Why Does My Dog Hate When I Sing?

You just want to let you voice out, but every time that you do, your dog barks at your singing! Why do they react like that? Why do dogs bark when you sing? Is your singing too loud for dogs? What can you do to make things easier on them? How do you make your dog like your singing?

Well, worry no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog barking at your singing, and to actually enjoy it! Soon, you’ll be able to sing to your heart’s content. Keep reading below for our article “Why Does My Dog Hate When I Sing?”

How to Stop Dog Barking When You Sing?

Why Does My Dog Hate When I Sing?

To stop dog barking when you sing:

  1. To get your dog to be silent whenever they start to bark when you sing, teach them the “quiet” command.
  2. To do this, take your dog somewhere you know they’re going to bark such as the park with plenty of small treats.
  3. As soon as your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a positive, calm voice. If they listen to you and become silent while also focusing on you give them praise and a treat immediately.
  4. But if your dog keeps barking or soon resumes, then hide a treat in the palm of your hand.
  5. Place your hand right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to smell it even within your hand and will stop barking to investigate it.
  6. Once they’ve quit 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 paying you their attention, continue rewarding them with treats and praise.
  8. But if they again resume barking or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of placing a treat within your fist, placing it close to their nose, and waiting until they quit their barking and focus on you.
  9. Always be sure to pause until they’ve quit barking and are paying you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any treats or praise.
  10. This forms a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being silent and paying attention to you.
  11. With repetition, time, and patience, you should be able to get them to behave with solely the “quiet” command, and it will no longer be necessary to place your fist near their mouth.
  12. When your dog is responding well with only the command, then you can start lengthening the amount of time you pause before you give them any rewards.
  13. Start by pausing for about 1-2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to about 5 seconds, and so on.
  14. It won’t be long until it will no longer be necessary to reward your dog with praise and food, and they will become quiet and give you their attention solely by you giving the command.

This will get your dog to stop barking when you sing, but you’ll still need to do something about their misbehavior which was rooted in their underlying issues with anxiety and dominance. Not doing anything will just lead to your dog continuing to think that they are in charge and that they make the decisions, and things will only get worse for the both of you.

To properly cover 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 dog barks whenever you sing, they are without a doubt proving to you that they have no trust for you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t bark when you’re singing. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety or dominance-related misbehavior or disrespect. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so immediately.

Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these great things happen.

Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the worry and confusion that their anxiety and dominance problems are currently saddling their little shoulders with every moment of every day.

Sounds like a great thing, does it not?

“Sure, absolutely, but how am I supposed to do this?”

You should watch a tremendous free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact 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 easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these critical changes in your dog before things escalate any further.

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 Do Dogs Bark When You Sing?

Dogs bark when you sing because they are confused which makes them feel anxious and worried. Some dogs might like when you sing, but they’re more likely to howl in that case as a way of communicating and trying to join in.

But the only trouble really occurs when your dog howls or barks when you sing and then refuses to listen when you tell them to stop. When this happens, your dog is displaying dominance because they are showing that they feel they are allowed to do whatever they want, and your commands don’t matter.

While it may not seem like a major issue, it actually is a huge one. Left unchecked, your dog will be barking at many other times as well. You’ll soon find that your dog barks at the piano, barks at the guitar, and just barks at music of all kinds. If you love to sing and love to make music, you can surely see how this could very obnoxious very fast.

You need to address things now so that you can get your dog to stop barking on command by regaining their respect for you. To learn how to stop your dog barking when you sing while also teaching them to be obedient, go back to the first section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.

Is My Singing Too Loud for Dogs?

Your singing is not too loud for dogs. While they may get anxious because they’re confused and may even think you’re yelling out in pain, you’re unable to produce sounds loud enough to cause them actual pain or damage. A Fortissimo (loud) singer reaches about 80 decibels, while dogs do not experience damage until 140 decibels.

How Do I Make My Dog Like My Singing?

You make your dog like your singing by desensitizing them to it. Take things slowly and start by just singing a few words. Sit with your dog while doing so, and give them pets and a treat while you sing. Keep things short, and pause often to also give them praise.

When they’re doing well, you can lengthen the amount of time you sing. Continue to give them pets and treats, while pausing to give them praise. If your dog is acting anxious, don’t force things — end the session for the day. It will likely take at least a few weeks, so be patient. Regular, short sessions are more effective than long, individual ones, so plan on about 10 to 20 minutes a day.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to singing without your dog’s accompaniment, so I’ll let you get started now. Best wishes with all of this, and we hope you found our article “Why Does My Dog Hate When I Sing” helpful!