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Are you now restricted to what you can watch on TV? Sick of dog adverts on the telly causing your dog to bark excessively? Is your TV unit scratched and chipped due to your little doggie paws running up and down the edge? Ralph regularly jumped and barked at the TV. We were told that if we got him neutered this would help calm him down. IT DIDN’T. If anything, he got worse. Knowing we were not alone with this problem, we searched the internet and found many different techniques to try. However, after several failed attempts, we came across 5 Near Perfect Ways to Stop Your Dog from Barking at the TV.
We used to love watching “For the Love of Dogs” with Paul O’Grady. That was 4 years ago. Since getting Ralph its been impossible to even try and watch it as once the kids are in bed, we need to make sure he doesn’t bark. Whether he thinks he is protecting us or just hates that there’s another dog ‘in the house’ he really thinks they can hear him. He definitely cannot hear us saying NO!
Over time this became so bad, he was frightening our 1 year old so we quickly needed to sort something out. We knew the trigger, we knew it didn’t matter what animal was on the telly, we just needed to know how to quickly control it.
After several attempts we came across the below 5 Near Perfect Ways to Stop Your Dog From Barking at the TV.
What Causes Your Dog to Bark at the TV?
Each dog has its own reasons for barking, some don’t bark at the TV at all. All are different and unique in their own right and understanding the triggers is key to stopping this problem. Animals suddenly appearing and moving on the TV screen is often a trigger point for dogs to suddenly become interested.
Generally, a dog will bark at the TV as he/she becomes excited or frustrated. Some dogs can do it as a defence mechanism to showcase who is boss (even though the dogs on theTV cannot hear the barking). Others bark out of fear or frustration. Any of these is frustrating for you as a dog owner when trying to watch your favourite TV shows.
Ralph just barks at the fact another animal is on the screen and he sees it as he is protecting us / defending us. Because it is excessive it becomes increasingly louder and seems more aggressive. He cannot hear us shouting him so in the end we have to pick him up and move him. Once Elliot started getting scared of this barking, we had to put a stop to it and find a suitable solution to making sure this doesn’t continue.
So, what did we do……
5 Ways to Stop Your Dog from Barking at the TV
- STOCK UP ON TREATS: Get plenty of your dogs favourite treats in your hand / pocket. The last thing you want to do is start the training and be unprepared then you will have a whole world of barking and panic on your hands.
- Find the perfect set of animal / dog videos (initially 5-10 minutes long) and play them on your TV. This will trigger your dogs bad behaviour. YouTube is full of high quality video’s that you can watch. You may have your favourite programme in mind that you can play clips from. Plus, this will prevent annoying ad breaks interrupting your training.
- Being armed and ready to go with your treats and your animal videos / documentaries, its time for the training to commence. Most people start with something that only triggers a small reaction however, we went straight in with a full barking explosion. At first, he was a little confused as he wanted a treat and he wanted to bark. So, he chose barking. He only entertained the treat when we turned off the video.Once we knew this was the case we had to try a different tactic. Showing the treat first and then playing the video whilst using ‘Stay!’ command really helped, albeit for a very short time.
- As with any dog training, treats are the most essential part to ensuring your dog follows your orders. Constant supply of treats will really help your dog know that they are behaving correctly by not barking. The more they stay sat with you, the more you give them a treat. Whilst they have the treats they are not too bothered by the animals on the TV. Keep an eye on your dog’s behaviour throughout because initially they will become agitated and want to do what they always do. After a minute or two turn off the video and reward them again.Keep repeating this every few hours trying to achieve a longer time on the videos. A 10 minute video is a great place to aim for as this is generally the time that there would be an ad break. Continuing to treat and reward your dog will help this process.Using your recognised commands, for us it was STAY and NO, will help your dog continue to understand what they need to do. If Ralph starts to growl then we will simply say NO. If he does let out a bark, we use STOP.
- Finally, you now need to put your training to the test. After several days, sometimes weeks, your dog should finally be ready to settle down. If you are wanting to watch one of your favourite programmes then it is still worth starting with a treat. Just so they identify this as part of being quiet when the TV is on. Eventually you won’t need to treat before or after, but it is not a bad habit to be in initially.To ensure that your dog gets the right level of training you need a lot of patience. These behaviours do not change over-night.Make sure you are checking in with your dog to ensure they still understand what they should be doing You want to make sure that they don’t forget what they have learned as the older your dog gets, the harder it becomes to train them.
Summary: Ways to Stop Your Dog from Barking at the TV
Overall unnecessary barking becomes stressful and irritating when it’s a continuous cycle. Training your dog, and finding your own ways to stop your dog from barking at the TV, correctly can be time consuming but overall extremely beneficial. Rewarding your dog with treats is always the best method to train them and stopping them from barking unnecessarily is no exception.
Many dog owners start with a slow build up of animal programmes such as birds. Then overtime build their way up too dogs / cats to help a slow training process. However you decide to train your dog, you need to have time, patience and above all else, BE CONSISTENT.
Dogs can get very excited and very barky extremely quickly. You cannot always have treats to hand but make sure they are not too far away.