How to Stop Dog Barking at Reflection
What in the world is going on when your dog barks at the mirror? Do they understand that they’re barking at themselves? Does your dog just hate his own reflection? And what if they’re just staring at the mirror as if your dog is obsessed with his reflection? What does that mean then?
Well, don’t worry because this (while strange) is not that unusual of a problem for dogs to be having. And that means there are also well-known answers for what’s going on here, which we’ll tell you about today. Most importantly, we’ll fill you in on how to stop this annoying behavior. So without further ado, let’s get started on our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Reflection!”
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Why Is My Dog Barking at Her Reflection?
Your dog is barking at her reflection because she sees it as another dog in the room, and is barking because she thinks this dog is an intruder. It’s also possible that your dog just thinks this other dog is someone they can play with. If your dog just thinks it’s another dog ready to play, look for things like a wagging tail or them doing play bows.
If your dog does not respond to commands to stop barking at the mirror, then you’ll need to work on it through behavioral training. If they’re allowed to bark whenever they please, then the problem will only grow and escalate until they’re barking at practically everything.
Soon, you’ll have a dog who is barking in the car, barking at thunder, barking at the cat, and maybe even barking at the wall. Obviously, this would get obnoxious very fast. It’s important that you get to work on handling things, or they may even escalate into actually attacking the things at which they bark. Skip to the last section where we’ll cover how to do that.
Why Does My Dog Hate His Reflection?
If your dog hates his reflection, then your dog is seeing this “other dog” in the mirror as an intruder that needs to be dealt with. By acting angry towards what they see, they are showing that they have tremendous difficulty with both anxiety and aggressiveness.
It’s important that you start addressing this immediately through behavioral training (skip to the last section now, where we’ll go over how to do that). At the moment, your dog is showing you that they’re willing to get aggressive with any dog they see. So if you don’t do something now, you could have a full-on dog fight on your hands the next time you encounter another (actual) dog.
Why Is My Dog Obsessed With His Reflection?
Your dog is obsessed with his reflection because dogs are not able to self-recognize, and he is just very curious about this other dog. It’s not unusual for dogs to stare at the mirror, but if they are doing it compulsively and not listening to your commands to stop, then you have a problem on your hands.
While nothing significant, it’s still important that you start addressing things now as it’s better to handle problems when they’re still minor. Left unchecked, your dog will grow more stubborn and unwilling to listen to what you tell them. Staring at the mirror without getting aggressive is not a big deal, but not listening to your commands still needs to be handled as soon as possible.
How to Stop Your Dog Barking at Reflection
To stop your dog barking at their reflection, you should begin by using a calm but firm “quiet” command. Next, lead them away from the mirror (consider even turning it around while not in use, if possible). Once your dog has quieted, reward them with praise and pets. When they’ve settled, try bringing them in front of the mirror again for more practice.
Your dog should get desensitized to this “other dog” in the mirror, and also make positive associations with not barking at the mirror thanks to your praise and pets. Be patient and consistent, and your dog will begin making progress. Still, you need to address their overall barking issue, and more importantly, their refusal of your commands.
Everything you’re experiencing stems back to the same root problem: your dog not respecting you as their pack leader.
You’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. When your dog doesn’t listen to your commands or feels the need to “protect” the house from the dog in the mirror, then they are clearly showing that they don’t view you as capable of handling this role.
Show your dog that you are not only their pack leader — but a capable and effective one — and you’ll quickly stop your dog from barking at the mirror, and all other related behavioral issues. Your dog will obey your commands, quit being aggressive, and just generally be a happier, stress-free dog. Sounds terrific, right?
“Of course, but how am I supposed to do that?”
Well, I’d recommend watching an excellent free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on just this subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In it, 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 to the point so that you can start seeing results in a hurry.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no worries about having to be mean, because you won’t. Dan only uses 100% humane and loving methods at all times, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s the only way to achieve fast, permanent results with your four-legged friend.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to seeing these fantastic changes in your dog’s behavior, so I’ll let you get started on things. Best wishes with all of this, and thank you for reading “How to Stop Dog Barking at Reflection.”