There’s a never-ending debate on whether smaller dogs bark more than bigger dogs.
Some pet owners argue that smaller dogs are attention seekers and bark more because they always feel ignored.
On the other hand, big dogs believe their physique commands attention and don’t have to yip yap to get it.
Which side are you on?
Poodles belong to the small dogs’ army, and their barking could be a point of concern.
Do poodles bark a lot?
Yes, Poodles bark a lot.
The poodles will bark continuously, even for flimsy reasons like wanting to play.
Other genuine reasons the Poodle bark uncontrollably include loneliness, strangers walking by, excitement, craving to exercise and an uncomfortable environment.
All dogs bark at some point; it’s how they communicate.
The difference lies in the frequency, tone and reason for barking.
Different dog breeds communicate differently.
In this article, we’ll explore how much the Poodles bark and how you can contain it.
Do Poodles Bark A lot?
Poodles are an intelligent breed, and they are also sensitive.
These two inclinations make poodles react oftenly and voice their concerns through barking.
Poodles bark a lot, especially if you don’t train them on how to react when they need to voice concerns.
Every bark from a Poodle is justifiable; they only back a lot because they are sensitive and are prompted to call for your attention.
Most dogs bark when scared or happy, which is not the case with poodles; they will bark over even the weirdest reasons, like loud noises.
Luckily since they are an intelligent breed, you can easily teach them how and when they need to react.
Why Would Poodles Bark a lot?
The reasons that would prompt a Poodle to bark uncontrollably are vast and unique.
Some of the common ones include:
Simply put, Poodles are not too good at goodbyes.
Due to their sensitivity, they get too attached to their owners that they suffer when left alone.
This prompts them to bark uncontrollably.
Separation for the Poodles is interpreted as abandonment and since they love effortlessly, showing dissatisfaction on this comes naturally.
You can, however, train your Poodle to get used to your absence by implementing the following:
- Position the Poodle’s house to face the outside so that they won’t feel helpless. One of the reasons they detest your absence is because they feel a sense of loneliness and neglect. Showing the world to them makes it easier as they feel like there is an exit route in the event of danger.
- Leave the music on. Music has a calming effect on the poodle. The dog feels the ambiance and relaxes. If you could play some soothing and relaxing music, the better.
- You need to train your poodle to trust you. For example, be gone for a few minutes, alert the dog on your way out, and alert when you’re back. The movement in and out creates trust, and the dog can adjust that even when you are gone, you’ll be back, and it will be fine.
Implementing these strategies will help the Poodle calm down and reduce barking.
Due to the attachment and unconditional love that the Poodle has for you, it tends to be overly protective before they can discern whether you are in danger or not.
Don’t punish the dogs if they show concern and bark uncontrollably because they saw you with a stranger.
Punishing will leave the Poodle wondering why, yet they were only being affectionate and protective.
To tame the Poodle’s barking when with strangers, give it the assurance that you are fine and the person is not a threat.
You’ll notice if you handle the Poodles lovingly, they will respond and lay low.
If you don’t want the Poodle to continue attacking strangers, you could teach the poodle to:
- Respond to your commands so that it obeys when you tell it to calm down.
- Distract the Poodle once they start barking. You could send it to the bed or fetch something; by the time she returns, the barking will have died down.
- Alert the stranger not to be harsh to the dog as it will make the barking even worse.
Poodles are a jolly breed and will get excited quite often, especially when you get home.
The solution can be quite uncomfortable because that calls for ignoring the dog when it barks after you arrive.
Gradually, the dog will get used to it and not bark unnecessarily.
Poodles are playful, and a long duration without activity causes them to get bored and bark uncontrollably.
To tackle this, buy the buddy some toys that will excite him anytime you are not around.
Tips on How to Contain Poodle Barking
Too much of a dog’s barking can be irritating, and since the Poodles are intelligent, you can train them, and the barking will be minimized.
Here are some tactics you can apply to reduce the barking:
- If the dog is barking for no apparent reason, ignore it and only reward when the dog is quiet
- If possible, remove the trigger that makes the dog bark uncontrollably
- Consistently reassure the Poodle of your presence, attention and affection
- Take the dog for walks where they get exposed to loud noises and more people traffic, so they don’t panic and bark a lot when guests visits.
- Train the dog to obey your commands. For example, use specific words such as “talk” and “stop” to make it easy for the dog to obey your commands to stop barking.
- Exercise the dog to remove the built-up excess energy, given that poodles are an energetic breed.
Poodles are a great breed to have as a pet.
The entire poodles family consists of the miniature, standard and toy poodles; whichever you choose among them, the barking frequency is the same.
How you handle their barking applies across the board.
Always reward good behavior for your dogs.
For example, if the dog has been barking for no reason, ignore the Poodle first and reward it with affection and attention once quiet.
You could also reward them with their favorite toy or meal.