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Excessive Barking: What It Means and How To Cope

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Well love our dogs but when they bark…the noise can get quite irritating and it can quickly get out of hand. But thankfully you can stop excessive barking! In this article we talk about why dogs bark. And how to address loud yapping and barking so you can finally relax when the door bell goes!

A dog excessive barking is bothersome especially if you dwell in apartments, or you’re to work and your neighbors are complaining. Let’s face it we love our dogs but sometime endless barking will get to the best of us.

So instead of tolerating your dog’s vocalization you can choose to look at it more constructively. Consider your dog is trying to communicate with you. Once you understand  what they are saying you can cope with and control excessive barking, and then take steps to remove the cause.

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Why It’s Important to Understand Your Dogs Barking

Before you can stop excessive barking it’s important to understand why dogs bark. Watching your dog is fascinating, and if you can spend some time watching your dog, you’ll find you will to learn a lot about the different barks. And understand why he’s using them. Once you can learn to recognize these barks and then pair them with the circumstances in which they typically occur, you can help your dog stop excessive barking more easily.

Why Do Dogs Bark

There are many reasons dogs bark, below are some of the most common reasons :

Boredom is a Major Cause of a Canine’s Barking

This is a major problem for a lot of dogs. Some can handle being by themselves for long periods of time (for example, the average working day). But the truth is that it’s really hard on most dogs. Barking is something your dog will do to relieve their boredom, and to give himself something to do.

A dog whose barking out of boredom or loneliness will usually do so repetitively and with little alteration in frequency, tone, or volume. There is plenty you can do to stop excessive barking of this kind by keeping you dog active.

Potty Time – Dogs Bark to Tell You Their Needs

Most dogs will show their need to go outside by pacing, circling, sniffing the ground, and whining. Many of them will sit by the door or pace restlessly back and forth. This is, if they are not new to the home. The type of bark that accompanies this behavior is usually a single short, sharp imperative. And they’ll repeat if you don’t take action the first time round.

This is a good thing that he is telling you about potty time. A good schedule can help with this. And if you have adopted a rescue dog, or have a new puppy here are some tips as you need to get your new dog familiar with their new home and create a schedule for them.

Dinner-time (or something else)

This is similar to the toilet-call bark. The motive is similar and your dog is trying to tell you something. He will probably be racing around energetically, maybe come and give you ‘a look’. And then interspersing the barks with little pleading whines and jumps.

Barking With Excitement

Excited barking is an expression of joy. When it’s walkie time, he is greeting you when you come home or like playtime. These are times when your dog’s happy about something and needs to let the world know.

You should be able to tell by the circumstances and his body language. Dog will wave their tails, mouth open and panting, front elbows touching the ground, rear end up in the air). Dog barking is a happy barking and is also higher-pitched than usual. You can feel a dog’s excitement with their friendly stance and playful bark.

These are good barks. However there are times when it may be inappropriate and you need to stop the barking if it becomes excessive (say if your working from home or not quite ready). Additionally when you teach your dog to stay calm, they are easier to train to stop barking, jumping up and other such commands.

Warning Barks

Warning barking – is almost always a deep husky baying noise – your dog is trying to make himself sound bigger and meaner than he actually might be.

Even the smaller breeds, which are physically incapable of producing anything more menacing than shrill yapping, will lower their tone as much as possible. This is usually accompanied with raised hackles, and a tense “I-dare-you” posture: and pulling forward. With their tail stiff and twitching, ears pointing forward or back.

What to Do Next for Unwanted Barking?

Sufficient exercise and companionship take care of about 95% of irritating-barking cases. If your dog’s still barking after you’ve ruled out the obvious, you’ll need to employ some tried-and-true tactics for controlling this habit.

Tips to Stop Excessive Barking

Below are a few ways to help stop excessive barking habits.

1. Never reward barking. You need to teach him that barking is no longer an effective communication tool. If you dog is barking, he must get no attention – period – until he stops. Don’t touch him, talk to him, feed him, or look at him

2. Teach the “enough” command. When your dog starts to bark, break his attention quickly: call him to you, and say firmly “Quiet”. The moment he stops barking, use positive reinforcement.

3. Remember to allow him to vent: you can’t expect your dog to stop barking altogether. You need to be realistic and allow him the chance to get a few good barks out before you quiet him.

4. You need to redirect his energy into a different channel. Tell him to “quiet”, and then get him to sit or lie down. It’s important that you give him something else to do. Treat him when he obeys you.

5. If your dog barks “at you” immediately after you’ve given him a command, then you have some dominance training to do. Read up on canine communication and the concept of alpha status.

About The Authors

Daniel Stevens is the renowned dog trainer and author of Secrets to Dog Training: STOP Dog Behavior Problems!, one of the leading dog training guides on the market today selling over 25,743 copies (and counting). And, he currently heads the Kingdom of Pets dog training team.

Martin Olliver has over 12 years experience in dog training and is a proud member of the Kingdom of Pets team. He is the author of the newly released Ultimate Guide to House Training.

Concluding How to Stop Excessive Barking Habits

Once you know why your dog is barking it’s easier to teach them how to stop barking. With the right training for both your and your canine stopping unwanted dog barking is easier than you think.

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