How do I to stop my dog from barking at animals on TV?

asked 2015-08-26 10:17:43 -0500

My dog will bark at pretty much any animal she sees or hears on the TV. I've tried spraying with a water bottle, shock collar :( , positive treats, etc. She'll only stop once i get up from where i am in an angry way, telling her to stop. She's almost 3 years old and this NEEDS to stop. HELP!

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How do I stop my pug to stop barking at the tv I try everything and it's not working

Amanda N.'s profile image Amanda N.  ( 2016-05-08 20:30:36 -0500 ) edit

Help I have the same problem. I have a 3 year old pitbull who barks at every animal even the animated or cartoon animals. As soon as he see it he wants to run outside. At first it was cute but now I can't even watch tv in peace.

Tara L.'s profile image Tara L.  ( 2016-07-31 19:49:06 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-11-27 23:10:48 -0500

The "treat the trigger" method outlined in this article has always worked for my clients: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-to-Keep-a-Dog-From-Barking-at-the-TV (https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-to-Ke...)

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answered 2015-08-26 23:09:13 -0500

Hi Yasmin!

When your dog reacts to animals on the screen in the same way she would in real life, TV watching can quickly get frustrating. Behaviors like barking and growling can intensify over time, making it difficult to watch television with your dog unless remedial training is done.

One of the easiest options for you to get some relief is to keep your dog busy while your watching your shows. Give your dog food puzzle toys to gnaw on, such as a frozen Kong, or a long-lasting chew. Keeping your dog occupied with something productive can turn his focus from watching TV to acquiring food!

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Yes, i have tried that but she does not care for it. She does not like the idea of unknown animals in the house AT all. :(

Yasmin D.'s profile image Yasmin D.  ( 2015-08-27 09:10:19 -0500 ) edit

We have tried keeping our dog busy with food puzzles when a dog is on but lately they are on every commercial for every show and their are enough treets to keep up with it. Any other suggestions.

Joe S.'s profile image Joe S.  ( 2018-07-25 16:01:05 -0500 ) edit
answered 2015-08-26 15:29:25 -0500

hahahaha, sorry to laugh but my little ones do this whenever I'm playing Skyrim and battling a dragon. They just lose it over the dragon and are determined to help slay it.

(I should note, I'm less upset than hysterically amused when this happens. They're good protectors.)

I haven't come up with a solution to the problem myself, but interested in any other ideas submitted to this thread.

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Lol If my dog had a cute bark I might laugh too, but it's loud and irritating. :(

Yasmin D.'s profile image Yasmin D.  ( 2015-08-27 09:15:01 -0500 ) edit
answered 2015-08-26 23:27:32 -0500

I've worked with one of my guest dogs (he's practically my third dog at this point) on not barking, and the best success I've had is 1) distract him before he is able to react to prevent him from reacting in the first place, and 2) catch him at moments where he's hesitating and encourage the correct choice. In his case, he runs to the window/porch and barks when people/dogs pass by - he's the friendliest thing on the planet, but he's big and loud and my porch is right at head height to people outside, so I don't want him startling people. If I hear something before he's reacted, I can get his attention on me and start happily talking to him to distract him from barking. So long as he keeps his attention on me and doesn't run to the porch and bark I keep telling him what a good dog he is and petting him. I just talk to him in a voice that lets him know I'm happy with how he's behaving. If he's already run to the porch and barked, I'll wait until he's I see that instant where he's considering "am I done now or should I bark more?" and I catch his attention and remind him to make a good choice (a cue like "quiet" or "no bark" here would be good), then start praising heavily and distracting him from the trigger to prevent him from choosing to bark again. If I can't get one of those moments because he's just too excited, I'll go over and quietly lead him away until I can get his attention on me, then start the praise so long as he stays quiet. If you're making noise over your dog to try and get him to stop, you're just contributing to the barking, like how if one dog starts barking, the others on the block join in. And if you're yelling at your dog (or spraying him or shocking him), that just tells your dog that when the trigger appears, bad things happen to him, likely increasing his reaction in the future.

In your instance, you can try to head off the issue in the first place by using your TV time as a quiet time for your dog by providing him with puzzle toys, tasty chews, bones, or other special goodies that he only gets during TV time while he's in his kennel or in a different room. You might also try training him so that the animals on TV are a cue that something cool will happen, like getting fancy treats or having a toy thrown for him. If you give him something else to do when he sees animals on TV that is rewarding for him, you can channel that frustration into something positive. The Watch the World game can assist... (more)

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It's not like I yell at her, though, I just get up, position myself over her, and say NO. It's pretty much the only thing that works. I've also tried the distraction and encouragement thing. Works for a little bit but once the animal makes noise.. Well you know what happens after that.

Yasmin D.'s profile image Yasmin D.  ( 2015-08-27 09:13:54 -0500 ) edit

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