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Dogs barking and eating poop are two of the most common behavioral issues that dog owners regularly deal with.
As each dog has its own personality, one technique may not work for every dog. You also need to consider when, why, and where your dog is barking.
The recommended techniques depend on whether my dog keeps barking at night or during the day. It may bark at specific things such as strangers, cats, or other dogs. Whether it is outside or inside when the barking begins also impacts the method you use to get it to stop.
The following options include the most used and recommended solutions for correcting these bad behaviors.
How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking at Night
What should I do if my dog keeps barking at night? The first step in dealing with your dog’s barking is determining the trigger. You need to figure out why your dog is barking.
Dogs typically bark for one of several reasons. They are either excited, detect a threat, or require your attention.
Unless someone is breaking into your home or you have a late-night visitor, your dog is likely barking because it needs something. However, it is also possible that it spots a potential threat such as a squirrel or cat that it can see through the window.
To rule out the presence of outdoor animals, keep your dog in a room where it does not have access to the windows. If this is not an option, try closing the curtains. You can also place furniture in front of the windows to keep your dog from looking outside.
If your dog continues to bark at night, it may require something. When an animal demands attention, consider each of the following reasons:
- Your dog may need to go outside.
- Your dog may want to come inside.
- Your dog may want food or water.
- Your dog may want your company.
Your dog’s bark may be letting you know that it still needs to pee or poop. See if your dog needs to go outside.
If it is already outside, your dog may want to come in. For those who keep their dogs outdoors through the day and night, ensure that they have adequate shelter, food, and water.
Outdoor dogs may also bark at animals through the night. Consider placing a barrier near the shelter to block their view of the surrounding yard. This may keep them from spotting random cats, possums, and other animals roaming through your neighborhood.
Some dogs may bark when they need food or water. Whether your dog is indoors or outdoors, check its dishes.
Even after trying these methods, my dog keeps barking at night. After trying to determine the cause of the barking, if your dog continues to bark through the night, he or she may simply want your company.
Dogs are devoted to their owners and enjoy spending time around them. Try placing a dog bed near your bed or move its crate near your bedroom. When it is closer to you while you sleep, it may stop its barking.
How to Deal with Dogs That Bark During the Day.
Does it matter if my dog keeps barking at night or the day? Dealing with a dog that barks during the day may require different techniques as it may be barking for different reasons.
The most common reasons why dogs bark during the day include:
Consider these potential reasons for its barking as you try several different techniques. Some of these methods may also work for owners who still cannot get their dogs to stop barking at night.
Get Your Dog to Perform a Different Action.
When your dog starts barking, get it to do something else. This distraction forces it to perform a behavior that does not involve barking.
For example, when your dog starts barking, you can try playing fetch or performing a trick. Use a command that your dog understands, such as fetch, sit, or roll over.
Keep in mind that this and the other techniques will not change its behavior overnight. Repetition is needed to correct your dog’s actions. You may need to repeat these steps every day for several weeks before your dog stops barking.
Dealing with Dogs Barking at Passersby and Animals.
If distracting your dog does not work, you may need to address the specific cause of its barking. When dogs bark at people walking down the street, the mail carrier, or animals, try to remove the opportunity for barking.
As mentioned, you can try closing the curtains when it looks out the window and starts barking. If your dog is outside when it starts barking at strangers walking down the street, bring your dog inside. You may also try changing the behavior by using a command.
The goal is to distract it from the barking. When a dog barks at a stranger, the dog is waiting for some sort of recognition. By redirecting its energy, you teach your dog that barking does not result in a reward.
Dealing with Dogs Barking in Their Crates.
It can take a while for a dog to get used to being in a crate. It may bark through the night or bark all day when you are not at home.
The best method for dealing with this issue is to ignore the barking. The barking is your dog’s way of getting your attention.
Instead of obeying your dog, you should ignore it. This means avoiding all contact. Do not talk to your dog, yell at it, or even look in its direction. Wait for the barking to completely stop before giving your dog any attention.
When you place your dog in the crate, turn your back. Give your dog a treat when the barking stops and it may eventually learn that it gets a treat when it does not bark.
Each day that you practice this technique, increase the amount of time that you wait before giving your dog a treat. You may also try waiting for random amounts of time. With repetition, you teach your dog to be quiet inside the crate.
Dealing with Dogs Barking at Dogs and Visitors.
When you have a dog that barks at every dog that it sees, you need to get it used to other dogs. This is also true for dogs that bark at visitors. Your dog needs to become desensitized to the trigger.
One method of dealing with this type of barking requires you to enlist a friend to help you out. This technique works best outdoors, either in your yard or a park.
Have your friend stand far enough away that your dog does not bark or notice your friend. As your friend slowly approaches you and your dog, be ready with treats. When your dog notices your friend, begin feeding treats to your dog.
When your dog starts barking, stop feeding it treats and have your friend back away until the barking stops. Repeat these steps several times, having your friend approach while you feed treats to your dog and turn around when the barking starts.
By repeating this behavior, you slowly teach your dog that good things happen when your friend arrives. You may also repeat these steps while having a friend walk a dog if your dog tends to bark at other animals.
Teaching Your Dog to Bark on Command.
There is another technique that may help you deal with barking dogs. Some dog owners teach their pets the “quiet” command. However, this first requires you to teach your dog the “speak” command.
While it may seem illogical, you may find that you can command your dog to stop barking by first teaching it to bark on command.
As with any command, you should speak the command out loud and wait for your dog to respond. When your dog barks, give it a treat. Repeat this process until your dog barks every time that you say “speak”.
After your dog has mastered this command, introduce the “quiet” command. Ask your dog to speak and then say “quiet” while holding a treat. Each time that your dog successfully stops barking on command, it gets a treat.
You may eventually use the “quiet” command to get your dog to stop barking in any situation. However, you need to remember that this may take a while as you are teaching your dog two different commands.
How to Deal with Dogs That Eat Poop.
As with getting your dog to stop barking, you may get your dog to stop eating poop by determining why it is eating poop. Some dogs eat poop because their diet lacks the necessary nutrition. When it comes to kitty litter, your dog may eat it simply because it thinks that it tastes good.
If your dog tends to eat its own poop out in the yard, the best solution is to regularly clean up the poop. Your dog cannot eat poop if there is no poop to be found.
After cleaning the yard, your dog may still attempt to eat its own poop after every bowel movement. If it tries to eat it before you can get to it, it may be dealing with one of the following issues:
- Poor nutrition
When your dog’s diet lacks the nutrition that it needs, it will look for other food sources, including its own poop. This may be the result of inadequate dog food or the presence of worms. You can try gradually changing your dog’s food by introducing a new food product.
Instead of instantly replacing the food, mix a little bit of the new food in with the old food. Use less of the old food and more of the new food for a gradual transition.
If your dog continues to search for poop, it may have worms. Take your dog to the vet to get tested.
Stress may also cause a dog to act unusually. Eating poop may simply be a symptom of the stress. If you recently adopted your dog or if it experienced a traumatic event, give your dog time and see if the behavior goes away on its own.
Another method of stopping the poop eating is to introduce food that will make the stool taste gross. Adding a spoonful of spinach or canned pumpkin to its food may change the consistency and taste of the poop, making it unappealing to your dog.
If your dog tends to eat cat poop, make sure that you clean the litter box regularly. If the litter box does not contain any special treats, your dog may start to ignore it.
You can also place the kitty litter in a location that your dog cannot reach. Cats are a lot more agile compared to dogs. It is not hard to place an obstacle near the kitty litter to keep the dogs out while still allowing the cats to reach it.
Final Tips on Dealing with Dogs That Bark or Eat Poop.
What should I do if my dog keeps barking at night or eating poop? These are two common issues. However, dealing with these issues is not always easy.
Remember to consider what your dog is barking at to determine which technique should be used to correct the behavior.
While some of the methods discussed work best for dealing with specific issues, they may be used interchangeably. For example, you should try ignoring a dog barking in a crate. This same technique may also work for dogs that bark at strangers.
When using these techniques, you should also remember to be patient. Your dog may not suddenly change its behavior in a single day. For most breeds, it takes several weeks of repetition.
Avoid yelling at your dog to be quiet. Your yelling feels as if you are barking with it and may encourage it to continue barking.
In the end, dogs mostly just want to please their owners. If you stick with your training, you should eventually correct any bad behavior, including eating poop or barking through the night.