When deciding on a breed of dog, there are lots of things you must consider. Will he need much exercise, what will he eat, and top of the list will he bark much? Some breeds are known for their barking, but the truth is, any dog can develop a barking habit.
Generally speaking, Whoodles are not excessive barkers. They are a very friendly breed, and love meeting new people and other dogs. They are also considered to be a very friendly breed, so they are less likely to bark at strangers or other dogs than some breeds.
There are obviously exceptions, and some Whoodles can develop a bad barking habit, especially those that are left alone a lot. Whoodles can also bark if they don’t get enough exercise or if they are bored.
Do Whoodles Bark A Lot?
No, a Whoodle should not bark any more than any other breed.
All dogs bark, and they always have a reason for doing so. If you’re trying to stop your dog from barking too much, you need to figure out what exactly is triggering the barking.
The Whoodle is a crossbreed that comes from a Poodle and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Both have a reputation of being excessive barkers, a reputation that is wholly unjustified.
When it comes to trying to decode the reason why your dog is barking excessively, you need to figure out what is triggering the barking in the first place.
When it comes to Whoodles, they love to get lots of attention and to be included in family activities. Just like any dog, they don’t do well on their own for extended periods of time.
If you are thinking of getting a Whoodle as a family pet, then make sure you can give him lots of attention, exercise and socialisation. The number one way to prevent excessive barking in any breed is plenty of socialisation and training from an early age. This will teach your dog how to react in new and scary situations, and will teach him whats acceptable behavior when in your home.
It will also help to prevent all sorts of excessive barking problems such as barking to protect you or himself, barking when he’s over excited, barking at strangers or dogs he doesn’t know.
Why is your Whoodle Puppy (or any dog) Barking a lot?
If you’re trying to figure out why your Whoodle (or any other dog) is barking too much, then you need to start thinking like your dog!
Dogs use their senses differently to us. They have a heightened sense of smell and hearing. They react to physical cues differently, they even have a different view of the world and how they fit into it.
You may think that your dog is barking unnecessarily, but if he can hear something he doesn’t like, or you haven’t taught him how to behave, then in his head he’s wholly justified in doing so.
Start by looking at your dog’s immediate environment and what he gets up to on a daily basis.
Look for any patterns in his behavior, can you predict the barking episodes before they start? Does it always occur inside the house, or when you are out walking?
To help, here are a few common reasons why Whoodles (and dogs) often bark.
1. Separation Anxiety
One of the biggest causes of undue barking is anxiety and loneliness. Separation anxiety is caused by your dog not coping well with being left alone for long periods of time. Most dogs don’t do well on their own, especially puppies. Signs of separation anxiety include excessive barking, destructive behavior, over-excitement and even depression. Whoodles are known to suffer from separation anxiety and it’s very important to recognise and deal with this issue early on.
2. Fear of Some Noises
Certain noises can trigger a barking fit in some dogs. It can appear that your dog is being aggressive or protective, but he may in fact be scared. Its very common for Whoodles to over-react to loud noises or noises that they don’t like.
3. Old Age
It’s very common for older dogs to bark more than they might have when they were younger. Senior Whoodles can bark for a variety of reasons, but it is often caused by separation anxiety or health problems. Some older dogs can develop Canine Dysfunction Syndrome that can cause them to get confused or anxious and this can lead to excessive barking spells. Older dogs can also be in pain and will often bark if they want to be left alone if in pain.
4. Boredom and lack of exercise
Another leading cause of excessive barking in Whoodles ( and other active dog breeds) is lack of exercise and boredom. Active, working breeds have a need to be physically active and need an outlet to burn off excessive energy. If they don’t get regular physical and mental exercise you can be guaranteed lots of bad behavior and lots of barking. Even a short daily walk will help to stop your Whoodle from getting too wound up and will help to reduce unnecessary barking.
5. Territorial Issues
Barking is your dog’s way of alerting you (and the neighborhood) to perceived threats, and this is perfectly normal from time to time. It can become a problem if your Whoodle is overprotective or overly territorial when it comes to protecting your home or garden.
Territorial barking (often called alarm barking) is barking that occurs in response to people or other dogs coming into or even passing by your house. This type of barking is your dog warning you that a stranger is near his territory and he is using his bark to warn them off.
Territorial barking is usually an over reaction by a scared dog, not an over aggressive dog. It can be a difficult problem to resolve as it involves training your dog to not react to strangers or other animals using positive reinforcement commands.
How To Get Your Whoodle To Bark Less?
Training your Whoodle to bark less can take some time and patience.
An excessive barking habit that has formed over months and years is not something that can be fixed quickly. When it comes to dogs, it’s much easier to train them properly as puppies, rather than trying to fix a problem when they are adults.
How can you get your Whoodle (and most other dog breeds) to bark less? A combination of positive training methods and lots of physical and mental exercise is usually the best approach.