How to Stop Your Dog from Barking at the TV: Stop Dog Barking 101 (Early access for our Patreon community)

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Best Way to Stop a Dog from Barking at the TV

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Top Tips to Stop Your Dog Barking at the TV

Does your dog bark at the TV? I’ve known dogs who know specific commercials and get all worked up waiting for maybe the squirrel to show in the scene. Some dogs go completely bonkers over the TV. This behavior can be frustrating for dog parents, but don’t worry, you can work on a training plan to slowly desensitize your dog to the TV. I will teach you how to stop your dog from barking at the TV and teach them to stay calm.

Why Does My Dog Bark at the TV?

There are a few reasons why dogs bark at the TV:

  • Territorial instincts: They see the moving images as a potential threat and bark to warn them off.
  • Excitement: The fast movements and sounds on the TV can trigger excitement and barking.
  • Frustration: They may be frustrated because they can’t interact with what they see on the screen.

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How to Train Your Dog Not to Bark at the TV

  • Live TV presents challenges: When training your dog to be calm around the TV, live TV can be unpredictable. There’s no guarantee of what will show up next, making it difficult to control the exact stimuli your dog is exposed to.
  • Recordings and clips offer control: By using recordings or clips you find online or create yourself, you can manage exactly what your dog sees and hears during training. Search for videos with titles like Dogs Barking on TV or Squirrels on TV, whatever your dog’s challenge.
    • You can replay the same clip over and over, allowing your dog to become familiar with the trigger in a controlled setting.
  • Desensitize Your Dog: Gradually expose your dog to sights and sounds from the TV at a low volume. Reward them with treats for staying calm.
  • Use High-Value Treats: Make the treats irresistible so they have something more exciting to focus on than the TV.
  • Be Consistent: Everyone interacting with the dog needs to follow the training plan.
  • Start with Short Sessions: Keep training sessions short and positive, gradually increasing the difficulty as your dog makes progress.
  • Prevent the Behavior: If you know your dog barks at certain commercials, mute or change the channel during those times.

Additional Tips

  • Don’t yell at your dog when they bark at the TV. This can make them more anxious.
  • Leave the TV off when you’re not home to avoid unwanted barking.

It’s going to take some time and dedication, but trust me, the peace and quiet will be worth it. By following these steps, you can teach your dog to be calm around the TV and enjoy some screen time together.

Your questions or comments are welcome below.

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How to Stop Your Dog from Barking at the TV: Stop Dog Barking 101 (Early access for our Patreon community)