Why does my dog bark as his reflection?

Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – my dog runs – acts like he is playing then goes to the mirror on the closet door – barks at his reflection and runs. Why does he do this?


Sally B.


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking – why does your dog bark at his reflection. You wrote that your dog plays, goes to the closet mirror, barks and runs. It sounds like he is playing. He probably sees his reflection and may recognize another dog that he is playing with him.

Most dogs don’t seem to recognize themselves in the mirror. I wouldn’t worry as long as your dog is having fun and the behavior is not obsessive.


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