How to Stop Dog Barking at Sugar Glider
Why can’t your two furry pals just learn to get along? Why do dogs bark at sugar gliders? Is it always going to be like this? Do dogs and sugar gliders get along? And just how far could your dog’s aggression go? Do dogs eat sugar gliders?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. And we’ll of course cover the information you came here for: how to stop your dog barking at your sugar gliders once and for all. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Sugar Glider!”
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Why Do Dogs Bark at Sugar Gliders?
Dogs bark at sugar gliders because they’re predators and it’s in their natural instincts to see your sugar gliders as prey. They may even attempt to do things like chase your sugar gliders, lunge at them, paw at them, and possibly even try to bite them.
It’s also possible that if your dog has a friendlier temperament that they’re just excited and wanting to meet this other furry member of the family. Many dogs when they get very curious about something will show that through barking. They may even want to play with your sugar glider. Other signs of play you can look for would be a wagging tail and play bows.
But if your dog is barking at your sugar gliders and ignoring your commands to stop, then you have an issue of dominance on your hands. This means that your dog feels that they are in charge, and that they — and they alone — get to decide what is and what is not a threat, and how it is appropriate to respond.
If allowed to continue, your dog barking at your sugar glider could escalate into an attack, so obviously you want to get control of this problem immediately. At the very least, you’re also going to see your dog barking uncontrollably at other animals you may have. Your dog will be barking at your other dogs, barking at your turtles, barking at your gerbils… basically anything.
To stop your dog from barking at your sugar gliders and any other animals on command, skip to the last section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.
Do Dogs and Sugar Gliders Get Along?
Dogs and sugar gliders don’t get along generally. Dogs are natural predators, and sugar gliders are natural prey. This leads to your sugar glider being very stressed and frightened by dogs. You should be very cautious about introducing the two, and should never leave a dog and a sugar glider alone together.
You can create a barrier around your sugar glider’s area by making a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply it in a line where you’d like your dog to stop in their tracks. The smell will go away after about an hour and won’t bother your sugar glider, but your dog will continue to be able to detect it and should be deterred.
The mixture is safe to use on nearly all surfaces including carpet, wood, laminate, composite, and tile.
Do Dogs Eat Sugar Gliders?
Dogs do eat sugar gliders, particularly if they’re a hunting breed. You should never leave the two alone together, because it’s in a dog’s natural instincts to go after animals that they consider small prey, like a sugar glider. That being said, it is possible for dogs and sugar gliders to get along but you should introduce them slowly, cautiously, and always keep your dog on their leash.
How to Stop Your Dog Barking at Your Sugar Glider
To stop your dog barking at your sugar glider, take your dog to the park (or somewhere that you know they’ll probably want to bark) with plenty of small treats. Say “quiet” in a positive voice. If they look at you, give them praise and a treat right away.
But if your dog never quits barking or quickly resumes it again, then place a treat within your fist. Put your fist next to your dog’s nose. They’ll be able to smell it and should quit barking so they can investigate the scent.
Once they’ve stopped their barking and given you all their attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand and give them the treat along with praise. If they continue to be silent, keep rewarding them with a treat and praise.
But if they start barking again, whether it’s at you or something else, repeat the process of putting a treat in your fist, placing it by their nose, and then waiting for them to quiet.
Make sure that you’re waiting until they’ve quieted and closed their mouth before you open your hand and give them their treat and praise. This will help to form a positive connection in your dog’s mind with being silent and paying attention whenever you say “quiet.” Reward them with praise and treats immediately when they do, especially at first when they’re still learning.
With time, repetition, and consistency, your dog should learn to stop barking just by you saying “quiet” but without you need to place your hand next to their mouth. When they are responding well to solely the verbal command, you can increase the amount of time you wait before you give them the treat. Start with just 2 seconds, then up that to 5 seconds, and so on.
It won’t take long until the food rewards and praise will no longer be needed anymore and you can get your dog to stop barking at your sugar gliders and for any other reason just by giving the “quiet” 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. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog’s problem showing itself in other ways that could be even worse.
Any refusal of commands from your dog is a clear sign that they’re holding the improper belief that they don’t have to listen to you and that they are in charge. Obviously, that’s not something that you can let continue so to properly get to this problem at its root we should first talk about what makes dogs function.
You’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals and that in every pack there is a pack leader. Well, when your dog barks at your sugar gliders and then refuses your commands to stop, or disrespects you by not listening at other times, they are clearly showing that they don’t respect you in this role. They actually even see themselves as the leader.
But once you’ve shown your dog that you are the one in charge, they’ll stop barking when told, and will rarely even start to begin with. They’ll not engage in any other types of dominance-related misbehavior. And they’ll obey your commands at all times — immediately — and they’ll do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are their pack leader, and a capable, worthy one at that, and you’ll be able to make these wonderful changes a reality.
You and your sugar gliders will obviously be better off, but so will your dog because they’ll no longer have to carry around all of the stress and confusion their dominance and pack leader issues are currently burdening them with 24/7.
Sounds great then, right?
“Yes, of course, but do I do any of 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 his series, Dan explains absolutely 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 important changes in your dog in no time.
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.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to a dog that behaves and doesn’t scare your sugar glider, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best wishes, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Sugar Glider.”