If your dog has become scared of the kitchen, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

So, why is my dog afraid of the kitchen? Likely reasons why your dog is afraid of the kitchen are that your dog does not want to be locked in there, they do not like the noises in there or that something happened to your dog in the kitchen.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your dog is afraid of the kitchen but there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause. There are also some things you can do about it.

Why is my dog afraid of the kitchen?

Below are likely causes and what would make each of them more likely to be the main reason.

Noises

It could be the case that your dog does not like the noises in the kitchen. This would be more likely if your dog has stopped wanting to go into the kitchen since loud noises started happening in the kitchen or if your dog specifically does not want to go into the kitchen when there are loud noises in there.

Other people or animals

It could also be the case that your dog is actually trying to avoid certain people or animals that are in the kitchen. This would be more likely if your dog does not go into the kitchen when certain people or animals are in there and if your dog avoids them in other parts of the house too.

Past experiences

It could also be the case that something happened to your dog, in the kitchen, that has caused them to stop wanting to go into the kitchen. This would be more likely if your dog stopped wanting to go in there after an event such as someone spilling something on the dog.

Getting locked in there

If you often lock your dog in the kitchen, your dog will likely not want to go in there because they do not want to get locked in there again.

Encouraging the behavior

It might also be the case that you have encouraged the behavior by rewarding it. If you tend to give your dog things such as toys, treats, or extra attention, when they will not enter the kitchen, they will likely do it more in order to get more rewards.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

What else happened when your dog became afraid of the kitchen

If your dog has stopped wanting to go into the kitchen suddenly, it would help to consider what else happened when your dog stopped wanting to go in there. For example, if your dog stopped going in there after you locked your dog in there, it would be likely that your dog stopped because they do not want to get locked in the kitchen again.

The timing of when your dog becomes afraid of the kitchen

If there is a certain time your dog won’t go into the kitchen, it would also help to consider the timing. For example, if your dog won’t go in there while there are loud noises, the cause would be likely to be that your dog just does not like the noises.

How to get my dog to stop being scared of the kitchen?

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Limit loud noises in the kitchen

The first thing to do would be to try to limit the loud noises when you want your dog to go into the kitchen or to just let your dog stay elsewhere when there are loud noises in the kitchen.

Positive reinforcement training

It would also help to encourage your dog to stay in the kitchen by giving your dog rewards when they do go into the kitchen or at least show signs of it. It would also help to avoid giving your dog rewards when they refuse to go into the kitchen and to ignore them for a while instead.

Let your dog stay elsewhere

If you cannot get your dog to go into the kitchen, another option would be to give your dog another place that they can stay instead.

Why is my dog scared of the kitchen suddenly?

If your dog has become scared of the kitchen suddenly, it would be likely be due to things such as something happening to them in the kitchen, getting locked in the kitchen, or sudden loud noises in the kitchen.

Author

I created and currently manage Pet Dog Owner, the website you can go to when you have questions about your dog's behavior. It is my hope that you find Pet Dog Owner to be a helpful resource. It is also my hope that it will help you to improve your relationship with your dog. You can read more about me and my website here.