying you their complete attention, continue rewarding them with treats and praise.
- But if they again begin barking or not giving you their attention, repeat the process of putting a treat inside of your hand, placing it near their nose, and pausing until they quit their barking and give you their focus.
- Make sure to always pause until they’ve stopped barking and are paying you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you give them with any praise or treats.
- This forms a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being silent and giving you their complete attention.
- With repetition, consistency, and patience, you should be able to get them to behave solely with the “quiet” command, and it won’t be necessary anymore to place your hand next to their mouth.
- Once your dog is doing well with only the command, then you can begin lengthening the duration of time you wait before you give them any rewards.
- Start by waiting for about 2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to about 5 seconds, and so on.
- It won’t be long until it will no longer be necessary to give your dog any food and praise, and they will be silent and give you their attention just by you giving the command.
But you’ll still need to address the underlying issue which led to all of this disobedience to begin with, which is your dog’s feelings of dominance and anxiety. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog’s problem showing itself in other ways that could be even worse.
To properly address that, we must first discuss what makes dogs function deep down. I’m sure you’ve heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog barks at coyotes and ignores your commands to stop, they are clearly showing you that they don’t respect you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at a coyote. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety or dominance-related disrespect. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.
Make it clear to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a deserving and capable one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these great things a reality.
Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the worry and confusion that their dominance and anxiety problems are currently saddling them with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
That sounds great, don’t you agree?
“Yeah, definitely, but how do I do this then?”
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 critical 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 yell or be mean to 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.
Do Barking Dogs Scare Coyotes?
Barking dogs are more likely to pique a coyote’s interest than to scare them away. Coyotes are closely related to dogs and they are able to recognize each other’s smells and to communicate through barking, howling, whimpering, eye contact, and body posture. A coyote is more likely to be scared away when they notice a dog is with a human.
But though they’re able to understand each other, you don’t want your dog barking at coyotes. There’s still the potential for fights and attacks, or they may draw the coyote closer where they’ll then go after other more vulnerable animals.
If your dog is barking at coyotes and ignoring your commands to stop, they are disrespecting you and also potentially putting other animals in the area, or other pets of yours, in danger. It’s also a clear sign of disrespect of your leadership, and if allowed to continue other problems will arise, in addition to their barking problem getting worse.
You’ll soon likely find your dog getting boisterous with all types of animals, many of them dangerous. You’ll find your dog is barking at scorpions, barking at bears, barking at mountain lions, or barking at snakes. The potential danger is obvious here, and if they’ve shown the willingness to ignore your commands not to bark, they’re likely to also ignore your commands not to attack.
To learn how to stop your dog from barking at coyotes while also teaching them to respect your leadership, go back to the first section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.
Will a Dog Chase a Coyote?
A dog will chase a coyote. Dogs are able to understand the body language cues and noises a coyote makes and will react similarly to how they would react to other dogs. This means that they may chase after a coyote in an attempt to protect their territory, or possibly even just because they think it’s playtime.
But this could lead to very dangerous interactions, so obviously you don’t want your dog thinking they have the freedom to do things like this. It’s important that your dog obeys your commands so that they are not chasing after coyotes, or provoking them by barking. Go back to the first section now where we’ll go over how to do just that.
Can a Coyote Hurt My Dog?
A coyote can hurt your dog. They will be particularly vulnerable if they’re a smaller breed under 25 pounds, though larger types of dogs could also be attacked. It’s important to keep a close eye on your dog if you’ve noticed coyotes in the area and to not let them run free during these times either.
Dogs have incredible senses of smell and can recognize the scent of a coyote. If you notice your dog acting agitated with hairs standing up, aggressively barking, or howling, bring them inside because they may be sensing a coyote in the area.
I’m sure you’re ready to quit worrying about your dog provoking a coyote attack, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck, and thank you for reading our article “Stop Dog Barking at Coyotes.”