Do Labradoodles bark a lot?
You need to know if you’re considering welcoming one of these famous pups into your family.
But what triggers excessive barking in Labradoodles? How can you manage that undesirable behavior in your pet?
In this guide, we answer those crucial questions to help you to decide whether one of these gorgeous dogs is the right choice for you.
Do Labradoodles Bark A Lot?
Even the calmest dog breeds are known to bark occasionally, but a dog that’s constantly yapping and woofing can be a real nuisance if you have near neighbors or if you work from home.
Labradoodles are communicative dogs, but they fall under the moderate barkers umbrella of canines. So, if your Doodle starts barking, that’s usually for a good reason.
That said, dogs are different, and some are more vocal than others. If you have a noisy Labradoodle, you’ll need to train him not to be so loud, especially at night.
What About Australian Labradoodles?
The genetic code is different between regular Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles. However, unwanted barking tendencies are essentially the same for both breeds.
Both breeds are hybrid, designer dogs that are highly social, and excessive barking is often a form of acting out caused by separation anxiety.
Why Labradoodles Bark – Triggers
Dogs don’t generally bark without good reason. If your dog never utters a single yap, that could be a concern.
So, why does your Labradoodle bark?
The most common reason for a Labradoodle to bark is to warn you if he senses an intruder approaching your home.
Labrador retrievers are loyal to their human guardians and make excellent working dogs and family pets. However, the reliable, trusty, friendly Lab is not the world’s most efficient guard dog! That said, Labs will bark when strangers approach your home or if the dog hears an unfamiliar noise at night.
Like their Labrador retriever parent, Labradoodles don’t make the greatest guard dogs, although they will alert you to anything untoward by barking.
Look At Me!
Labradoodles love fuss and attention from their human owners. If your dog feels that he’s being ignored or not given the time with you that he thinks he deserves, he might start acting out.
That behavior might manifest as chewing your stuff, stealing food, and excessive barking. Think about it. What’s the first thing you do when your dog barks? You go to find out what the problem is, right? And that’s precisely what your pet wants you to do. You’re reinforcing that behavior if you immediately react and go to your dog to see why he’s barking.
Barking is your furry friend’s way of getting your attention.
Barking For Joy!
Labradoodles can be excitable pups, and they will sometimes bark simply because they’re having fun or happy.
A common trigger for barking is when you arrive home from work, and your pet is delighted to see you, so he barks to express that. Sometimes, a game can be entertaining; your Doodle barks to tell you so.
Labradoodles that take after their Labrador retriever parent can be aloof and wary when meeting strangers.
If your dog feels that a new person might be a threat to you and your family, your protective pet might bark simply to warn the stranger to back off. Labradoodles have been known to randomly bark at strangers passing by in the street or even visiting family members that the dog doesn’t know well.
Senior Labradoodle Barking
Sometimes, an elderly or sick Labradoodle might start barking at night. Dogs suffering from canine dementia can become confused and unsettled in their formerly familiar home.
My senior dog had impaired vision and dementia, and she would often bark, seemingly at nothing, especially at night when her senses were even more bewildered. So, my dog’s night-time barking was not caused by a burglar but simply because she had a health issue that sometimes left her feeling confused and anxious.
Illness and Pain
If your Labradoodle is sick or in pain, he might bark, yap, or whine in response to that pain stimulus.
That can be especially true in cases where the dog suffers from arthritis and sudden movements cause shooting pains through the animal’s joints. So, if your Labradoodle starts developing barking habits that don’t make sense, have your vet check your pet over if some kind of physical stimulation or health issue is causing the bark response.
Labradoodles are bred from the Poodle and the Labrador retriever, both of which are working breeds. Both those breeds are intelligent, smart cookies, and your Labradoodle is too.
That intelligence is an excellent asset when it comes to training your pup. However, smart dogs need plenty of physical exercises and mental stimulation to keep them happy. A bored Labradoodle will probably resort to barking to get attention.
That’s often a problem with dogs left alone during the day while their human family is out at school or work. So, when crate training your Labradoodle, leave your pet with some interactive toys to keep him busy and stimulated while you’re not around.
Labradoodles are a highly social, friendly breed that loves human interaction and company.
When left alone in an unfamiliar place, your pet might begin to develop a condition called separation anxiety. One of the symptoms of separation anxiety is barking.
Suppose you think your Labradoodle is suffering from separation anxiety. You might need to consider hiring a pet sitter or dog walker or putting your pet in doggy daycare when you’re not around.
Labradoodles are sensitive to loud noises and flashes, especially fireworks and thunderstorms. So, on the 4th of July celebrations and during stormy weather, don’t be surprised if your Doodle kicks off with aggressive barking.
Fortunately, that behavior usually settles down, and peace is restored once the storm has passed or the fireworks parties have ended.
You might find that your Labradoodle utters the occasional yip or yap while he’s asleep. That phenomenon is usually accompanied by muscle twitches that make it appear like the dog is running in his sleep. Look closely, and you’ll notice that your dog goes through REM sleep patterns, too.
Instances of night-barking while dreaming are perfectly normal for most dogs, and the occasional yap is merely cute rather than annoying.
Barking In Labradoodle Puppies
Labradoodle puppies generally leave their mom and littermate when they reach eight weeks. That’s the starting point of the first of your pup’s two critical “fear factor” periods.
At that age, your puppy is instinctively programmed to experience heightened fear. Wild canids experience that fear factor as a means of identifying danger after one single incident. Once the animal has experienced that “single event learning” situation, he will know to avoid it in the future.
Your puppy will also experience new events during that period that he might find scary and trigger unwanted barking.
Once your puppy reaches 12 to 16 weeks, he enters the second “fear factor” period. During that time, your Labradoodle starts to test the limits of your authority and patience, and barking tends to increase at this time.
Throughout these two critical periods in your puppy’s life, it’s up to you to pursue the correct training strategies to shape your Labradoodle’s transition from an unruly puppy to a well-behaved adult.
Barking Labradoodle? Top Training Tips!
The best way to cure your Labradoodle’s unwanted barking is to train him not to exhibit that behavior in the first place!
With consistent mental training, it is possible to teach your pet to develop acceptable canine barking behaviors. In other words, your dog will learn to bark only when necessary. So, here’s a simple strategy that’s proven to work.
- Ignore The Barking!
If you can be sure that your Labradoodle’s behavior is for an unacceptable reason, such as attention-seeking barking, simply ignore it.
Now, I understand that’s easier said than done, especially if barking happens in a confined space. However, you can get excessive barking under control by using plenty of willpower on your behalf and a determined, positive attitude.
Don’t look at your dog while he’s barking. You mustn’t even acknowledge your pooch’s behavior. If you do, that immediately gets the pup what he wants, i.e., your attention, and effectively means that your Labradoodle is training you!
- Positive Reinforcement
Eventually, your Labradoodle will stop barking when he realizes he’s not getting the response he wants. As soon as that happens, make a big fuss about your dog and give him plenty of treats and praise.
- Stick With The Program!
To successfully train for barking tendencies, you must be consistent in your approach. If you fail to stick with the program, your Labradoodle will become confused, and you won’t solve the barking problem.
Gradually, you’ll notice that the barking episodes become shorter. Your naturally smart Doodle will quickly learn that the rules on barking mean your pet will get the attention he wants by not barking.
Tips and Tricks To Stop Unnecessary Barking
Here are a few additional ideas that can help to deal with unreasonable barking behaviors in your Labradoodle:
- Never scold your Labradoodle or shout at him for barking. Remember that barking is simply one way your dog can communicate with you. Physical punishment is a huge no-no. No matter how naughty or annoying your dog, never resort to hitting him. That can cause your dog to fear you, and he might even become aggressive.
- If you have to leave your Labradoodle alone for long periods, establish a routine so your dog knows what to expect and when. That can help to make your pet feel more secure.
- If your Labradoodle exhibits attention-seeking barking, ignore him until he is quiet and calm. Be consistent in your training methods for the best chance of success.
- Depending on the type of barking that your Labradoodle exhibits, changing his environment might help. For example, if your dog spends lots of time outside in your back garden where he can see strangers passing by in the street, that might trigger barking episodes. Simply relocating your dog to an area away from those triggers can often be effective.
- Teaching your dog a cue command, such as “Quiet!” can often work if paired with a familiar basic command, such as “Down” or “Sit.” Using that approach is often effective when dealing with dogs that exhibit territorial barking traits.
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Most dog breeds bark; that comes with the territory. However, Labradoodles are mild to moderate barkers, provided they are properly socialized as puppies. If you have a problem, barker, you need to work out what’s causing the problem and take appropriate action to break the cycle and reduce the barking.
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