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How to Stop Your Dog Barking When You Go Upstairs

Every time you head up the stairs you get the same awful barking from your dog. Why are they doing this? Why does your dog bark when you go upstairs? Should you just give in and let them come up with you? Are there any tools that are okay to use that will help you to stop them from doing this?

Well, wonder no more, because today we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this frustrating behavior. And most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop it! I’m sure you’re looking forward to seeing that change in your dog, so let’s not delay any longer and get to our article “How to Stop Your Dog Barking When You Go Upstairs!”

How to Stop Dog Barking When You Go Upstairs

How to Stop Your Dog Barking When You Go Upstairs

To stop dog barking when you go upstairs, you must first start by not rewarding the behavior. Resist the urge to quiet them by allowing your dog to go upstairs with you. Ignore their barking and if it continues, place them into time-out in their crate or a closed-off room for about 10 minutes.

It can help to desensitize your dog if you spend some time going up the stairs, then coming back down after a short time, or even right away. If they stayed quiet during this time, you should then reward them with pets, praise, and a small treat.

The combination of these will help your dog to see that when you go upstairs, you’ll be returning — and possibly even very soon. And that by being quiet during this time, they get rewarded. When they bark, however, they get negative results — and they still don’t get to go upstairs with you.

Be patient and consistent, and ensure that anyone else in your home is also following these steps and your dog should get a hang of things soon. But you still need to address their underlying issue of separation anxiety which was causing all of this in the first place.

And to do that, let’s talk about what makes dogs function deep down. You’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. When your dog experiences separation anxiety, they are either feeling the need to protect you or to be protected by you at all times.

Both of these would stem from pack leader issues. To be more specific, your dog is essentially telling you that they don’t trust you as their pack leader, and maybe even that they see themselves in this role. If they did, they would trust that you can handle being alone, and they would also have the confidence to know you would not leave them alone in an unsafe situation.

But once you’ve proven to your dog that you are not just their pack leader — but a capable one worthy of respect — your dog will stop barking when you go upstairs, stop experiencing separation anxiety, and you’ll be able to stop all their other related behavioral issues too.

Everyone wins. Sounds great, right?

“Of course, so how do I do this then?”

You should watch an excellent free video series that’s on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In his training series, he’ll show you everything 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 these critical changes in your dog in no time.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t stress, because you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your four-legged friend. Dan never uses those types of methods. That’s because humane and loving training is the fastest way — and the only way — to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.

Why Does My Dog Bark When I Go Upstairs?

Your dog barks when you go upstairs because they have separation anxiety. This means that your dog gets very stressed and worried when you’re not around, either because they feel the need to protect you at all times, or to have you around to protect them at all times.

In both cases, this is not a fun experience for your dog. And obviously, you don’t enjoy your dog barking when you go upstairs either. But you can’t give in and allow your dog to accompany you everywhere.

Dogs descended from wolves, and still typically want to be with their fellow “pack members” as much as possible. But that’s not always realistic, and allowing it also won’t do anything to solve the underlying problem.

If it isn’t happening already, your dog will soon be barking constantly and not leaving you alone at any time. Your dog will bark when you leave the apartment or your house. Your dog will cry when you leave the room. You won’t be able to sit without your dog laying under the chair. If it gets really bad, your dog might even try to jump in the shower with you.

I’m sure you can see how frustrating this could be — if you’re not to this point already. It’s important that you start behavioral training right away if your dog is showing these signs of separation anxiety. Go back to the first section now where we went over how you can do that.

Should I Let My Dog Go Upstairs if They Bark?

You should not let your dog go upstairs if they bark. Doing so might quiet them down at the moment, but is only going to lead to more barking in the future.

That’s because you’ll have taught them that barking like this gets rewarded, so naturally, they’ll keep doing it and doing it even more.

Is It Okay to Use a Bark Collar on My Dog?

You should not use a bark collar on your dog. They work by delivering a painful shock, or something else unpleasant like a bad scent, to your dog. Regardless of the exact way the bark collar you might choose works, they are inhumane and cruel. And you’ll still do absolutely nothing to address the actual issue at hand.

What you’ll be left with is a dog who no longer trusts you, who experiences pain and discomfort, and who still has the exact same problems — probably more — that caused you to want to put them in a bark collar in the first place. Do not use bark collars on your dog if they are barking when you go upstairs or for any other reason.

I’m sure you’re ready to be able to head upstairs without your dog going nuts, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article on how to stop your dog barking when you go upstairs.