Yes, dog barking can trigger misophonia in some individuals. Misophonia is characterized by strong emotional reactions, such as irritation or anxiety, triggered by specific sounds. For people with this condition, the sound of a dog barking may be one of those triggering noises, leading to discomfort or even anger.
A research (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8544191/) published in 2021 mentions that around 25% of misophonic patients get triggered by dogs’ barking. The rest have triggers like eating, chewing, breathing, and clicking sounds.
Common Misophonic Triggers
- Pen clicking
- Typing on a keyboard
- Sudden loud noises (e.g., sirens)
- Nail tapping
- Cutlery clinking against plates
How to Control Dog Barking if you have Misophonia?
A misophonic patient may not want a dog, but you can’t do much if a family member or a neighbor owns a dog. Hence, knowing how to stop dog barking is important so you don’t get spikes occasionally.
Training the Dog
Working with a professional dog trainer to reduce barking can be an effective solution. For example, enrolling the dog in obedience classes to learn commands like “quiet” can help control barking, especially during specific triggers like when the doorbell rings.
Use of Noise-Canceling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones can help block out barking noise. If the dog tends to bark at passing cars, wearing noise-canceling headphones during busy traffic hours can provide relief.
Create a Quiet Space
A room insulated from noise provides a refuge when barking becomes overwhelming. Setting up a reading room with heavy curtains and door seals, where one can retreat when necessary, can be calming.
Understanding the Triggers
Identifying what specific situations cause the dog to bark can help manage the reaction. If the dog barks at the mailman daily, being aware of the mail delivery schedule and planning activities to distract oneself during that time can help.
Communication with Household Members
Open communication helps family or roommates understand the condition and how to assist. Discussing the issue with family members and agreeing on responsibilities like taking the dog out during known trigger times can ease the daily routine.
Using Sound Masking Techniques
Playing soft music or using a white noise machine can help mask the sound of barking. Playing soothing background music in the living area can minimize the disturbance if the dog barks when left alone in the yard.
Seek Professional Help if Needed
Therapists specializing in misophonia can provide personalized strategies. A therapist might help develop specific coping techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, to be used when the dog’s barking triggers a misophonic reaction.
How to Control My Neighbor’s Dog Barking?
Controlling your neighbor’s dog barking can be a delicate issue. It’s often best to approach your neighbor politely and express your concern, asking them if they can address the problem. If the issue persists, you may consider using white noise machines or noise-canceling headphones to mask the noise in your home.
In some cases, contacting local authorities or animal control may be necessary if the barking violates local noise ordinances, but this should typically be a last resort after attempting to resolve the issue amicably.
How to Instantly stop a Dog from Barking if I have Misophonia?
If you have misophonia and need to instantly stop a dog from barking, you might consider using a dog whistle or an ultrasonic training device that emits a sound only dogs can hear, signaling them to stop barking.
It’s essential to consult with a pet expert to ensure the method is humane and appropriate for the specific situation. Communication with the dog’s owner and understanding the underlying cause of the barking may also aid in finding a lasting solution.