The Aussiedoodle is an adorable breed to bring into a family home. They have great personalities, beautiful looks and could help those with allergy issues. They tick a lot of boxes for new dog owners, but what about the risk of barking. Is this a vocal dog, and what do you need to watch out for?
Do Aussiedoodles bark a lot? Some Aussiedoodles will bark more than others. It depends on genetics and its lifestyle, and living arrangements. They can be keen watchdogs and will bark to alert their families. Aussiedoodles could also bark out of boredom or through separation anxiety, but this is a problem you can deal with.
Do Australian Shepherds Bark A Lot?
Aussie Shephards can bark quite a lot if they get bored or feel the need to alert their owners to something.
They are working dogs, shepherding livestock, and keeping them in order.
A short sharp bark serves many purposes when alerting handlers to potential issues; it can also make them excellent watchdogs back at home.
This can transfer to a desire to bark at nearly everything when living in a family home.
They could bark at things they see outside, at a strange noise, or visitors to the house.
The need for mental stimulation and activity means that some of these shepherds could bark more than they should out of boredom.
A physically active and content shepherd might not be so bad.
Do Poodles Bark A Lot?
By comparison, Poodles are moderate barkers.
They, too, can bark when they feel that it is necessary, but they aren’t necessarily going to bark at everyone and everything.
The tendency to bark also depends on the breed of Poodle.
Standard Poodles seem to be more laid back and happy to hold back a bit. They can be excellent watchdogs, barking at strange sights and noises around the home, but this isn’t going to get excessive in any way.
Miniature Poodles are different; they are more vocal and keen to investigate. But, they are still moderate compared to other breeds that like to vocalize about anything and everything.
How Does This Affect the Likelihood of Aussiedoodles Barking?
What this then means for the Aussiedoodle is that you could have an active pup that inclines to bark when bored or one that is a little more laid back like the Poodle.
As both parents are moderate barkers, there isn’t going to be that risk of your dog getting yappy or incessant with their vocalizations.
But, this can vary between dogs.
Those that are more Poodle-like should be quieter and more measured in their responses. But, this also depends on whether your dog has Standard or Miniature Poodle genes.
Either way, it is crucial to be prepared for the worst-case scenarios with this crossbreed.
That way, you can be ready to handle the training and the situations as they arise.
There is the possibility that you won’t experience many of these issues mentioned below – if any.
However, there are cases of Aussiedoodles barking a bit too much in certain situations.
Aussiedoodles Barking On Their Own At Home
Separation anxiety is a risk with Aussiedoodles because of their genetics.
Australian Shepherds can develop the condition if left alone for too long because of their desire to be around people.
Miniature poodles are also very attached to their owners, which can lead to great distress when left alone for long periods.
Young dogs don’t understand that you will be back and need careful training and stimulation to ensure that they feel comfortable and safe if you have to leave.
The trick is to provide a safe space with toys and comfort items where they can amuse themselves. It also helps not to make a big fuss out of leaving them.
An additional consideration here is the risk of Aussiedoodles getting hyperactive and destructive when left alone at home.
This stems from two different traits.
The Australian Shepherd is a dog that loves to be busy and active. Like Border Collies, they thrive when they have a job to do and some mental stimulation.
This is what makes them such good working dogs. Take that job away with nothing in its place, and they get bored and hyperactive.
As for the Poodle, they need a similar level of mental stimulation because of their high intelligence.
This all means that you could end up with a bored and confused Aussiedoodle barking at home for most of the day. They will bark to try and call you back to them or simply because they have nothing better to do.
There is also the risk that they will take out their frustrations on the home by getting destructive with soft furnishings and other possessions.
It is the most accessible game for them to play at that moment.
What About Aussiedoodles Barking at Night?
Dogs with issues of separation anxiety may also be prone to barking through the night.
Your Aussiedoodle may feel as though they have been abandoned to spend the night in a cold dark room with nothing to do. Again, they may start barking to bring you back to them to come and play or because they don’t know what else to do.
These pups need to learn that it is entirely safe to sleep alone and that you will always return in the morning. Creating a bedroom area with comfort items and toys also means that they can entertain themselves until they fall asleep. Or you can work on their night time regime so that they are tired when it is time for everyone to sleep.
What is The Risk of Aussiedoodles Barking Aggressively?
Some new owners may worry that the herding instincts and behaviors of the Aussiedoodle will cause them to bark aggressively – either at their children, at other people, or other animals in the home. This isn’t likely to be the case unless there is a good reason.
The Aussiedoodle could pick up the Shepherd parent’s instincts to herd and protect the family’s children.
Typically, this will be a gentle way of persuading them where to go, and the dog isn’t going to bark aggressively at the kids. They may bark at them if they get frustrated that the kids aren’t following their orders or if they feel that there is some imminent danger.
But, there is no aggression behind it. The worst situation here is that the dog starts nipping at the kids’ ankles instead.
On a related note, there are often concerns that the desire to herd and control other animals could lead to some aggression against other household pets.
Most Aussiedoodles will get along well with other animals.
Again, any barking from them could come more from frustration than anything else or through a desire to play.
There is little risk of any aggression as aggressive chasing and behavior with smaller animals is more closely linked to a prey drive. This is seen more in hounds and terriers that used to work to catch prey for their masters.
Then there is the issue of the Aussiedoodle barking at other people.
There is a good chance that your Aussiedoodle will bark at people. It could be a simple protective instinct to look after the family and territory if they are strangers.
If they are people they know, the bark may be in welcome, a way to gain attention, or an invitation to play. Aggressive barking should only occur if there is a real threat, such as an intruder or an attacker.
Training Your Aussiedoodle Not to Bark So Much
However the barking arises, it is essential to start training your dog not to bark too often from an early age.
The good news here is that the Aussiedoodle is likely to be an intelligent dog. The intelligence of the Poodle should shine through here, allowing it to pick up on what you expect from them. They are keen to please and intelligent enough to understand commands quickly.
They should start to show improvements pretty quickly.
Some forms of training are easier than others.
Teaching Aussiedoodles not to bark at other people is easy enough with a consistent and robust command with the suitable positive reinforcement.
The tone, repetition, and clear message will get through, and they should start to calm down. It isn’t as easy if they need to learn not to bark when they are on their own. There isn’t the instant command or reaction from you to tell them what they need to do.
But, consistency in your efforts with night time regimes and separation will pay off.
Final Thoughts – Do Aussiedoodles Bark A Lot?
There is a risk that Aussiedoodle will develop a tendency to bark at night when left alone or at any strange noises or sights around the house. The latter is great if you want a good watchdog. The others are an issue and require early intervention.
Luckily, there are no further issues with aggressive barking or excessive vocalization, and this crossbreed isn’t too hard to train.
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