No one should expect a dog to never bark. That’s as unreasonable as expecting a toddler to never talk. But some dogs bark excessively. If that’s a haul in your home, the first step is deciding what causes your dog to bark an excessive amount. Once you recognize why they’re barking, you’ll start to treat their barking problem.
Why Dogs Bark
Barking is one kind of vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean various things relying on things. Here are some reasons why dogs bark:
Territorial/Protective: When a private or an animal comes into an area your dog considers their territory, that always triggers excessive barking. because the threat gets closer, the barking often gets louder. Your dog will look alert and even aggressive during this type of barking.
Alarm/Fear: Some dogs bark at any noise or object that catches their attention or startles them. this may happen anywhere, not just in their home territory.
Boredom/Loneliness: Dogs are pack animals. Dogs left alone for long periods, whether within the house or the yard, can get bored or sad and sometimes will bark because they’re unhappy.
Greeting/Play: Dogs often bark when greeting people or other animals. It’s usually a cheerful bark, accompanied by tail wags and sometimes jumping.
Attention Seeking: Dogs often bark once they need something, like going outside, playing, or getting a treat.
Separation Anxiety/Compulsive Barking: Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone. They usually exhibit other symptoms also, like pacing, destructiveness, depression, and inappropriate elimination. Compulsive barkers seem to bark just to concentrate on the sound of their voices. They also often make repetitive movements, like running during a circle or along a fence.
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