How to Stop Dog Barking at Music
You just want to enjoy yourself, but you can’t because your dog keeps barking at your music. Why do they react like this? Why is your dog barking at your music? Is it the level? Why does your dog bark at loud music? How do you make dogs like music so you don’t have to deal with this anymore?
Today, we’re going to answer every single question you have about this issue. And obviously, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog barking at music. Soon, you’ll be able to relax and listen without worrying about your dog getting upset. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Music!”
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How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Barking at Music?
To stop dog barking at music:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use whenever they bark at music or at any other time you need them to pay attention and be silent.
- To accomplish that, take your dog to a place you know they’ll want to bark (the park, etc) with lots of treats.
- As soon as your dog begins barking, say “quiet” in a calm, positive voice. If they listen to you and become silent while also giving you their focus give them a treat and praise immediately.
- But if your dog continues to bark or soon resumes, then hide a small treat within your fist.
- Place your hand right by 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 stopped barking and are paying attention to you, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with a small treat and praise.
- If they keep being silent and are paying you their focus, continue rewarding them with treats and praise.
- But if they again start to bark or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of placing a treat inside of your fist, placing it close to their nose, and pausing until they quit their barking and give you their focus.
- Be sure to always wait until they’ve stopped their barking and are giving you all their focus, and then say “quiet” before you give them any praise or treats.
- This forms a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with staying quiet and giving you their attention.
- With time, repetition, and patience, you will be able to get them to respond with only the “quiet” command, and it won’t be necessary anymore to put your hand next to their mouth.
- When your dog is responding well with just the command, then you should start increasing the amount of time you pause before you reward them.
- Begin by waiting for 2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.
- It won’t be long until you won’t need to reward your dog with food and praise, and they will be silent and give you their focus just by you giving the command.
This will get your dog to stop barking at music, but it’s important to remember that the issues which were causing all of this to begin with (dominance, if they refuse your commands to stop and anxiety if they only bark at loud music) will still remain. And you definitely need to address those, because not doing so means that your dog will continue to suffer, act up, and misbehave in other ways.
To properly cover that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick 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 music, they are definitively telling you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t be barking at music. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety or dominance-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — immediately — and they would do so happily.
Show your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable, deserving one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these wonderful things a reality.
Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the worry and confusion that their issues with dominance or anxiety are currently saddling their little shoulders with every single second of every single day.
That sounds great, does it not?
“Yes, absolutely, but how am I supposed to do this?”
You should watch an excellent free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains all you’ll need to know 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 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 to 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 Is My Dog Barking at My Music?
Your dog is barking at your music as a form of bonding because they’re liking what they hear. You’ll probably also see that they’re howling. Remember that dogs descended from wolves, and still retain things like communicating through noises like howling. So in this case, your dog barking at your music (and howling) is their attempt to bond with you because they’re enjoying the sounds.
The only problem arises when your dog barks at your music and then ignores you when you tell them to stop. Sure, it might be nice that they’re jamming along with things, but eventually, you just want to listen to the songs as intended, and when your dog doesn’t comply that’s a problem.
This is a sign of disobedience and disrespect to your leadership. It’s wonderful that your dog wants to bond with you and wants to continue to strengthen those connections, but when they don’t listen to your commands then they are showing feelings of dominance.
This needs to be handled immediately or your dog will feel that it’s okay to do whatever they want, and you’ll soon see them barking whenever they want. They’ll be barking at your piano, barking at your guitar, and barking when you sing. Imagine how frustrating that will be!
To learn how to stop your dog barking at music, go back to the first section now and we’ll give you the exact steps you should follow.
Why Does My Dog Bark at Loud Music?
Your dog barks at loud music because the volume is too high and it’s scaring them, which causes them anxiety. They then bark to let out this stress at the confusing threat. It’s unlikely that your music is loud enough to cause immediate damage or pain, as dogs can handle up to 140 decibels before that will occur, but they could still be experiencing extreme discomfort.
If your dog barks at music no matter what, then their issue is quite different, however. In this case, then your dog is enjoying things and barks and howls at music as an attempt to bond and communicate with you. You can read more on that in the previous section if you’d like.
How Do You Make Dogs Like Music?
You make your dogs like music by desensitizing them slowly while making positive associations. Play some calm, soothing music at a very low volume while having them sit with you while petting them and giving them treats. Very slowly increase the volume while continuing to pet and give treats. Keep your sessions short and repeat regularly and your dog will learn to enjoy music.
This works because your dog will make positive associations with music. Short, regular training sessions will be more effective than long ones, and will help to keep them from getting too anxious from prolonged exposure while they’re still adjusting. Don’t force anything when your dog is still struggling, just take a break and try later or the next day.
I’m sure you’re sick of your dog barking at your music, so I’ll let you get started now. Best of luck with all of this, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Music.”