Do you want to know why your cockapoo keeps barking? It’s easy. He has thousands of things he wants to tell you and emotions he wants to express, but all he’s got is his bark. Think about it; if you only had one word to convey everything and anything and that word was “banana” or maybe “jingles” you would have to find different ways of using it.
Well, that’s precisely what it’s like for your dog, which is why it’s so important you pay attention to his barks and start understanding what the different ones mean.
Let’s take a look at what your cockapoo is telling you when he barks and if hes got a barking problem, and answer the question do cockapoos bark and how to stop it.
Why do Cockapoos bark so much?
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In the following sections we will talk about the various reasons your dog barks a lot, and what you can do to help. It’s worth remembering that this cocker-spaniel poodle cross breed inherits the traits of both breeds – each being a friendly and loyal, yet active dog – so you might want to read up about the breed before you are enticed by a litter of gorgeous cockapoo puppies! If you have rescued an old cockapoo, and find it is barking excessively, we believe there is plenty in what follows below that can help.
If you have trouble with your cockapoo, and none of what follows is of help, you might want to look at time with a dog trainer. This can help with younger dogs – and especially where you are not an experienced owner – and many people have learned a great deal from those experienced in training dogs professionally.
Let’s get down to details and see what this increasingly popular dog breed is after when he starts to bark.
Your Cockapoo Wants Something
When your dog wants something, he does what’s affectionately called a “demand bark.” It could be because he wants his long overdue walk or his dinner. You’ll be able to recognise this bark not only by its sound but also when it happens.
It’s usually one bark or a few in succession. There are quite a few pauses in between, and you’ll notice that he’s looking at you or the thing he wants. Pay attention to the body language exhibited by the dog also, as you will recognise little movements, nuances and more that are akin to human expressions, and these can say a lot about what your dog wants.
In the case of the barking routine mentioned above, it is best, according to animal behaviourists to either ignore it or get up and walk away. This is because giving in to your dog (immediately) reinforces the behaviour and will encourage him to demand bark more.
However, once you get used to the dog’s routine – and it’s up to you, the dog owner, to help create one – you will begin to see that there is a pattern to his demands.
This is when you realise it is supper or walk time, then do what he’s “asking” after the second bark. Let him ask, and then give him the reward. This way you won’t have a pushy doggy in the house.
Your Cockapoo is Alarmed
An “alarm bark” is in response to something that’s startled your dog , like a knock at the door, or the doorbell ringing. If you’re looking to stop this type of barking, it’s best to divert your cockapoo’s attention with a toy or a quick walk outside. A tasty treat can also help in this instance, and it will soon become the norm that the dog, when startled, understands that all is well.
What you shouldn’t do is shout or yell your pup, as this only adds fuel to the fire and will get her even more excited. It’s easy to recognise an alarm bark because it occurs in a specific situation, one where they are perhaps not used to a certain noise or something has spooked him. Reward the dog for good behaviour rather than berating it otherwise, as this will be appreciated. Cockapoo’s do love to bark when the door goes, but don’t see them as a good guard dog as they will most likely lick your visitors and just want to say hello. Also, remember that not everyone wants to be smothered by your family pet, so that attention turning treat or toy will give your visitor some space!
Your Cockapoo is Anxious
With an anxious bark, the emotion might be the same as an alarm bark, but the context is usually different. An anxious bark could occur when you’re leaving the house for the day or during a walk and another dog approaches. It can also be associated with attention seeking, which is something a dog may well exhibit if you leave it alone for long periods of time.
It’s easy to confuse this kind of bark for aggression, but it’s more fear-based than anything else. If your cockapoo is barking while he’s lunging at something or someone, it’s because he’s afraid and wants you to keep “it” away. Aggression will have lunging, but there’ll be far more growling, sneering and raised hairs. This sort of behaviour can be alarming for the recipient, so make sure you have your dog under control in circumstances where this may occur which as a good dog owner you always will.
Your Cockapoo is Excited
Excited cockapoos will bark, and it could happen when you’re out on a walk and she sees another pooch, or you’ll hear it when dogs are playing or doing something they enjoy.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between an excited bark and an anxious one, but again, if you look at it in context, it’s easier to distinguish between the two. A wagging tail and lots of jumping up and down is excitement.
If your pup is barking and trying to get away from something, you know it’s anxiety. This breed can be a very high energy dog, so you need to ensure it is given plenty of opportunity for exercise and play.
Your Cockapoo Wants Attention
Sometimes your cockapoo barking means he just wants attention, and he barks to get it. He could also just be frustrated or bored. Attention seeking can be a problem if left untended, so you need to be certain you understand this side of your dog’s personality.
If you can’t see an apparent reason for your pup barking, it’s safe to assume he wants you. You may want to play with him or give the dog a cuddle, as it could be all he needs. Be sure to make eye contact with your dog as this gives him confidence and reassurance that you are there for him.
Over time, as you and your furry friend spend more time together, you’ll know exactly what his barks mean, and you’ll be able to respond accordingly.
Why is My Dog Barking at Night All of a Sudden?
What happens if your dog, who is mostly a good boy or girl, starts barking suddenly at night? This is more common than you may think and yes, it is extremely frustrating and, if we are honest, worrying. Even if your dog is not prone to barking for any of the reasons listed on this page during the day, if they start during the night, it still could be a sign of one of those reasons.
- They are Ill or in pain
- Suffering from separation anxiety
- Out of bad habit or boredom
- Heard noises outside/Alarmed and trying to warn you of perceived dangers/intruders
- Dementia or other old age-related health and mental issues
If your dog is a young puppy, it could be that they need the toilet, but if older, it is unlikely to be the cause for the barking, unless they have medical issues with their bladder
How Can You Stop Night time Barking?
The first thing you need to do if your dog has started barking at night without warning is to try and work out the root cause. Identifying the root cause of their barking will help you to determine the best course of action to stop it.
Dogs can become anxious at night when they are young, as they get used to the sounds and sights around them. They hear very well, so there is every reason to be concerned about what they may have heard that you have missed. The following checklist may help you in alleviating nighttime barking, which is – we should say – not unusual.
- Contact your vets to make sure there are no underlying conditions causing the night-time barking
- Check for disturbances outside or on your property. Close lids properly to stop attracting local wildlife.
- If there’s nothing wrong, avoid giving your canine buddy attention when you investigate at night and then head back to bed.
- Increase the intensity of their training and exercise. It could be that they are not getting enough mental stimulation and physical exercise during the daytime. Remember the old, but very apt, adage ‘a tired dog is a happy dog’
If we are to conclude, it’s to say that the cockapoo breed is popular because it is a friendly, loyal and enjoyable dog to have around the home, and an absolutely ideal family pet. Small enough to keep in a medium-sized or smaller home, yet with boundless energy, an amusing personality and – when done properly – an easy dog to train, you will enjoy your time with your cockapoo.
We hope our article has helped you understand the problem and given you useful advice regards dealing with the problem.