6 Causes of Dog Barking Problems
Dog barking problems occur frequently in households with pets.
Barking is a natural response of dogs; it is a way of
communication. Some people interpret barking as a sign of alert
and aggression, but in fact, dog barking can have other causes
A dog uses barking as a self-identification method. This is a
means of communication among dogs. Barking can let the other
dogs know who he is and how far he is located.
2. Alert Barking
Dogs are famous for being able to alert their owners about
diverse events: the presence of a stranger or territorial
intrusion. This is known as territorial or alert barking and the
dog typically starts with a growl and this develops into loud
Barking Dogs may bark when they want to draw attention on
themselves or on something that is going on: a car arriving,
mail, unusual noises, cats, children playing, etc. This is
different than territorial barking: the dog barks a few times
and waits for some attention or action to be taken.
Typically, the dog barks to seek attention if there are
people around; attention seeking barking is more frequent in
mature dogs that have developed awareness of their surroundings.
4. Excitement and Playful Barking
Dogs can communicate their excitement by barking. If you play
with him he might request a treat by barking.
If he is excited about something, he might also bark.
This is a friendly behavior and the barking stops after you
have administrated a treat or offered some attention to your
5. Barking to Signal Needs
A dog may realize that by barking he can signal his need of
food and affection or when he wants to go outside. So, he will
be sitting in front of the food bowl and barking when he feels
hungry or barking in front of the door when he wants to go
outside. This behavior is similar to the attention-seeking
6. Anxiety and Stress
Dogs may bark if they are under stress or if they suffer from
The stress may be induced by different factors or diseases,
so it might be a good idea to visit a vet. Also, try to help
your dog accommodate to the possible changes that may have
If the dog is left by himself for too long, he will start
barking out of boredom or anxiety.
How to Stop Excessive Barking
Excessive barking may be problematic for dog owners; it is
noisy and may disturb the neighbors.
It is important to detect the cause of the barking so as to
be able to find a suitable solution.
Obedience training may solve the problem. Calming down and
distracting the dog are frequent methods used to stop the
barking when a stimulus that induces barking occurs.
Go to the vet to establish if there are any medical reasons
for your dog’s barking.
Stress and anxiety may be solved by offering more attention
to your pet or sometimes with therapy and medication.
There are also different types of bark collars that can
correct your dog’s behavior.
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