Basic Training

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

2. Warning Barking:

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A warning bark is one of the more rare types of barks heard by pet parents. It is typically a single short, sharp “woof” meant to give warning about a particular threat, most commonly followed by the dog retreating or leaving the scene if they are able.

Unfortunately, humans very rarely understand this communication from their dog which often leads to the dog becoming frustrated and, in turn, continuing to bark more, particularly if they are on leash or contained in the home or yard where they cannot escape the perceived threat.

How to stop warning barking:

Because a warning bark is typically a single bark, and your dog’s way of announcing a perceived threat, it’s not necessarily a bark you want to stop. However, you should acknowledge this bark and deal with the threat to avoid it evolving into the problematic fear or aggressive barking that most commonly follows.

Do not punish or reprimand a warning bark – this is very important. If a dog learns that a warning bark is not allowed, he’ll skip the warning and go straight to reacting to the threat. To address a warning bark, the owner should show the dog that he understands the message by taking responsibility in dealing with the threat.

Calmly place yourself between the dog and the source of the threat. This action is a visual cue to the dog that his warning bark was understood. Then, quickly remove either the dog or the source of the threat to prevent it from escalating into something more serious.

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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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