How to Stop Dog Barking at Hamsters

You love your dog, you love your hamster. So why can’t they seem to get along? Why is your dog barking at your hamster? Are hamsters okay with dogs barking, or are they scared by it? Can hamsters sense dogs, or are they pretty much just ignoring that they’re even there?

Today, we’re going to give you all the answers you’re looking for about this frustrating problem between your pets. And most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog barking at your hamster once and for all. Soon, you’ll no longer have to worry about the two of them! Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Hamsters.”

How to Stop Your Dog Barking at Hamsters

How to Stop Dog Barking at Hamsters

To stop your dog barking at hamsters:

  1. Put your dog on their leash and take them into the room where you keep your hamster.
  2. If your dog barks at your hamster, immediately tell them “no” or “stop” calmly but firmly and take them out of the room.
  3. Put your dog into a time-out in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys for about 10 minutes.
  4. Wait a while in case your hamster was scared by this.
  5. Try again to take your dog into the room where you keep your hamster.
  6. Speak quietly and try to relax your dog.
  7. If they are quiet this time, immediately reward them with pets, quiet praise, and a small treat.
  8. Keep the time short, even if your dog is doing well.
  9. Slowly but surely you can build up the length of time your dog spends in the room with your hamster, as long as they’re doing well.
  10. Repeat the steps as necessary if your dog begins barking at your hamster again.
  11. When your dog has shown they can stay calm and be quiet around your hamster, you can bring a quiet, non-squeaky chew toy for them to play with while they’re in the room with your hamster.
  12. Don’t allow your dog to get too close to your hamster’s cage or tank, even when they’re behaving. Remember that even small dogs are giants compared to your hamster, and your pup being up close and personal (even while not barking) could be very stressful for them.
  13. Ensure that anyone else in the home is also following these steps.
  14. Be patient and consistent.

This should help your dog to stop barking at your hamster and any other small pets you may have, but you’ll still need to address their underlying issue of disobedience. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog continuing to think that they run the show, and their problem will just start showing itself in even worse ways.

A simple walk could lead to an absolute nightmare as your dog pulls, lunges, and chases after every single critter, animal, and person they see with no regard to your pleas to stop.

Obviously, that’s not something you want happening so let’s now talk about handling this problem at its root. And to do that, we should first quickly go over what makes dogs function to begin with.

You’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. But when your dog barks at your hamster and refuses your commands to stop or shows disobedience at other times, they are clearly showing that they don’t respect you in this role.

If they did, they would not bark at your hamster. They would stay quiet, trusting that you are in charge and can handle things. They would end any other misbehavior related to confusion about pack leader issues. And they would obey your commands at all times, and do so happily.

You’d win. Your hamster would win. But your dog would win too because confusion over dominance and pack leadership is actually extremely stressful to your dog, and showing them that you are in charge and that you can handle things will be a tremendous relief to them.

Sounds great, does it not?

“Yeah, of course, but how am I supposed to do any of this?”

You should watch an excellent free video series which is on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In his series, he explains everything in ways that are very easy to understand 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 yell or be mean. Dan never uses those types of methods. Not just because loving teaching techniques are the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.

Why Is My Dog Barking at My Hamster?

Your dog is barking at your hamster because they see them as prey. It’s instinctual for your dog to view small animals with little defense in this way. Other signs that your dog is seeing your hamster as prey would be growling, chasing, and lunging at them.

There’s a possibility that your dog has learned enough to know that your hamster is not prey, but also part of the family, and is just trying to play. Most dogs will not understand that hamsters are just not really capable of playing with such a larger animal, though. Look for signs of play from your dog like a wagging tail or doing play bows.

But when your dog barks at your hamster and doesn’t obey your commands to stop, you have a serious respect issue on your hands. Your dog may even see themselves as being dominant over you. It’s important to handle this issue now because it will begin showing itself in many other negative ways, if it’s not already.

You’ll find your dog is barking at other dogs without listening to your commands to stop. They’ll bark at your gerbil, bark at your guinea pig, bark at your ferret, bark at your cat — whatever type of pets you might have, they’ll find it acceptable to do whatever they please with them and won’t listen to anything you say to stop them.

Obviously, you don’t want your dog barking constantly and stubbornly refusing to listen to your commands to stop, and you don’t want to experience any of the related misbehaviors that will come along with this line of thinking from them. To stop your dog barking at your hamster and misbehaving in other related ways, go back to the first section now.

Are Hamsters Okay With Dogs Barking?

Hamsters are not okay with dogs barking. While many people have both dogs and hamsters, and their dog might bark around their hamster without it seeming like an issue, it’s not something you should allow. Hamsters have very sensitive hearing, and your dog barking can be both startling and stressful to them.

So while it may seem like your hamster is not scared of your dog’s barking, you can’t just assume that. Furthermore, it’s a sign of behavioral problems with your dog when they bark at your hamster and do not listen to your commands to stop. Go back to the first section now where we’ll tell you how to stop your dog barking at your hamster.

Can Hamsters Sense Dogs?

Hamsters can sense dogs. They have excellent hearing and a strong sense of smell, so they will absolutely be able to detect if a predator like a dog is in the room with them. While your dog may or not actually be a danger to your hamster, it’s instinctual for them to both sense your dog and to possibly even be stressed by them.

While it might be tempting to introduce your hamster and your dog in the hopes that they can play in some way, you should not do this. Hamsters are not like cats that can interact with and live closely with dogs. Your only job is to train your dog not to bark at your hamster, so that their presence is not stress-inducing when they’re around.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to a quiet home where your dog doesn’t bark at your hamster, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Hamsters.”