Watching your dog bark at its own reflection can be very amusing, but when it goes on for too long, it can get a bit annoying and you do want the barking to stop. But before you think about how to train your dog to accept reflections, there are a few concepts of dog psyche that you need to understand.
What do Dogs Think
- The first thing you need to know is that dogs do not have a sense of self-perception. Most dogs don’t understand the concept of a reflection and that what they are looking at is actually themselves.
- This is probably why your dog will probably try to walk around to the back of the reflection to find the other dog.
- It is not necessary that only mirrors have this effect on your dog. It is likely to have the same reaction to any polished surface like for example, your TV screen or any chrome polished furniture that can reflect images.
- What it sees is another dog and it can either view it as a threat or a possible playmate which is why you will find your dog barking at the mirror.
- Dogs as a species rely on their sense of smell more than sight. Thus, you will find your dog sniffing at the mirror to catch a whiff of the other dog but since it cannot detect any odor by which it can identify the other dog, the whole situation becomes a little confusing and thus, scary.
- Your dog is likely to charge at the mirror and “attack” the other dog also.
How to Handle the Dog
Most dogs simply lose interest when they can get no response and most times, they will learn to ignore the mirror and the reflection. But on your part you can try reassuring you dog by patting and talking to it. If that doesn’t work, you could always use the anti bark collar to train it to ignore reflections.