How Often do Poodles Bark?

Barking is a major factor in many people’s decision-making process for dogs. Unfortunately, barking dogs are not good in most situations. So, to avoid this, I will delve into poodles and their barking habits.

Poodles are considered to be moderate barkers. They do not bark for no reason. However, poodles may bark fairly often according to different triggers. However, poodles are highly intelligent and can be easily trained not to bark.

Although poodles are not perfect, there are ways to fix their barking habits. To help you and your poodle with barking, I will explain how to train your poodle not to bark.

Poodles’ Barking Habits

There are seemingly endless things that are great about poodles. Poodles are simply wonderful dogs to have in your home.

However, the largest issue that people have with poodles is the dog’s tendency to bark. Poodles bark somewhat often. When there is no training done to prevent barking, you will hear your poodle speaking often.

Poodles are simply very vocal dogs.

When there is no training done to prevent barking, you will hear your poodle speaking often.

However, poodles only bark for a reason. Although it may seem like there is nothing to be barking about, there is almost always something that triggers a yappy poodle.

And, luckily, poodles are extremely intelligent. This means that although poodles bark often, you can train poodles not to bark fairly easily.

There are three common types of poodles:

  • Standard Poodles
  • Miniature Poodles
  • Toy Poodles

These three types of poodles are all based on their size, with the standard poodle being the largest and the toy poodle being the smallest.

HeightWeight
Toy PoodleUp to 10 in.5-10 lbs.
Mini Poodle10-15 in.15-20 lbs.
Standard PoodleOver 15 in.40-60 lbs.

With the reputation the smaller dogs have towards barking, most people assume the toy poodles and mini poodles are the ones with the largest issues of barking and poodles.

However, despite the differences within sizes, each type of poodle has the same tendency to bark.

If you have been around each of these types of poodles, you would know that they each have the same desire to bark at certain things and situations. Size is not a variable in barking.

That is not to say that within dog breeds, size is not a factor in barking. The reputation is true that often small dogs are the ones that will dog the most barking.

However, because each poodle type is within the same dog breed, the size does not change anything. So, if you are looking to base your poodle type decision making on the barking habits, you are out of luck. Each poodle is equal in this regard.

Why Poodles Bark and What to do About it

As I have mentioned previously, there is a purpose for poodles barking.

Poodles are not barking because they just want to have a chat. There are direct sounds, sights, and actions that trigger a poodle to bark.

The most common reasons for poodles barking are:

  • Being left alone
  • Thunderstorms (loud noises)
  • People walking by
  • To protect you
  • To protect their-self
  • Boredom
  • Guests coming in
  • Excitement

These are all very reasonable reasons to bark. Poodles are very sensitive and emotional. Every bark is a reaction to one of these things. And yet, most people do not want a barking dog.

So, what can you do?

There are some easy fixes that will work for each of these reasons to bark.

ReasonDescriptionSolution
Being left alonePoodles have high
separation anxiety. So,
when left alone, it is
common for a poodle
to begin barking.
– Leave some calming
sounds on
– Place poodle by a
window to look around
– Leave a light on
ThunderstormsPoodles have high
sensitivity to loud noises
and flashes. Because of
this sensitivity, poodles
often have trouble in
thunderstorms.
– Slowly expose your
poodle to loud noises.
– Play thunderstorm
recording softly at first
and then slowly turn
the volume up.
People walking byOften, poodles will bark
at people passing by
simply as a warning.
The poodle wants to
announce he/she hears
possible danger.
– Socialization is
important for this.
Slowly get the poodle
used to this situation.
To protect youPoodles are extremely
attached and protective.
This means that poodles
are very likely to bark
in order to protect you.
– Simply show your
poodle there is no
danger.
– Talk to your
poodle and give lots
of pets of assurance.
To protect themselvesBarking for protection
often occurs when a
poodle’s territory is
being invaded. This
especially relates to
the food and water dish.
– Make sure your poodle
has their own area
away from others to
eat, etc.
– Don’t approach
him/ her while eating.
BoredomIf poodles are not given
anything to get their
energy out, they will
become bored. They
will bark simply
because they have
nothing else to do.
– The solution to this is
simple. Give your
poodle a toy, or many
toys. Or, you can
always play fetch, etc.
Guests coming in
They are unfamiliar
with the people and
not used to other people
in their space.
– Socialization is the key
solution here.
– Make
sure you praise when
they do something
right like not
barking.
ExcitementPoodles are easily
excited. Especially when
they see their loved
owner, poodles will
begin to bark from
excitement.
– The best solution is to
ignore your poodle
barking. When, you
come in, do not give
your poodle attention
until he/ she has
settled down.

These are all perfectly reasonable reasons for your poodle to bark. And, the solutions are fairly simple. It does not take a lot of work to stop your poodle from barking in the moment.

However, you will need to be aware of what is causing your poodle to bark.

You simply have to look out for what is around and listen. It should not be too difficult to understand what is making your poodle bark. Once you’ve discovered by your poodle is barking, you can easily fix the behavior.

However, many of these solutions are simply targeted at one reason for barking.

Training a Poodle Not to Bark

As a poodle owner, it is important that you focus on training your poodle not to bark. This will take a consistent effort. But, it will be worth it when you have a well behaved, non-barking poodle.

There are a few approaches that people take in training a poodle not to bark.

One method that is very common is to train your poodle to follow the “speak” command. Whenever your poodle barks, you give him/her the “speak” command and a treat. Eventually you will be able to give the command, and your poodle will bark.

Focus on training your poodle not to bark. This will take a consistent effort. But, it will be worth it when you have a well behaved, non-barking poodle.

Then, you can start to teach your poodle the “quiet” command. After giving the speak command, you can give the quiet command. Once your poodle has stopped barking, you praise and give a treat.

Personally, this is not my favorite method of training because you have to first praise your dog for barking, just to switch. It may be confusing.

Although many people are fans of this method of bark training, I will give more details about the method of training that I like the best.

1. Ignore Barking

Whenever you poodle barks, simply ignore them.

Do not so much as glance their way while they are barking. Continue ignoring for the entirety of their barking, no matter how long he/ she barks for.

2. Reward Poodle for Being Quiet

Once your poodle has cooled down and stopped barking, then you can break and give your poodle all the attention.

When they are quiet, you can give them treats, pets, and praises.

3. Repeat

Continue using this method.

As you repetitively ignore your poodle’s barking and give him/ her attention for being quiet, he/ she will notice.

This method works so well because poodles just love your attention. And, especially while they are barking, they want to be heard. So, when they discover that they are more noticed when they are quiet, they won’t bark in order to receive attention.

It is important in this method of training to not punish barking.

Simply ignoring your poodle’s barking will do more than punishing your poodle for barking. This is because the love to have your attention. So, even while you are yelling at him/ her, it will be seen as attention.

Remember:

In the end, poodles have a natural tendency to bark.

Without good training, poodles will bark. But, poodles are also intelligent and able to pick up on training. So, barking is preventable and you can have a poodle with good barking manners.

Marryn Jenkins

I am a long time pet lover. There has always been a soft spot in my heart for dogs. Although I have owned many dog breeds in my lifetime, poodles have become my favorite. I have a standard poodle, Sally, and a miniature poodle, Luna. With my experience owning poodles, I am here to help you learn all about this wonderful dog breed.

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