How to Stop Dog Barking at Iguanas
You love the unique relationship you have with your iguana. But that’s being made difficult because your dog keeps barking at your iguana! Why do dogs bark at iguanas? Is this unexpected? Do dogs and iguanas get along normally? Can an iguana hurt a dog, or will they be okay together?
Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this frustrating issue between your pets. Even more important, we’ll cover what you’re really concerned about: how to stop your dog from barking at your iguana! Soon, this problem will be behind you for good. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Iguanas!”
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How to Stop Your Dog Barking at Iguanas
To stop your dog barking at iguanas:
- When your dog barks at your iguana, immediately give them a calm but firm “no” or “stop.”
- Take them out of the room and place them into a time-out in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys for 10 minutes.
- Let them out, then wait a bit so that your iguana can relax and settle down.
- Try again later, but repeat the process if your dog is barking at your iguana again.
- But if they’re quiet, immediately reward them with pets, praise, and a small treat.
- To keep your dog from getting too close to your iguana’s cage, tank, or enclosure, you can create a smell barrier around it.
- Do so by making a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Spray this in a ring around your iguana’s enclosure at the distance that you’d like your dog to remain.
- The mixture is safe for nearly all surfaces, including wood, composite, laminate, tile, and carpet.
- While iguanas do not like the smell of hot peppers and related foods, there’s no evidence that they have issues with the smell of vinegar.
- After the mixture has dried (about an hour), the smell will go away but your dog will continue to be able to detect the scent and will remain deterred.
- Ensure that anyone else in the home is also following these steps.
- Be patient and consistent.
With time, your dog should stop barking at your iguana, but you’ll still need to address what was causing them to be disobedient and dominant in the first place. A failure to do so will just lead the problem showing itself in different areas that could be even worse and tougher to deal with.
And to do that, we should first quickly go over what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years now. 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 iguana and then ignores your commands to stop, they are clearly displaying that they don’t respect you in this role.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at your iguana or at other things. They would not engage in other types of misbehavior or dominance. And they would obey your commands at all times — as soon as they’re given — and they would do so happily.
You and your reptile friend will be better off for obvious reasons. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them of all the stress that pack leader and dominance confusion is currently causing them to carry around on their shoulders 24/7.
Sounds like a great thing then, doesn’t it?
“Yes, of course it does, but how do I do this?”
You should watch an excellent free video series which on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In his series, Dan will show you everything you need to know in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right the point so that you can start seeing these important changes in your dog in no time.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t get anxious or worried, because no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your four-legged furry friend. 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 Do Dogs Bark at Iguanas?
Dogs bark at iguanas because they are predators by nature, and see the iguana as both a threat and possible food. They may also still feel a need to protect you from the iguana, even if it’s been living in your home for a while now because it’s so strange looking and many dogs don’t always trust that you know what’s best and safest for yourself.
Depending on the temperament, breed, and friendliness of your dog, it’s possible that they’ve accepted your iguana as part of their family and are just trying to play. If this is the case, then you’ll also see your dog doing things like wagging their tail and performing play bows in your iguana’s direction.
Regardless, make sure that your dog is getting plenty of playtime, attention, and exercise so that they don’t bother your iguana by barking at them. You should also be sure that they always have an appropriate solo ojbect to play with, like a chew toy.
But if your dog is barking at your iguana and not listening to your commands to stop, this is a clear sign of both disobedience and dominance. You can’t allow these to continue as they’ll only escalate and grow worse, and it won’t be long before your dog may try to attack your iguana or other things that make them uncomfortable.
If your dog barks at your iguana, they’re likely misbehaving in other similar ways towards other pets of yours, and towards animals outside of the home. You’ll probably find that your dog is barking at your fish tank, barking at rabbits, barking at deer, and of course, barking at cats or barking at other dogs. People will also be likely targets.
To stop your dog barking at iguanas and other animals or people, and to get them to listen to your commands, go back to the first section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.
Do Dogs and Iguanas Get Along?
Dogs and iguanas do not get along. While they can be kept in the same home, they will always need to be separated. Dogs have a pestering, rough nature that would not blend well with the temperament of an iguana. When stressed or threatened, iguanas can behave erratically which could cause the dog to react by attacking.
They can be kept in the same household, but you should plan on them never being able to play together. There are steps you can take so that they can be in the same room together, but you’ll need to progress to that point slowly and cautiously. Go back to the first section now where we’ll go over how to do that.
Can an Iguana Hurt a Dog?
An iguana can hurt a dog. Iguanas generally only bite in self-defense, but dogs are not good at understanding when to stay away and might unintentionally provoke them. While iguanas produce a venom that is weak and harmless, they do possess dozen of sharp, serrated teeth which could easily cause serious injury and even death to your dog.
Iguanas also often carry bacteria on their skin, particularly if they’re in the wild. The Miami Herald reported a wave of dogs dying in Florida after trying to eat wild iguanas which had died and fallen out of trees during a heatwave. It was found that bacteria on the iguanas’ crusty skin lead to botulism poisoning.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to a stress-free home for both you and your pets (reptilian and canine), 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 Iguanas.”