Barking: Determine the CauseWednesday, October 18th, 2017, 1:29 am
We may love our dogs, but most people don’t love the sound of a dog barking, especially when it’s incessant and unnecessary. Ideally, our dogs would only bark if there was a true threat, or of course a couple of barks here and there if little old Spot gets startled is OK, but rarely is this the case. As dog owners, we often let convenience (and cuteness) get the best of us and we become lax on training and reinforcement.
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Part of addressing the issue of inappropriate barking is understanding why your dog barks in the first place.
“Ahem - I need your attention, humans!”
We’re not talking about your spoiled pooch craving attention, or maybe we are. One of the most common reasons for barking is the need for your attention: Your pup may need to go relieve himself, or maybe he’s hungry. Maybe, just maybe (definitely) he is just dying for that burger you’re enjoying.
“I’m bored, humans!”
Just like kids, dogs have the tendency to act out when they are bored or otherwise frustrated with their current situation. If you have left your dog outside for a long period of time or kept the poor pooch cooped up in one room, your dog may be telling you he’s unhappy and it’s not nice (or healthy) for him to be neglected.
Of course, if you are a conscientious dog owner, the issue is probably that he just has some extra energy to burn off and that he may just want to play fetch. Be sure to take stock of your dog’s daily routine to see if you could making life better for him in some way.
He’s being a scaredy dog
Many dogs experience fear of loud noise or even certain people or objects. One reaction to this fear could be barking. You can usually tell if your dog is afraid by checking his body language while he barks: ears held back and a tail held low can often be an indicator of fear.
If your’s pup tail is standing at attention and his ears are perked up and angled forward, you can surmise that your doggie is being protective and perhaps a bit territorial. Assess what could be causing your dog's reaction and work from there.
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