Understanding Your Dog’s Bark

Dogs have been best friends to humans for many years, and when I say many I mean thousands. In 2015 Smithsonianmag.com posted an article which stated that, “instead of pinning domestication at about 11,000 to 16,000 years, new genetic evidence suggestions they may have split from wolves 27,000 to 40,000 years ago”. Even though they have been domesticated for so long, there are still things that dogs will do, because they are animals. Barking is an example of one of those things. Some dogs bark incessantly, and well, it can be annoying. There is the possibility that those dogs are not trained well, but in some cases, it is just the breed of dog. I found this article from Reader’s Digest on breeds that bark the most. There are other reason for barking too, fear, anxiety, loneliness, attention seeking, and protection to name a few.

 

We can’t and should not just punish a dog for barking. There are several things you can do to help prevent the problem, provided you know the issue is occurring, before your neighbors complain. I found the following helpful tips on the Stanislaus County Animal Services website:

 

-Increase your dog’s aerobic activity, such as walking and playing fetch.

-Providing your do with toys while alone to keep them occupied.

 

-Leaving a radio or TV on.

 

-Keeping your dog away from traffic and other distractions.

 

-Install a doggie door so it can go in and out.

 

-And if your dog is a night barker, give them a late-night meal, to help make it drowsy, allowing it to sleep more during the night.

 

While we don’t want our dogs to stop barking all together, we do want them barking for the right reasons. Here is an article on the one and only Ceasar Millan, The Dog Whisperer’s, website to help train your dog on barking for the right reasons. Bottom line, you need to make sure you are the leader of the pack with your dog. That has been the common thread with everything I have read. Speak to your dog calmly, and appreciate the protection your dog is providing for you.

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