Why Dogs Bark and How to Control Barking
Dogs bark for different reasons. If your dog barks and you want to know how to
control his barking you must first learn the reason for his barking.
There are generally three distinct types of
Dogs Bark Because they are
Your dog is a pack animal and as such he needs
ample daily exercise, social stimulation and interaction. One of the most common cause of dog barking is when the
daily needs of exercise and stimulation have nor been met.
They become bored and barking becomes the outlet to
relive their doggy boredom. If your dog spends most of his day indoors, or lounging in a back yard, he may be
telling you that he needs to spend time with you.
Time for a brisk walk and some play time. You
should walk your dog and let him see other dogs in the neighborhood at least twice a day. This will help meet his
needs for social inter action and exercise, help to relieve dog boredom and may well lessen or alleviate your dog's
barking due to boredom.
Dogs Bark When They are Asking for
If you dog wants a treat, wants to go in the next
broom, get a toy, or anything else he will try a number of different techniques to get you to give him what he
wants. If he barks and give him a treat, he will bark more.
If he barks and you open the door to a room, he
will bark even louder the next time he wants to go there. Your dog is responding to your actions. If you don't want
him to ask you for things by barking then don't respond to barking by relenting and giving him what he is asking
for. If you do give in, you are in essence, training him to bark when he wants something.
Dogs Bark when they are
Dogs need sufficient socialization so that they can
be in a variety of places and situations without becoming frightened. This may include the car, the park, the
veterinary office, a hotel, the park, your mom's house, almost anyplace.
If your dog needs to be better socialized so that
he can enjoy those places without fear, a good way to accomplish this is with a reward. When you go to any of those
places, give him a treat or some favorite food of his when he arrives.
Your dog will start to associate the place with
food, ( a good thing) instead of a place to be scared, ( a bad thing). This is fairly simple conditioning training
and very successful with dogs who are scared due to a lack of proper socialization.
Solve any dog behavior problem easily by
Dogs Bark if They Miss
If your dog barks when you leave him alone, he is
suffering from a type of separation anxiety. To help your dog adjust to the idea of your being away from home while
you are at work, shopping or any reason:
Here's a few
Don't make a big deal out of leaving the house. No
calling and hugging good by, loud talking and getting your dog excited. Try leaving without saying a
Make it a non event. Try leaving for 5 minutes and
returning. Then increase it to ten minutes, then thirty minutes then an hour. And don't call him when you return.
Make it another non event. Just like walking from one room to another.
Another thing you should do right now is provide
more exercise so that your dog is tired out by the time you leave. He'll be more interested in a puppy nap that
stressing out about why you aren't in the yard or kitchen with him for awhile
Dogs Bark to Protect You
If your dog barks as a protector, you must learn
how to divert his attention or have him respond to your commands. Try having him retrieve a toy when he starts to
Or you can teach him to be quiet by word command,
the reward being a treat when he listens. If your dog seemingly always barks at the slightest noise or activity, he
needs more exercise and socialization
There are many ways a professional dog trainer can
help you control dog barking. These are just a few ideas. Exercise and socialization are perhaps the most common
and effective remedy we have seen.
Try spending more time with your dog on a daily
basis. Both you and your dog will benefit in the long run.
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