Dogs Barking

No one should expect a dog to never bark. That’s as unfathomable as expecting a child to never talk. But some dogs bark excessively. If that’s a problem in your home, the first step is figuring out what causes your dogs barking. Once you know why he is barking, you can start to treat his barking problem.

Dogs love to bark and there are many factors that cause them to bark. Some dogs bark way too much and it is important to find out what is causing them to bark excessively. Once you figure out why your dogs bark too much, it is possible to come up with a plan to control the excessive barking.

Barking is a form of communication for dogs as they try to express their needs. Dogs bark differently in different types of situations. Listed below are some reasons why your canine barks:

Dogs are very territorial and protective of their spaces. Dogs will bark and growl very aggressively when a human or some type of animal enters what the dog considers their territory. As the intruder gets closer to the dog, the barking will get louder and more intense.

Fear can cause a dog to bark. Sometimes noises can startle a dog and they will bark as a defense mechinism until they are able to ascertain the threat level.

Sometimes dogs bark as a form of greeting or happiness. This is a much less threatening bark and the dog will jump with joy and wag their tail. The dog will usually settle down and stop barking after a few minutes.

Loneliness is another reason dogs bark. Dogs are social animals and they do not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. They will bark for long periods of time to express their unhappiness and to make people aware of their circumstances.

Often times our canine friends will bark to get attention. Usually, they need to go to the bathroom, want a treat, or just want to play. This type of barking is easy to control by meeting your pet’s needs.

Compulsive barking is the most serious type of a dogs barking problem. This is when your neighbors call the police because your dog won’t stop barking at night. Often times compulsive barking may be related to mental or chemical imbalances in the animal. The dogs exhibit unusual behavior such as running around in circles or destroying property. They repeat the same action for hours while barking all the while.

In the case of compulsive barking, medication from a vet may be needed to help settle the dog and keep them from barking. This usually takes a couple of weeks for the medicine to work.

The other solution will also take time, practice and a consistent approach. One important thing to do is not shout at the dog. The dog will think you are joining the fray and will bark more aggressively. Talk in a normal but firm voice. Use the word “quiet” instead of shut up. The dog will eventually stop barking. When that happens, give the dog praise and a nice treat. Be sure to never reward the dog while it is barking. By continuing this approach, the dog will eventually realize when the barking stops after the word “quiet” is said, a treat is provided. Their behavior will improve over time and soon the dogs barking will be under control.