Do Bull Terriers Bark A Lot? [+How To Correct Barking]


Some dog breeds are known to bark more than others, which can undoubtedly be a behavior that you, as the owner, prefer to end and perhaps even annoys you. Bull Terriers are not necessarily known to be the most vocal dog breed or heavy barking dog, but of course, every specific dog is different.

As an avid Terrier dog breed fan, myself, here is what I can tell you about the barking habits of the bull terrier.

Do Bull Terriers Bark A Lot?

Bull Terriers are not known to bark a lot and are not known to be heavy barkers. Some Bull Terriers may bark more than other Bull Terriers. Proper training, discipline, and positive reinforcement can help end excessive barking.

If you currently have a Bull Terrier that is frequently barking and it seems to be getting out of control, I am sure you want a more in-depth answer to the question of the day.

That is what the rest of this discussion will cover.

I want to break down the Bull Terrier’s barking habits and give you my top tips that you can implement to reduce or eliminate excessive barking with your Bull Terrier.

Here is how I will break down today’s discussion:



A Bull Terriers Tendency To Bark

Bull Terriers are high energy and highly affectionate dogs that typically is not known to be one of the most vocal dogs when it comes to barking frequency and tendencies, but that does not mean you will not run into a Bull Terrier with the tendency to bark often.

The key is understanding why a Bull Terrier may be barking frequently and then taking the appropriate steps to rectify the situation.

To take this step by step, I want to begin by discussing the common reasons a Bull Terrier may be excessively barking in the first place.


Why Bull Terriers Will Bark

Clearly, all dogs, including Bull Terriers, will bark for different reasons.

With Bull Terrier’s, if you are dealing with excessive barking, here are some of the potential reasons or what I would consider the primary reasons that cause excessive barking with Bull Terriers:


Warning Barks

A Bull Terrier is naturally going to be relatively protective of their property and their family.

If a situation arises, that makes them uncomfortable, or an unknown person is within distance, your Bull Terrier may bark to let you know.

This is one form of barking that I would not be overly concerned with. Having a dog that can perform this security for you is an excellent benefit to have around the home.

Might as well have a free-security guard on the clock all hours of the day.


Other Barking Dogs May Provoke A Bull Terrier To Bark

This form of barking can be controlled, and it will depend on each Bull Terrier.

Most dog breeds tend to communicate or try and express dominance by barking back and forth.

If you live next door to another heavily barking dog, your Bull Terrier will likely follow suit and bark often.

This is when barking can become annoying for all of you Bull Terrier owners and enthusiasts. Active training and discipline are the best way to reduce this behavior.


Fear Can Cause Your Bull Terrier To Bark

Even if you believe you have a more behaved and non-barking Bull Terrier, you still have a dog that needs to communicate what they feel.

Suppose that feeling happens to be fear of unwanted strangers or a social situation.

In that case, they are not comfortable and barking can occur.

You do not necessarily want to discipline or train this barking behavior out of your Bull Terrier in this situation.

Instead, begin working on additional socialization and making your Bull Terrier more comfortable with these situations so it does not occur or cause fear in the future.


Boredom Is A Barking Spark For A Bull Terrier

Boredom can be the cause of many negative behaviors with many dog breeds.

Barking can spark more often with a Bull Terrier due to having nothing better they can do.

If you think that this may be why your Bull Terrier is excessively barking, try and provide more exercise, training, or other interaction for your dog to help reduce the behavior.


How To Stop Your Bull Terrier From Excessive and Unwanted Barking

Now that we know of the common reasons that will cause barking or excessive barking with your Bull Terrier, I find it equally essential to provide a few additional tips you can implement to reduce the barking.

Here is a look at those:


Reward Your Bull Terrier For Not Barking

Rewards always go a long way with any dog breed.

Rewards, positive reinforcement, and praise are perhaps the number 1 to correct any negative behavior, including barking.

Work with your Bull Terrier in situations that they often bark and give commands to stop barking.

When they do stop barking, be sure to praise them and reward them.

This is a smart dog breed.

As soon as you condition them to understand what achieves a reward and praise, they will want to continue receiving that benefit in the future.

Train, reward, and praise your Bull Terrier to reduce excessive barking.


Reduce Stimulus That Causes Your Bull Terrier To Bark

I am a Terrier owner myself, and my Terrier happens to bark the most often in specific situations.

One of those is when I exercise with her on a populated trail near my home.

While this barking behavior is somewhat annoying, it should also be expected because she is in environment overload in this situation.

This leaves me and any of you reading with two options.

Either socialize your Bull Terrier more often with these situations, so they are more comfortable and do not feel the need to bark or choose fewer stimulating activities, so you do not have to deal with the barking in general.

Either of these options will help you avoid the barking behavior.


Consider A Bark Collar For Your Bull Terrier

I would consider using a bark collar for your Bull Terrier as a last effort to control the barking behaviors.

If training, rewards, positive reinforcement, and other techniques have not worked, a bark collar can undoubtedly get the job done.

A bark collar is designed to provide vibration or an electrical impulse to your dog when they bark to break the train of thought and even make them somewhat uncomfortable for barking in the first place.

I highly recommend learning how to use a bark collar effectively and safely with your Bull Terrier before use.

If you are desperate, bark collars are often proven effective and can help barking behaviors dramatically.


Bull Terrier’s May Be Heavy Barkers For Several Reasons, But You Can Correct It

As you can probably understand at this point, excessive barking with Bull Terriers can happen, but the Bull Terrier is not one of the overly vocal dog breeds.

Nonetheless, it is always important to identify what is causing barking behaviors and take active steps towards correcting the behavior.

Bull Terriers make for excellent family pets, and barking should not be a significant behavior to stress about if you are currently considering adopting.

Use the tips laid out in this discussion to reduce barking and help you and your Bull Terrier have a healthier, quieter, and a more enjoyable bond.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Bull Terriers and the journey you have ahead of you, and we certainly hope barking is not an issue you have to deal with for long!


Does Your Bull Terrier Bark Often?

Does Your Bull Terrier bark often, and do you have any further tips or recommendations you can share with the readers about correcting barking behaviors with Bull Terriers?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I Appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded TerrierOwner.com to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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