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How to Stop Dog Barking at Weed Eater

Using your weed eater can be noisy enough, but it’s even worse when your dog feels the need to join in and then won’t stop! Why do they act like this? Why do dogs bark at weed wackers? Are string trimmers too loud for dogs? Can a weed trimmer hurt a dog?

Today, we’re going to answer each and every single one of these questions for you. Most importantly, we’ll explain step-by-step how to stop your dog barking when you use the weed eater once and for all. Soon, this will all be behind you. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Weed Eater!”

How to Stop Dog Barking at Weed Eater

How to Stop Dog Barking at Weed Eater

To stop dog barking at weed eater:

  1. To get your dog to be silent whenever they start barking at the weed eater, teach them the “quiet” command.
  2. To accomplish that, take your dog somewhere you know they’re going to bark (the park, etc) with lots of treats.
  3. As soon as your dog begins barking, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they listen and get silent while also giving you their complete focus give them a treat and praise immediately.
  4. But if your dog continues to bark or quickly resumes, then hide a treat in your hand.
  5. Place your fist right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to pick up the scent even within your fist and will quit barking to sniff it.
  6. As soon as they’ve stopped barking and are paying you all their attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to give them a treat and praise.
  7. If they continue to be silent and are giving you their complete attention, keep rewarding them with treats and praise.
  8. But if they again begin to bark or are not giving you their attention, repeat the process of putting a treat inside of your hand, placing it near their nose, and waiting until they quit their barking and give you their focus.
  9. Make sure to always wait until they’ve quit barking and are giving you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any treats or praise.
  10. This forms a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with staying quiet and giving you their attention.
  11. With repetition, consistency, and patience, you will be able to get them to respond only with the “quiet” command, and it won’t be necessary anymore to put your hand next to their mouth.
  12. Once your dog is doing well with just the command, then you should start lengthening the amount of time you wait before you reward them.
  13. Begin by waiting for about 2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to about 5 seconds, and so on.
  14. It won’t be long before you won’t need to give your dog any praise and food, and they will be quiet and give you their focus just by you giving the command.

Still, to make real, long-lasting progress you need to ultimately address the problem at its root. Right now, your dog is basically doing whatever they want, losing control of their emotions, and most importantly: not listening to you or your commands to stop an unwanted behavior (barking when you edge the lawn).

And for us to properly go over that, we must first talk about 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 every time that your dog barks while you’re edging and trimming and then refuses to stop when told, they are clearly proving to you that they don’t respect you as the head of the family pack.

If they did, they wouldn’t ignore your commands. They wouldn’t display any other types of territorial, anxiety, or dominance-related misbehavior or disrespect. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so right away.

Show your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a deserving and capable one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these terrific things your reality.

Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because you’ll have freed them from all of the worry that their pack leader confusion issues are currently placing on them every moment of every day.

Sounds great, right?

“Absolutely, yeah, but how am I supposed to do this?”

You should watch a terrific free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this very 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 worry, because no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your dog. 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 Weed Wackers?

Dogs bark at weed wackers because they’re loud, scary, and confusing which makes them feel very anxious. Many dogs will then choose to respond by barking at this threat. Frequently, the anxiety is also rooted in feelings of dominance and territoriality, meaning that they feel the need to protect you and your home.

It is not unusual for dogs to bark when you’re using the weed wacker, but when they do so and then refuse your commands to stop and keep at a distance (preferably, they should already be inside), then you also have a disobedience issue that needs to be dealt with.

Allowing it to continue because you think “well, it’s normal considering how loud it is” means that you’re unintentionally giving your dog approval to respond to things that confuse or stress them out this way. They’re also getting the message that they don’t have to listen to your commands.

Soon, their issues will grow and escalate until they’re misbehaving more and more regularly. It won’t be long until your dog is barking when you mow the lawn, barking when people are jogging by your home, barking at people on bikes, or just barking whenever they’re in the garden.

There’s a good chance they’re already doing all of these sorts of things. But the good news is that this can all easily be taken care of while also addressing the root issues that are causing all of this misbehavior in the first place.

To learn how to stop your dog barking when you edge the lawn (or at any other unwanted times), go back to the first section now. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to make all of this happen step-by-step.

Are String Trimmers Too Loud for Dogs?

String trimmers are not too loud for dogs. They produce roughly 90 decibels of sound at a normal operational distance, which is well below the 140 decibels needed to cause immediate hearing damage in canines.

Your string trimmer will be even louder at closer distances, but for obvious safety reasons, your dog should be nowhere close to you while you are edging your lawn. Ensure that they’re inside, or somewhere that will keep them away from you while you’re working.

Can a Weed Trimmer Hurt a Dog?

A weed trimmer can hurt a dog severely, possibly even killing them. Trimmers spin at up to 10,500 RPM while in operation, which is more than enough to seriously injure your dog (or anyone else) that gets in its path.

Your trimmer has no problem slicing through things at those speeds, so keeping even well-behaved dogs somewhere safe is an absolute must. Some will be curious, others will feel the need to protect you. In either case, your dog belongs nowhere near you while you’re using your weed trimmer.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to getting your lawn edged and trimmed without your dog’s interference, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Weed Eater!”