Barking is a completely natural thing for our puppies to do. Goldendoodles are an amazing Poodle crossbreed, but they are not perfect.
They bark! Even gorgeous miniature teacup goldendoodles bark.
It is unreasonable to expect a Goldendoodle puppy to never to bark.
Excessive barking is a negative behaviour trait. You need to intervene and train your Goldendoodle
Learn more and take steps to prevent this problem.
Do All Goldendoodles bark?
Not all Goldendoodles bark, but many do. Some only bark when they are in public due to excitement. Others bark all the time.
There is no predisposition to the breed, it varies dog to dog. Almost all of the long list of Poodle mix breeds can experience problem barking.
Causes of Goldendoodle Barking
Let’s first look at some common causes of your Goldendoodles barking to help us first understand why they do it.
If you understand why a puppy is barking then you can make a plan to prevent barking.
The most common causes of excessive barking according to the RSPCA (Australian Animal Society) are:
Barking Trigger One: Territory
Almost all owners agree that our Goldendoodles are super intelligent.
Like most smart breeds Groodles are territorial. It’s just their nature.
They can become very territorial if something or someone strays into their space. Goldendoodles want to protect their area, and also protect you.
Barking is a dogs first defence against potential intruders. An increase in barking can be expected if they feel their security is being compromised.
Barking Trigger Two: Fear
If your Goldendoodle feels threatened then they may bark in an attempt to ward off danger (and protect you!)
It could be a reaction to loud noises.
- Fireworks and motorbikes
- Noisy children
- Simply a strange, uncertain new situation
- Airplane noise
- Garbage trucks or delivery drivers
Barking Trigger Three: Attention Seeking
Most dogs love attention. Family friendly and socially relaxed Goldendoodles are no exception.
A Goldendoodle Barking is an easy way to get attention.
Remember though that not all barking is bad! An attempt by your Groodle puppy to attract attention can be for legitimate reasons. This might be alerting you that they need the toilet or that their dinner is (hopefully not over) due!
If the dog is in pain from an infection, sunburn or is having indigestion – your dog may bark. A Goldendoodle that is licking its paws excessively AND barking might have ticks, parasites or paw infections.
Barking Trigger Four: Separation Anxiety
Intelligent and social dog breeds such as Goldendoodles are prone to suffer from separation anxiety.
Extensive separation anxiety can have a negative impact on your dogs mental health.
Feelings of anxiety due to separation from the owner is a common cause of excessive barking.
You may also see other negative behaviours such as aggressive chewing or paw biting in puppies experiencing separation anxiety.
Barking Trigger Five: Health Issues
Pain or feelings of discomfort arising from various health or medical issues can cause a dog to bark or whine.
Check your Goldendoodle for any painful areas that cause a reaction if touched.
Be mindful of other signs such as limping or constant scratching, or paw licking.
Identify health issues early as persistent niggling health problems can cause excessive barking.
Barking General Six: General Loneliness
Although domesticated, dogs are still natural pack animals and can suffer if left alone.
Goldendoodles need proper physical or mental stimulation.
Anxiety, stress and barking can happen in dogs that feel neglected.
If you need to leave your Goldendoodle at home while you work, consider early morning play and exercise. Freeze a Kong or make some puzzle toys and mental enrichment activities for your dog. Here is a list of 35 indoor dog games and activities that you can keep your dog entertained for hours.
How to Stop Goldendoodle Barking
So what are some things we can do to limit your Goldendoodles barking?
There are proven methods that help resolve the most common causes of barking.
1. Barking Strategy ONE: Create A Quiet Zone
Does your Goldendoodle bark and get stressed when you leave the house? This can be a sign of separation anxiety. Dogs like Goldendoodle and Labradoodles are predominately indoor dogs.
Try setting up a doggy quiet zone.
This needs to be somewhere safe, relaxed and away from the front door.
- A baby gate that prevents access to areas that trigger the anxiety (for example the front door).
- A TV or radio to provide background noise to give them something to focus on. You could also try something like a white noise machine or phone app which can be effective and very satisfying for your dog.
- A treat dispenser toy or puzzle filled with treats with the purpose of keeping them entertained and busy. You can find these in all good pet stores and they’re great to give to your dog when they need distracting as you exit the house! Our list of 35 indoor dog activities also has some DIY options you can make.
2. Barking Strategy TWO: Sight Barriers
Try blocking your dogs direct line of sight to the obvious barking triggers such as the front door or living room window.
A Goldendoodles natural instinct is to protect his territory at all costs from threats. Even though Goldendoodles are friendly and good with kids, they are alert to intruders and change. They might lick the intruder, but will at least alert you to their presence!
So blocking the view of the postman or delivery driver can really help keep your puppy calm.
Try closing the blinds or pulling the curtains to cut off the direct view.
3. Barking Strategy THREE: Lots of Exercise
Always make sure your Goldendoodle is getting lots of physical and mental exercise throughout the day.
No matter what your circumstances are, that the dog gets walks every day. Exercise is important.
Like other Poodle mixes like Bernedoodles, Goldendoodle dogs have bundles of energy.
Excess energy can potentially cause negative behaviour. These are most commonly barking and chewing.
It’s getting easier and easier to find a reputable, trusted dog walking service. Check your local community social media for reliable friendly dog walkers.
If you don’t think you’ll be home in time then get someone else to do it for you!
Hit up friends or family and see if they’ll be happy to take your furry friend out for a walk while you are busy. Goldendoodles are super cute, and people love dogs. You will likely not need to twist their arm too much to get an occasional dog walk.
Another tip is to try using energetic games such as fetch and tug of war early every morning. Tire your Goldendoodle out! Remember that mental enrichment games are a great way to tire our your Goldendoodle.
A tired Goldendoodle is very different than a lethargic Goldendoodle, learn the causes of lethargy and when you should be worried.
4.Barking Strategy FOUR: Barking? Ignore it!
Don’t give your Goldendoodle any attention whilst in the throes of Goldendoodle barking.
Your attention is essentially a reward.
So do the opposite….turn away, ignore your barking Puppy and don’t say a thing. Consider even standing up and leaving the room. Close a door and create a physical barrier between you. Return only when the barking stops,
Be patient and reward your Goldendoodle with a treat ONLY when he stops barking completely.
This takes endurance on your behalf. If you dog is a stubborn barker you will feel like a human Yo-Yo before the training kicks in!
Goldendoodles are very intelligent and can often pick this up super quick. If it is a battle, you Puppy is still intelligent. Just stubborn. Stick with it!
Barking Prevention Methods to AVOID
So far we’ve discussed a few methods to help prevent your Goldendoodle barking but which methods should we avoid?
- Spanking your dog or using devices such as electric shock collars. These methods cause pain, are unpleasant and can lead to a further anxiety in your dog. Try more positive reinforcement methods such as those previously discussed.
- Shouting at your dog. This can be bad for a dog already in a difficult emotional, stressful situation. Shouting may actually worsen this negative behaviour and in most cases doing so will not help improve your dog’s behaviour.
- Try positive reinforcement methods to build a bond and understanding with your dog so that you don’t have the urge to raise your voice.
- Allowing your dog bark excessively. This can cause a real nuisance to not only you and the family but also to neighbours.
- Nip any issues like this in the bud and take action to curb your pooch’s excessive barking using some of the methods above.
- Contact a canine behaviour specialist or professional dog trainer if you feel you need further guidance.
Barking Goldendoodle Conclusion
Remember, training should always be a positive experience for you both so don’t get stressed if your Goldendoodle doesn’t pick it up immediately!
All dogs learn at different speeds so just focus on gradual progress towards the goals you have set.
More exercise or dog park play is NEVER a bad thing. A tired dog is a happy dog, and is less likely to bark.
Mental enrichment is important, keep your dog busy with frozen toys like Kong’s, or indoor puzzles and dog games.
Positive reinforcement training can also be a really great way to build a bond with your Goldendoodle. Try to have fun in the process and succeed as a team!
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