If You Want to Stop Excessive Barking, You Need to Understand WHY Dogs Bark
Barking is how dogs communicate, either with each other or with their owner/pack leader.
People talk. Dogs bark. That part is simple. But how do persuade a dog NOT to bark? Well, that can be more tricky.
Domesticated dogs may bark for one or more of the following reasons:
1. Your dog perceives a threat to his territory. A bark, then, is a warning.
“This is mine…back off!”
2. The dog is excited, energetic and wants attention.
“Play with me…play with me NOW!”
3. The dog is left alone and is bored.
This is a huge problem for apartment dwellers, and those with neighbors in close proximity. You’re away at work and the dog is barking his head off…
4. The dog is fearful.
5. The dog is sounding an alarm. For example, a car is pulling up into your driveway. He wants to let you know. Someone rings the doorbell, he wants to make sure that you heard it!
6. The dog is just being friendly.
7. The dog is exhibiting aggression.
8. Dogs who have poor eyesight may bark out of fear or confusion.
9. The dog wants YOUR attention. (After all, he IS the center of the universe, right?!)
Attention-seeking barkers will do this when the owner is on the telephone, watching television,or otherwise not paying attention.
10. The dog is lonely.
11. The dog is communicating with other dogs in the neighborhood.
12. The dog is anxious or under stress.
13. The dog needs to go out. “I have to potty….please take me out!”
14. And the list goes on…
So now you know some of the reasons why dogs bark.
Expecting a dog to never, ever bark again would be like telling a person to never, ever talk again! It’s communication that sometimes just gets out of control. However, there are methods and tools to teach the dog when it’s permissible and when it’s not.
The most important step you can take in getting your dog to stop barking too much?
Spend time with your dog daily…
Make sure your dog gets exercise every day…
Build a relationship of trust and respect….
Be firm, but even, with discipline…
He/she needs to see and respect you as the pack leader.