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Do Labradoodles Bark A Lot? [+ How to Stop Labradoodle Barking]

Labradoodles are quickly becoming a favorite dog breed for first-time owners. I have never met a dog quite like our Miniature Labradoodle Max. He is amazing!

Labradoodles are known to be relatively calm, composed, and super friendly. But Do Labradoodles bark a lot?

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Do Labradoodle bark a lot? How can we fix an excessive barking issue?

Thanks to its parents, the Labrador and Poodle, Labradoodles are the perfect combination of a canine that is loyal and smart and an ideal addition to your family.

But before you decide whether this breed would be the right fit for you and your family, you must get to know as much as you can about Labradoodles. As each dog breed is unique, understanding the personality, behavior, and habits – both good and bad – makes a lot of difference. 

Barking Habits of Labradoodles

Unless you live far from your neighbors, one of the main concerns about having a dog is its love for barking, regardless of the breed. 

Some dog breeds are excessive barkers. They bark at almost anything, which can cause grounds for complaints. It can also be frustrating for you, as the fur-parent, to constantly deal with a dog that excessively barks.

So do Labradoodles bark a lot? Labradoodles are very vocal and communicative canines. But this doesn’t mean that they woof a lot. In fact, they fall under the mild-barkers category. They usually bark for a reason

This breed is gentle, kind, and is among the highly socialized dogs. With correct training, their barking won’t be an issue for you or your neighbors.

Reasons for a Labradoodle to Bark

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A Red Labradoodle puppy sits on the grass.

All dog barks. It is part of being a dog. It is also one of their ways to tell you something. 

A dog that doesn’t bark is more concerning than one that does, even if it is too loud.

Asking your dog to not bark is like asking a person to stop talking. So within reason, it is perfectly fine for your Labradoodle to woof. You need to learn how to decipher what is causing the yapping. And identify whether it is within reason or something for you to worry about.

And again, since Labradoodles are medium barkers, knowing the common reasons for their dog shouting can come in handy. 

Attention-Grabbing Yapping 

Like you and all the rest of the creatures here on the planet, if you feel like you are being ignored or neglected, you will do something about it. If you have not spent much time with your Labradoodle, you will observe some of its behaviors that are aimed to get your attention. It might become annoyingly playful where it starts stealing your shoes. Your furbaby might even chew on some furniture. This is all because it is trying to tell you, “Hey Hooman, I’m right here! Come notice me!”

Along with these behavioral shifts is barking whenever you are within proximity. When your dog barks, your first reaction is to stop and find out what’s wrong. You even ask your dog, “Hey bud, what’s wrong?”

Your Labradoodle will then get this as instant attention and will start “acting out” more so that you are completely focused on your lonely canine. For your dog, it is a fix for being ignored.

The Case of Night Barking 

Labradoodles are not keen night barkers, which is good, but if they start becoming one, there might be some things triggering it.

Medical condition: Sick Labradoodles and the older ones suffering age related degeneration can eventually turn into night barkers. Like our elderly, when everything’s dark, they may get confused with their surroundings. Pair that with failing eyesight, and every shadow and rustle means Red Alert.  

Boredom alert: Like kids, sometimes it is hard to make your Labradoodle understand that when the clock strikes 10 PM, then it’s everybody’s bedtime – dog included. With no people to interact with, out of boredom, your naughty Labradoodle might start barking for no reason at all. (Are you walking and exercising your Labradoodle enough?)

Separation anxiety: This may be true for Labradoodles as well as any other kind of dog who is yet to become comfortable in your new home or Labradoodles who have been in an abusive home before. Labradoodles are very social and love a cuddle

Legit disturbances: If night-time barking has become a pattern, it’s time to consider that maybe some disturbances are happening outside that’s causing your Labradoodle to go into a yapping fit. This can be night critters, raccoons, or cats that are making a habit of visiting your home when night falls, or even some nefarious people outside. Don’t take your doggo’s night-barks too lightly. 

Fear of thunderstorms: Labradoodles are very sensitive to flashes and loud noises, and thunderstorms include both of these. Expect that during lightning and thunderstorms, your Labradoodle will feel scared and will have an unstoppable woofing episode. Dogs can also get nightmares.

Excitement to the Highest Level

This is barking for joy! It’s when your Labradoodle gets extremely excited! It may be because it hasn’t seen you for a while, or a buddy has come over, or there’s a new toy, then it’s time for some happy-yapping. Don’t worry. Once your best friend calms down, the barking will also stop.

Barking to Protect 

Your Labradoodle may protect you or it may be protecting itself from something that it feels is a threat. Barking is your loyal dog’s way of giving you a warning that something is not right or a warning to the danger to back off. Additionally, this breed also has a penchant for barking at people walking by. The overwhelming number of unknown faces may cause your dog to give a loud warning of its presence.

Hey, Unfamiliar Faces!

New faces of family, friends, and guests may warrant some unnecessary woofing from a Labradoodle. Initially, the unfamiliar faces are seen as risks to their human family, but after settling down and having seen that they are welcomed, your Labradoodle will calm down but may still be on high-alert. 

What Can You Do To Minimize Labradoodle Barking?

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A pure black Labradoodle chilling outside

Dogs are supposed to bark, so let them be. But excessive and unreasonable barking is something that certainly needs to be corrected. 

Here are things you can do to reduce your Labradoodle’s yapping and make it more understandable:

  • Provide plenty of different toys to keep your Labradoodle entertained and well-stimulated.
  • Leave some sounds on like some music or the TV.
  • You can leave some night light on for your dog.
  • Teach your dog to settle itself near the window so it can look around.
  • Involve your Labradoodle in early socialization.
  • Provide timely praises and even treats when your dog does something good.
  • Gradually expose your Labradoodle to loud noises. Recordings of thunderstorms playing in the background can be a good starter.
  • Assign a space specifically for your Labradoodle when it wants to be alone. 
  • Never approach or surprise your Labradoodle when it is eating.
  • Take the time to assure your doggo that there is nothing to be afraid of.

Easy Ways to Train Your Labradoodle Not to Bark

You can train your Labradoodle to develop good barking habits. In fact, with consistent effort, you can even have your Labradoodle bark only when necessary.

There are many methods that Labradoodle trainers and owners use, but below is a 3-step method that is known to help with too much barking. This may not be the top favorite because it involves ignoring your Labradoodle, but the method is proven to be effective.

Training Step 1 – Ignore Your Labradoodle’s Barking

If you know that the barking is without an acceptable reason, then decide to ignore it. Yes, even if you get frustrated and angry, turn a deaf ear and pretend that you do not hear anything.

Don’t even glance in the direction of your Labradoodle. Continue ignoring your dog even if it takes hours at a time. It will require some patience on your part (and having to harden your heart if you just can’t ignore your doggo’s woofs) but it is something you must-do if you wish to properly train your dog. 

Training Step 2 – Give Due Recognition

After a yapping episode, your Labradoodle will also get tired and will stop on its own. When this happens, give your dog all your attention.

As soon as it stops barking, it is time to give some treats and plenty of praise and cuddles.

Training Step 3 – Do the Cycle

Continuous reinforcement is essential. There should be no exemptions on your part to not do this religiously.

You will notice that the woofing episodes will start getting shorter. Since Labradoodles are naturally intelligent, they will pick up on the pattern that it gets to be the center of attention when it doesn’t bark unnecessarily and will soon dial down its bark-attacks. 

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A Black Labradoodle with brown furnishings (facial hair)

Additional Tips and Tricks for a Barking Labradoodle

Never show anger toward your dog for its barking. Again, barking is your dog’s way of talking, so it doesn’t deserve to be reciprocated with anger. And never physically punish your doggo for any reason! Showing anger toward your dog can lead to fear and even aggression in them.

Establish a routine for your Labradoodle. This will allow adequate enrichment and assurance to your furbaby when it is left alone.

If your Labradoodle is barking for attention, make sure that it doesn’t receive any attention until they are calm and quiet. This needs to be a consistent practice.

Place your Labradoodle in a more conducive environment where there’ll be fewer triggers. If your dog usually spends time in the yard facing the street where the unfamiliar passers-by can trigger a woofing episode, then try having your dog in the back of the house.

Teach the “bark and quiet” command to your dog. Or you can pair “quiet” with a settling command like “Sit” or “Down.”

Do Australian Labradoodle dogs bark alot?

There is a difference between a Labradoodle and the Australian Labradoodle breed. There is a whole extra type of genetics in there! The temperament and barking issues faced by both are similar though. So the simple steps to overcome a Labradoodle puppy that barks are the same for the Aussie Labradoodle.

Both are “designer dog” breeds (which really just means hybrid dogs).

Both are highly social so be mindful of acting out behavior or barking caused by separation anxiety. This trait is true of many Doodle dogs.

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A Red coat color Labradoodle puppy relaxing in bed

Final Labradoodle Barking Thoughts

Labradoodles are natural barkers, like all dogs, but they don’t make it a nuisance habit.

Most of the time, they bark within reason as it is also a means of serving their purpose as dogs. But when you observe that they seem to be yapping to draw attention or are developing an unwanted behavior, then make sure that you take the necessary actions to correct it.

Labradoodles are bright, so you can incorporate training to address their behavior. Overall, a Labradoodle dog makes an excellent pet, and their barking will almost always just be another thing you’ll adore them for!

Brief History of the Labradoodle

The story goes that the Labradoodle was first bred in Australia in 1989 to become a guide dog for a blind woman somewhere in Hawaii.

This woman’s husband had dog allergies, so the idea of cross-crossing a Poodle whose coat is known not to trigger any reaction with the Labrador, a breed well-known for its guiding capabilities, was born. 

Today, the Labradoodle doodle breed has made its mark with its adorable looks and reliable alertness. Used as companion animals and the occasional therapy dog – the Labradoodle temperament is famous. 

With its genetics coming from two of the most adored dogs (the Poodle parent and Labrador), you can’t go wrong with this mixed breed.

The Labradoodle’s Personality

Thanks to mom and dad, these intelligent and highly sociable furbabies are the least aggressive dogs that you can add to your family.

Known for being affectionate with humans as well as other pets, this playful breed prefers to be involved in all human activities. Not only do they love to play, but they are also good at handling responsibilities.

Similar to their parents, Labradoodles are full of energy. From doodle puppy to senior dog – they crave your attention and love being around you. They do suffer from separation anxiety. 

As excellent swimmers, you can count on these furballs ready to join you in some playful water fun.

Given that this is still a somewhat new breed, a Labradoodle pup doesn’t have a full script of its overall expected personality. Some puppies can be loud, while others are more reserved. The same can be said of the appearance of their coat. 

Some Labradoodles take more of their Poodle parent breed heritage while others their Labrador Retriever breed. Some Labradoodles require higher maintenance and are more prone to shedding. It all hangs on which side of the parent it is leaning toward. 

But overall, a Labradoodle is a kind and enthusiastic dog that can make your day better.

The Labradoodle’s Temperament

This dog breed is a running ball of energy, so they don’t belong cooped up inside apartments. They need a lot of physical and mental stimulation, so this dog is best for people who have enough space where they can freely run around. 

Aside from always being enthusiastic, Labradoodles also love jumping around. So you need to be extra watchful if your kids and Labradoodle are playing in the same area.