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Excessive barking could mean different things at different times
 

 

Barking is one type of vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean different things depending on the situation. There are several reasons why dogs bark (as listed on pets.webmd.com) some of which can be controlled with proper training.

Territorial/ Protective: When a person or an animal comes into an area your dog considers their territory that often triggers excessive barking. As 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 can happen anywhere, not just in their home territory.

Boredom/ Loneliness: Dogs are pack animals. Dogs left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, can become bored or sad and often will bark because they are unhappy. Greeting/Play: Dogs often bark when greeting people or other animals. It’s usually a happy bark, accompanied with tail wags and sometimes jumping. Attention Seeking: Dogs often bark when they want something, such as going outside, playing, or getting a treat.

Controlling your dogs barking can be accomplished but it will take time.

Controlling your dogs barking can be accomplished but it will take time.

Separation Anxiety/ Compulsive Barking: Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone. They also usually exhibit other symptoms as well, such as pacing, destructiveness, depression, and inappropriate elimination. Compulsive barkers seem to bark just to hear the sound of their voices. They also often make repetitive movements as well, such as running in circles or along a fence.

Before you can solve the problem you have to figure out what it is. A visit to your veterinarian can help you determine if your dog’s barking is being caused by a health situation. Once you have concluded what is causing your dog to bark, you can get to work on how to reduce if not eliminate the excessive barking.

Dogs like this Yorkie are known to be yappy something you should keep in mind when choosing a new pet.

Dogs like this Yorkie are known to be yappy something you should keep in mind when choosing a new pet.

The first step in dealing with excessive barking is to learn how not to encourage it. Yelling at a barking dog is like throwing gasoline on a fire. It only makes it worst. Speaking in a calm firm voice will go a long way in getting your dog to quiet down. Look at him and say quiet calmly and firmly. If he stops, even for a few seconds, reward him but only when he stops. It may take a while but eventually he will figure it out.

As with other bad behavior, keeping your dog well exercised can play a large role in helping to resolve the barking problem and have a positive effect on his overall well-being. A tired dog is more likely to sleep when you are away then bark excessively.

Doggie daycare can also help with the problem. Being in the company of other dogs will give your dog something to do all day; get him out of your house where he is bored and all alone. Hiring a dog walker or coming home in the middle of the day to walk the dog gives him extra exercise keeps him tired and quiet.

Excessive barking in dogs can be a sign of dementia, a visit to the veterinarian can help determin e exactly what the problem is.

Excessive barking in dogs can be a sign of dementia, a visit to the veterinarian can help determin e exactly what the problem is.

Teaching your dog other methods to alert you to his needs is also very effective in cutting back on excessive barking. Using a bell hung from the door knob so he can let you know when he wants to go out is very effective.

Before you fill a water bowl or food bowl, tap it on the floor not loud enough to scare the dog, but just so he is aware of the noise; this will teach him to make a noise to get food or water.

Consult a professional trainer if you are having trouble getting your dog to cooperate. Most importantly is patience. Bad habits aren’t formed overnight and they don’t disappear overnight either.

Doggy Daycare is a great option if you need to keep your pooch entertained while you are away.

Doggy Daycare is a great option if you need to keep your pooch entertained while you are away.

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