While many people consider barking to be a normal
behavior, excessive barking is a behavioral problem and is often a sign that your dog is stressed–not to mention that it can cause great stress for YOU in public places with your dog, or if you live in a community where your neighbors can hear your dog bark too!
Dogs bark in a variety of situations:
•When their owners arrive home
•When their owners leave home
•When visitors come to the house
•When they hear other dogs barking
•To demand attention from their owner
•When they want to go outside
•When they want to be fed
•When scared or startled
•When getting their owners to play fetch
•At passersby or animals outside
•…or for no obvious reason at all!
If you have been telling your dog to stop barking, yet he continues or stops but immediately starts again, you are not getting through to him or getting to the root of what is causing him stress.
Some other important facts to know about your dog’s or puppy’s barking:
•Dogs who bark at birds, dogs, people, falling leaves or clouds aren’t watchdogs! They are nuisance barkers and are less likely to be taken notice of when a real threat is present.
•A quiet, intelligent watchdog is the dog intruders need to be wary of, as he is aware of anything out of the ordinary that could be perceived as a threat to your family pack-and will have your immediate attention.
•Barking at passersby that pose no threat to you IS considered nuisance barking.
•It’s never too late to teach your dog to stop barking.
•As they reach maturity, most dogs will naturally protect their owners when needed and where necessary, but a puppy that barks without being stopped is a potential nuisance barker in the making.
•A puppy that barks at his owner when being corrected vocally needs training as soon as possible. He is challenging his owner’s authority, and this could be the making of a dog that becomes more difficult to control as he matures.
Having your dog assessed by a professional to ascertain why your dog is barking should be the first step you take toward permanently changing his behavior and turning him into a more relaxed, happy family member who will be more capable of sounding the alarm appropriately when a real emergency arises.