Barking is a completely natural behaviour in dogs
And it is also how they communicate. Your dog may bark when calling out to other dogs, expressing emotion, being territorial or when it wants your attention.
But sometimes when the bark excessively can be disruptive and of great irritation to neighbours. Excessive barking is often a sign that something may be wrong. And the first step to solving the problem is to determine why your dog is barking.
The most common reasons why my dog is barking
- Protecting territory because different people or other animals within or approaching its territory could be any passerby in the area surrounding its home.
- Fear in reason of fireworks, thunder or any loud noises.
- Physical needs and medical conditions
- Medical conditions – if something is painful, or due to illness or injury.
- Seeking attention.
When you observe your dog, it is easier to find the solution. Once you identify the reason your dog is barking, let’s think about solutions to make your life easy.
Getting your dog accustomed to other dogs and environments is essential for their mental wellness. Doing activities like spending time at the dog park or doggie daycare will make them feel more comfortable in other places.
Providing your dog with frequent exercise can mentally stimulate them and keep them active, which can help prolong their lives and lower the risk of their health issues. Encouraging your dog to chase a ball, frisbee, or another toy can improve their cardiovascular fitness and make them healthier. Some toys keep the dog stimulated and mentally engaged, which can help promote good mental health in addition to physical health.
The first thing you need to do is not shout or yell when your dog is barking. They will only be stimulated and keep barking louder, so speak to them calmly when they are barking. You want to pick a word that your dog will understand. For example, we usually recommend using the word "quiet" when training your dog to stop barking. From there, when your dog starts barking, say "Quiet" in a firm and calm voice then wait for them to stop barking. When they do, congratulate them with a treat and some love.
- Remember, barking is a natural part of every dog's communication.
- Yelling your dog to stop its barking won't make them stop. To reduce the barking, you should first identify the reason for the barking and then teach them an alternative way to communicate or remove what's causing them to bark.
- Be consistent, so your dog does not get confused.
Finally just remember, if these tips aren’t working for your best friend, maybe it is a good idea to look for help from someone qualified.
This post is very important, so we can understand a little about the reactions of dogs.