How to Stop Dog Barking in Restaurant

You’d love to be able to take your dog to pet-friendly eateries, but every time you do your dog starts barking in the restaurant and you have to leave before you can enjoy your meal. Why does your dog bark in restaurants? Is your dog barking at waiters or something else? How do you keep your dog calm in a restaurant so everyone can relax?

Well, no worries, because this frustrating issue will soon be behind you! Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have and most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog barking in restaurants. I’m sure you’re eager to see these changes in your life, so without further ado, let’s get to our article “How to Stop Dog Barking in Restaurant!”

How to Stop Your Dog Barking in Restaurants

How to Stop Dog Barking in Restaurant

To stop your dog barking in restaurants, first start by taking them for a long walk to get some exercise beforehand. A tired dog is a quiet dog. Next, bring something small they can chew on (not squeaky) to keep them occupied. When they are being quiet and calm, reward them with pets, praise, and a small treat.

Your dog should quickly make positive associations with behaving and not barking in restaurants. But you need to remember that while these steps will get your dog to stop barking in restaurants, the underlying behavioral issues (anxiety, aggression, attention-seeking) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present.

And until you address those, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“So, how do I make them last then?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like when your dog barks in restaurants and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog barking in restaurants ever again!

Why Does My Dog Bark in Restaurants?

Your dog barks in restaurants because they’re anxious and full of nervous energy. They might be worried because of all the noises and new smells (dogs can smell up to 100,000 times better than we can), or they could be barking at waiters and other people in the restaurant. Either way, the new environment and all the things going on there make them nervous.

Your dog is untrusting of all these unfamiliar things, so they bark as a warning to stay away from the both of you. In the future, it will help to take your dog out for a nice long walk or some exercise beforehand. A tired dog is a quiet dog. Still, you’ll need to address their issues with anxiety that are causing them to bark.

While you may be able to get them to quiet down at restaurants by wearing them out before, their underlying inability to handle anxiety will still be present. If you don’t address things now, the problem will only grow and escalate, and soon they’ll also be barking at birds, barking at fireworks, and barking at the postman — all without listening to your commands to stop.

Obviously, none of these are things you want to deal with, so you should work on them right away through behavioral training. You can go back to the first section of this article now, where we went over how to do that.

Why Does My Dog Bark at Waiters in Restaurants?

Your dog barks at waiters in restaurants most likely because they’re afraid the person could be dangerous. They see the waiter as a stranger and a possible threat, so they bark to try and scare the person away from the both of you. Other dogs might bark at waiters not because they’re scared, but because they want attention from them.

You can tell which is the reason your dog is barking at waiters by looking to them for other clues. If your dog is wagging their tail, you can safely say they just want attention, and to meet the waiter. If your dog is focusing intently, remaining steadfast, and maybe even growling, then obviously the waiter worries them and they are warning them to stay away.

If you see your dog potentially getting aggressive with the waiter (or anyone else at the restaurant), you should leave right away. Your dog is not ready to be eating out if they are getting so close to attacking a stranger, so you need to work on things through behavioral training before you attempt to take them again. We covered that in the first section of this article.

How Do I Calm My Dog Down in a Restaurant?

To calm your dog down in a restaurant, teach them using positive reinforcement. When your dog is being nice and calm and quiet, reward them for this by giving them pets, praise, and treats. They’ll quickly learn that they should continue this so that they keep getting the things they enjoy.

If your dog is already being anxious or aggressive, leave right away if you feel like it’s already escalated. If they’re still relatively calm but seem uneasy, pet your dog while speaking to them in a soothing, quiet voice to relax them. If they settle down, give them more praise and a small treat.

I’m sure you’re ready to see these wonderful changes in your dog so that the two of you can eat out in peace, so I’ll let you get started. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Barking in Restaurant.”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.