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Posted on 02-08-2017

Barking: all dogs do it, but why?

Barking can seem like unnecessary noise, but it’’s your dog's way of communicating with you, and others. There is something to be done about non stop or excessive barking, and helping your dog learn how to communicate effectively.

Communication

Dogs are loyal companions, and will always try to protect you. If they sense something is happening, even if it’s not, they will use their voice to alert you. Also, some dogs bark when you get home, mainly out of excitement or thinking it’s play time. Make sure you don’t shout commands to quiet them, this will make them think you’re joining in. Calmly deliver commands like “quiet.”

Loneliness

If you find yourself to be busy with work or events, and you aren’t giving your dog as much attention as they’re used to, they’ll get lonely. Dogs are very social animals and need a lot of social interaction. If you know you’ll be busy, call a friend or a neighbor and have them come over to play with them. If not, excessive barking will take place.

Emotional and Physical Needs

If you’ve ruled out communication, your dog could be trying to tell you that one of their needs aren’t being met. Most of the time it’s a physical need. Dogs need a lot of exercise, and if they aren’t getting it, they’ll let you know. This could be in destructive behavior, and excessive barking. Take your dog on a walk or play a game of fetch outside. If your dog has had enough physical exercise for the day, the barking could be emotional. If your dog is excited, or anxious, they’ll bark to let you know. Keep them mentally stimulated. Try teaching them a new trick every few weeks and working on it when they start to get bored.

While there most likely won’t be a dog that NEVER barks, it’s a good idea to put a stop to excessive barking right away. Remember to never reward barking, and always calmly deliver demands. Dogs need exercise every day, mental stimulation, and attention from you. If you have any questions about dogs and excessive barking, you can call us at 602-559-5500.    


 

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