Why do dogs suddenly stop barking at anything

Help, my dog ​​is barking at the garden fence

Many dog ​​owners know the problem: the Dog barks at the garden fence. The riot can be triggered by people, other dogs or vehicles. As if out of nowhere, the dog suddenly races towards the fence and barks like crazy. Often he runs back and forth along the fence very persistently and barks until the trigger is really gone. Most owners have already tried to get the behavior under control. You have tried scolding or trying to catch the dog at the fence as quickly as possible or have tried to distract him with food or his favorite toy. However, in order to really get to the bottom of the problem, it is worth taking a closer look at it.

Why does the dog bark at the garden fence?

The fact is that dogs never do anything for no reason to do. In order to be able to put a stop to problematic or undesirable behavior, it makes sense to answer a question first: Why does this dog behave like this in this situation? There may be different answers to this depending on the dog. Let's take a look at the most common causes and possible solutions for barking at the garden fence together.

Reason 1: barking because genetics dictate it

There are dogs that have been created from the ground up a lot more barking are than their fellows. This may be due to their genetics. Dogs that for it bred barking to warn their people that something is happening out of order or should even drive away intruders in this way, tend to bark more intensely. They strike much more frequently and are more persistent than other dogs. Breeds that enjoy barking include, for example, Spitz, Samoyed, many herding dogs and also herd guard dogs.

What used to be very useful in rural areas, namely to signal by barking when strangers approached or predators sneaking up on the herd of cattle, is now in densely populated areas problematic. Whereas in the past someone would only pass by a homestead every now and then, the garden in the settlement is passed by someone all the time - sort of a Full-time job for a guard dog.

What can you do?

The genetic component of course we cannot influence it. If a dog is "programmed" to bark a lot and likes to bark, this stops Basic need that cannot be suppressed permanently. If it is tried anyway, further problems can arise. Therefore, it is best to collect information about the joy of barking before you buy the dog and to check whether this fits with your own ideas and the environment in which you live.

Of course, with good training, we can also make a difference in barking breeds. The earlier you start, the better. One way is to stop the barking below Signal control to put. So you teach your dog how to respond to a certain signal "give loud" to bark. In this way, your dog can exercise its need for barking in a controlled manner in places and times that you determine. Once your dog has enough opportunities to bark, it will be much easier to train him to bark where it doesn't fit and to let him do something else instead.

Reason 2 - barking out of insecurity or fear of a threat

Many dogs bark at the garden fence because they are in Concern are. From their point of view, the approach of strangers, dogs or vehicles is threatening. You are worried about her territory - the garden - or around themselves. Therefore they react freely according to the motto "attack is the best defense": they run and bark to drive away the threat as impressively as possible. And who would have thought it: they keep making the experience that it works really well and that the troublemakers actually disappear. One develops very quickly strategythat is implemented more and more enthusiastically. Here too ranting doesn't help. Either the dog interprets it as the participation of its human being, i.e. a mutual excitement and driving away. Or he becomes even more insecure as a result, in addition to the threat from outside, he is now also getting into trouble from his owner.

What can you do?

As the cause of the barking in this case one bad feeling When faced with certain stimuli, it makes most sense to change this feeling first. In the first step, you need something that your dog thinks is really, really great. It should be something that makes your dog feel extremely good. That can be very special and tasty feed such as boiled chicken hearts, liver sausage or small dried fish. Or a real one great toy. Use what is really great for your dog.

Then you start the training. It is best to secure your dog on a leash. This way, if the worst comes to the worst, you can prevent him from running to the fence. Hold one at the beginning if possible great distance to the fence or to the threatening stimuli. Your dog should be able to sense them, but not bark. From the moment the threatening stimulus appears to the moment it disappears again, your dog will now be given the really good food or will be kept busy with the great toys. If the trigger is gone, the food or toy also disappears. The aim is that the emergence of the "threat" no longer arouses concern, but rather the feeling that something really great is about to happen. Has the feeling of your dog positive changed, you can start working on alternative behavior. This could be coming to you or walking on a blanket. Choose that Alternative behaviorthat best suits you and your situation.

Reason 3 - barking out of boredom and fun

Some dogs bark at the garden fence because they just do nothing better to do to have. We humans often have the idea that it is nice for the dog to be outside in the garden and have fun. We'll open the patio door and send the dog out. "Have fun, go play nicely!" Everything that dogs really enjoy alone in the garden is usually not wanted: digging around the lawn, potting up plants or chewing on the garden hose. Then they look for others creative behavior alternativesthat are fun, counteract boredom and make you human again attention dedicates. Barking at the fence is often at the top of the list.

What can you do?

If your dog barks at the garden fence because of him boring is, offer him better Employment alternatives. Above all, of course, there are things that he can do with you, because that is the greatest thing for most dogs: Quality time with their humans. Play with your dog, practice tricks, make him look for food or toys, or just relax with him. But be with him together in the garden and show him that you can have fun without barking at the fence.

Of course, your dog should also learn for a while alone being in the garden without falling back into the old behavior. Again, you need an alternative behavior for this. What should your dog do instead of barking at the fence? Do you want him to come over and poke you to say someone just walked by the property outside? Should he go to his seat? Should he bring a toy? Choose an alternative behavior that suits both of you and train it first without distractions, so that you can then use it safely for the situation at the fence.

Outside of training - good management

So that your dog can no longer practice undesirable behavior until the training takes effect and it solidifies more and more, is a good one management important. This includes that your dog should not be alone in the garden anymore. A leash that your dog pulls with you when you are outside is also useful, as this allows you to catch and interrupt it more quickly. For some dogs it is enough if they are busy with something more important, for example a great chewing bone or looking for chunks of food on the lawn. Which management measures are suitable for you again depends very much on your individual situation.


It is often not so easy to see why a dog is behaving in a certain way. The different causes can mix and make it difficult to find the right approach in training or management. Therefore, it makes sense to seek advice from a positive working dog trainer who can support you root cause of barking can be recognized precisely and individually.

Kristina Ziemer-Falke is a certified dog trainer and behavioral advisor by the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Veterinarians and the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. In addition, she has a lot of additional training and focuses and is on the examination board of the Lower Saxony Veterinary Chamber for dog trainer certifications.
Together with her husband Jörg Ziemer, she founded the training center Ziemer & Falke, in which they have been training dog trainers all over Germany with a lot of passion, passion and competence and offering many further training offers for many years. Many also know Kristina as a successful author of specialist books for dog trainers and dog owners as well as from articles in popular dog magazines.

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