Basic Training

The 6 Reasons Dogs Bark (And How to Make Them Stop!)



All dogs, with the exception of a few unique breeds, bark.

Despite this fact, many people tend to get irritated when dogs vocalize by barking, usually because they have little understanding as to why and when dogs bark. Many interpret barking as a negative sign- that a dog is dominant, aggressive, is poorly behaved, or lacks training.

Because barking dogs are so often misunderstood, the human reaction to a dog’s bark is often irritability, anger, nervousness – all reactions that are not only counterproductive to silencing a barking dog, but that can actually make problem barking worse.

In order to effectively address a dog’s barking, owners must first understand why it’s happening.

Table of Contents:

Barking is a Form of Communication!
How Dogs Communicate
When Barking is Problematic
Understanding Your Dog’s Barking
The 6 Types of Barking (and how to deal with each)
1. Excitement Barking
2. Warning Barking
3. Fear Barking
4. Guard Barking
5. Frustration Barking
6. Learned Barking
Beyond the Bark: Other Vocal Expressions
Things to Remember

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  1. Pingback: How to Stop a Dog from Barking - LabradorTrainingHQ

  2. Ben

    Dec 25, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Noreen dogs are nocturnal, although they have been domesticated by human beings however they have many similarities with their closest cousins – wolves. Activity including barking can increase during night since basic traits and basic features make them do that. The best you can do for your dog and your grand daughter is to get your dog a few activities in the daytime so that he is tired dozes off in the night for that take help of dummies for dog training. Besides change the lighting pattern of the place where your dog is at night and observe which lights soothe him not to bark.

  3. noreen

    Oct 21, 2016 at 1:47 am

    My 3 year old labrador retreaver barks at night a short as i call it a call bark have tried talking, hand signals leaving him but he eventually stops for a while then starts up again. He sleeps outside has since 9 months old, cannot come indoors as my son is allergic to dog hair, i think he is lonley i have to stay with him and do treat him to keep him quiet i know its wrong but i have to keep him quiet or he wakes my 2 year old granddaughter up. During the day he is quiet or barks to let me know someone is there i am more than frustrated, i understand he must listen but he will not be able to stay. I play with him during the day and give him as much attention as possible, any suggestions.

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