January 03 2020

Poodles do tend to bark a lot and be somewhat yappy.  Thankfully, this highly intelligent dog breed is trainable and this can work in their owner’s favor when it comes to minimizing barking.


Training a Poodle

While visions of fancy hair and spoiled dogs come to mind when a person thinks of the poodle, they are often very easy to train.  Intelligent, curious and alert if given the right motivation these dogs aim to please.

Training every dog is important when it comes to barking issues, this will allow them to learn what is expected of them.  The poodle will thrive in this environment since their primary motivation is attention.

Proper training and socialization will ensure that they behave at their best both home and outside the home.   Barking and other negative behaviors such as scratching, table surfing, barking, and begging can be minimized with training.

A simple and popular method for handling barking issues is to:

  1. Ignore the barking
  2. After they have stopped barking, offer treats and praise
  3. Repeat

This method is often a huge success since they aim to please, love attention, and catch on fast that they get the attention when they are quiet.  There are many other training methods to help with barking. 

poodle with owner

How Often Will My Poodle Bark?

This depends on the individual dog, not just the breed.  Each dog has unique personality and responds differently to their environment.

The poodle is a breed that barks quite a bit.  Their immediate environment as well as their temperament and current mood will contribute to how often and how much they bark.

What Other Noises Do Poodles Make?

The poodle can make a variety of noises that go beyond the usual barking. 

Some of these noises include howling, yelping, whimpering, growling, purring or whining.  Each dog will have a special way of expressing themselves.  This can include how loud or soft the noises are and when they make the noise.

Growling is usually directed at someone or something as a warning when they are afraid, hurting, being territorial or aggressive.

For instance, if a poodle has a tummy ache and a well-meaning house guest comes over to rub them, they might growl at the thought of being touched.  This doesn't mean aggression in the dog-like most people might think.  It is merely their only means of expressing themselves.

Excessive growling for no apparent reason can sometimes become a habit with poodles.  Proper socialization and training can minimize this behavior.

Yelping would be a response to an immediate injury or pain.  A poodle might whine or whimper when they are frustrated about something or need attention.  This is usually a reaction to a need not being met, water, food, bathroom break, playtime, etc.

Purring might be the noise a poodle makes when they are happy having their belly rubbed.

Howling, a noise that poodles make less often, is usually made when a dog is emotionally distressed.  This can include separation anxiety.

Why Does a Poodle Bark?

A poodle will bark for various reasons that can include:

  • Extreme Weather
  • Being Left Alone
  • Boredom
  • To Protect
  • New People
  • Feeling Excited
  • Their Needs Not Being Met

mini toy poodle

Extreme Weather

Poodles are notorious for having sensitivities to the extreme lightning and sounds of thunderstorms.  This can make them bark excessively or rather loudly.

Being Left Alone

Poodles are a breed that suffers from separation anxiety.  When left alone they do tend to bark a lot.

Check out our article on managing separation anxiety in your poodle.


Poodles need to expel energy, if they don’t do this regularly, they will bark to entertain themselves or express the need for attention.

To Protect

The poodle will likely be very attached to their human family and will bark to protect them.  They also may express territorial issues in protecting their food and water.

New People

If someone is coming into their territory that they don’t know they will make it known that this is their territory.  For example, if someone is walking by their house, they could see this as an intrusion and will bark until the intruder has passed out of sight.

Feeling Excited

The poodle is an excitable breed, it is hard to determine exactly what might excite them, but they will use barking to express this emotion.

Their Needs Not Being Met

Like any other dog, the poodle will express their need for attention when necessary.  Should they need food, water, a walk or anything else they will likely let you know by barking.

These are just a few reasons a poodle might bark, each dog as well as household environment is unique.

Selecting the right fur baby to become a member of your family takes time and consideration.   Knowing the breed of dog you are selecting is the most important step in this process.

Each dog will have a special way of expressing their wants, needs, and emotions.   As you and your pooch get to know each other, you will learn to recognize what each bark and noise means to them.

Continual or Extreme Barking

Continual or extreme barking can be an indication of an underlying issue that needs addressing.   Their needs for quality food, water, exercise, playtime, affection, bathroom breaks, and sleep should all be investigated thoroughly.

The questions below can help their human family determine the problem.

  • Have they eaten enough today?
  • Do they have clean drinking water?
  • Did they get enough exercise?
  • When was the last time I played ball with them?
  • Are they in pain?
  • Have they slept enough?
  • Do they need to go to the bathroom?

If all these areas are properly taken care of and they are barking excessively for an extended period, a call or visit to their veterinarian might be necessary.


Considering Barking Issues

Asking certain questions about barking can help individuals and families select the right breed of dog.  These questions might include:

  • How will my neighbors feel about my dog barking?
  • Is anyone sensitive to noise?
  • Will I be able to spend time training my dog?

Knowing the dog’s personality, family’s lifestyle, as well as the answers to these questions, can create a happy ending for everyone.

What is the Best Dog for My Apartment?

How Will my Neighbors Feel About my Dog Barking?

Barking can be viewed as annoying and distracting by individuals that don’t have a dog.  Understanding your neighbors, as well as the neighborhood rules and regulations about dogs barking is important for selecting the correct breed.

Is Anyone Sensitive to Noise?

Sensitivity to noises can make it difficult to handle a dog that barks loudly or excessively.  When selecting a dog breed, considering the needs of all the family members will ensure the right fit for the family.  This will create a more harmonious and positive home environment for all involved, including the dog.

Will I Be Able to Spend Time Training My Dog?

Training is an important part of having a dog.   Taking a realistic look at how much time and financial ability the family has for training a dog will help them choose the right breed.

While the poodle is extremely intelligent and easily trainable, they will still need consistent and thorough training to behave and perform at their best.  This can be done by a professional dog trainer or the owner, whatever finances and time will allow.


In Conclusion

Communication is important for our four-legged friends.  Without it, their feelings could never be properly expressed.

The poodle enjoys barking often as a means of expression, but usually only when it is necessary.   If they can’t seem to control their barking, they are trainable.

While the quiet life may be joyful at time, just imagine all the wonderful conversations you could be having with a super adorable poodle!

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