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How to Stop My Greyhound Barking at Other Dogs

Your love your quick doggo so much, but they just won’t stop getting into it with other dogs. Why does your greyhound bark at other dogs? Are greyhounds aggressive to other dogs typically, or is yours acting unusually? How much do you need to worry? Will your greyhound attack other dogs?

In this article, we will answer every question you have about this worrying issue. And of course, we’ll tell you how to stop your greyhound from barking at other dogs so you won’t have to worry about an attack. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop My Greyhound Barking at Other Dogs!”

How to Stop Greyhound Barking at Other Dogs

How to Stop My Greyhound Barking at Other Dogs

To get your Greyhound to stop barking at other dogs, they need to learn to become quiet when instructed. To do that, take your dog somewhere you know that they like to bark such as the park, with lots of small dog treats. Leave them on their leash and stay far away from the other people at the park.

As soon as your Greyhound begins barking, say “quiet” in a calm, positive voice. If they give you their attention, then reward them with praise and a small treat immediately. But if they start barking again or never even stop, then you should put a treat inside your hand.

Put your hand right by your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to detect the treat even within your hand and will quit their barking to sniff it out. Once they’ve gotten silent and are also giving you their full attention, again issue the “quiet” command and then open your hand to give them their praise and a treat.

If your dog continues being silent, keep rewarding them with praise and a treat. But if they resume barking again, regardless of whether it’s at someone at the park or at you, repeat the steps of putting a treat within your fist, placing it next to their nose, and then waiting until they’ve quieted.

Make sure that you’re pausing until your Greyhound has become silent before you reward them. This helps form a positive connection in your dog’s mind with paying attention and getting silent any time you say “quiet.” Reward them right away with praise and treats when your dog is doing what they should.

With practice, patience, and consistency, your dog will become quiet solely by you giving them the command, and it will no longer be necessary to place your hand near their mouth. You should then begin lengthening the amount of time before you give them any rewards. Start with just 1 to 2 seconds, then increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.

It won’t be long until the food rewards and praise won’t be necessary anymore and your Greyhound will stop barking at other dogs or at anything else and all you’ll have to do is give the “quiet” command.

This should help your Greyhound to stop barking at other dogs, but you’ll still need to address their disobedience which was caused by their underlying issues with dominance. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog continuing to think that they run the show, and their problem will just start showing itself in even worse ways.

To properly address that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve likely heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.

But when your Greyhound barks at other dogs, they are without a doubt telling you that they have no respect for you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t bark at other dogs and completely ignore your orders to be quiet. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance-related misbehavior or disrespect. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.

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

You’ll win for obvious reasons. But your dog will be the real winner here because you’ll have freed them from all of the worry and confusion that their dominance problems are currently burdening their little shoulders with every single second of every single day.

That sounds wonderful, don’t you agree?

“Yes, of course, but how do I do this?”

You should watch a tremendous 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 everything in ways that are very easy to follow 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 worry, because no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching techniques at all times. Not just because they’re the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.

Why Does My Greyhound Bark at Other Dogs?

Your Greyhound barks at other dogs because they feel dominant and see it as their duty to protect both you and themselves. It’s also possible that they’re just wanting to play, and see the other dog as a potential partner. Aggressive dogs will be rigid with their bark accompanied by growling. Playful dogs will have a high-pitched bark, a wagging tail, and will be doing play bows.

But while you may see it as a good thing that your Greyhound feels protective of you, the problem arises when they refuse to stop when commanded. This would be a definitive sign that they see themselves as above you, meaning that they — and they alone — get to decide whether this other dog is a threat, and when the threat is over.

Since your Greyhound continuing to bark could provoke other dogs, this behavioral issue could have dangerous ramifications. Even if you were able to somehow guarantee that it would never cause a dog fight, it needs to be handled immediately. If not, you are giving your dog the impression that their actions are okay and encouraged.

Your Greyhound will then begin acting up more and more frequently. They’ll do whatever they want, whenever they want. You’ll find your Greyhound biting. Your Greyhound will pee in the house and poop in the house. Your Greyhound will pull on walks.

Imagine how frustrating this will make your life! Obviously, you don’t want any of that. To learn how to stop your Greyhound barking at other dogs while also preventing other behavioral problems, go back to the first section now and we’ll walk you through exactly what to do.

Are Greyhounds Aggressive to Other Dogs?

Greyhounds are not normally aggressive to other dogs. That being said, every dog has their own temperament so you may encounter problems with your own dog. When other dogs are around, look for signs of aggression from your Greyhound like barking accompanied by growling, snarling, pulled-back ears, and remaining very rigid.

If you notice these signs, your Greyhound is being aggressive to the other dog and you should keep your distance. Bringing them near the other dog could lead to a fight which could lead to serious injury for one or both of the dogs. Give your Greyhound the “quiet” command, which you can learn about in the first section of this article.

Will My Greyhound Attack Other Dogs?

It’s possible your Greyhound will attack other dogs, though they tend to be docile. Pay attention to both your own dog and the other dog’s demeanor to determine if a fight is likely. Signs of aggression in dogs include growling while barking, pulled-back ears, rigidity, and snarling.

Most owners of Greyhounds find them to be very loving and easy-going, though they can have problems with other dogs that don’t give them their space. Be very careful when meeting new dogs and be ready to pull yours away at the first sign of aggression from either dog. It’s better to be on the safe side than to have regrets later.

I’m sure you’re fed up with your Greyhound not behaving, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Good luck with all of this, and we hope you found our article “How to Stop My Greyhound Barking at Other Dogs” helpful!