Why is my dog barking?

Some breeds, such as guard dogs and hounds are bred to bark for protection. Other dogs simply bark more, as is their personal way of communication. But, dog barking, the wanted and unwanted kind must be addressed as tolerable living situations depend upon it.

You want to control dog barking to make your pooch more pleasant to be around and to keep your neighbors, friends and family content when they are in the company of your pet.

A dog's bark is his communication

It can be physical communication: I'm thirsty, I'm hungry, or I'm cold. Or, emotional communication: I'm anxious, I'm afraid, I'm bored. Sometimes the yapping is a reinforced bad habit that must be corrected by changing the situation for your dog. It is a good idea to go to an obedience class to teach your dog the proper way to act. Look for trainers using positive reinforcement and avoid punishment based training.

We all want our dogs to be happy and be well adjusted. Here are some things to consider for your dog to control dog's noise:

  • Dogs are pack animals and are social. Does your pooch receive regular social interaction with you, your family, other dogs and people? If your answer is no to this than your dog may be barking from anxiety and loneliness.
    Socialize your dog to new experiences.

  • Prevent your dog from seeing things that trigger anxiety.
  • Make sure your dog's physical and emotional needs are met.
  • Train dogs with obedience commands like "Stop Barking!"
  • Dogs left outdoors are prone to barking problems.

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