Dogs bark, it’s a fact. However, when the barking becomes excessive and annoying, it is time for you to become the true leader of the pack. However, before applying a no-bark rule in your home, it is important that you first find out why your best animal friend is barking excessively. After all, there really is no way you can fix the problem if you don’t take care of the root. The good news is that it is very easy to determine why dogs are barking excessively.
Your dog is bored
Dogs are living things and they are very intelligent, which you probably already know. Like humans, they get bored and easily depressed once they get caught up in a routine that they have to deal with on a daily basis. Once this happens, they will try to express their frustration by constantly barking and sometimes destroying their flower beds. In short, barking is a way for your dogs to release stress and frustration. One way to help your dog release some pent-up energy is to break his daily routine. If you don’t take him for an afternoon walk, start doing it. It would also be helpful to give her some accessories that she can play with when you are not around. Sometimes a simple toy is enough to keep him happy and distracted for hours.
Your dog seeks attention
If you start to notice that your dog is barking excessively, ask yourself if you’ve paid enough attention to it in the last few days or weeks. Barking is usually a dog’s way of getting the attention of its owner. If you’ve been stuck at work lately and haven’t been able to spend more time with your pet, it’s a possible reason why your dog is barking incessantly. Obviously the best way to deal with this is to find time for your dog. Let your dog know that you have not forgotten. At the same time, however, let your dog realize that barking will not help him get his attention. If he barks excessively, don’t reward him with your attention. If he stops barking and remains calm and quiet, now is the time to praise him.
Your dog is being territorial
Some dogs easily distinguish visitors from intruders, but most do not. If your dog barks at the postman or neighbor who visits your home, it is simply because he is trying to protect his territory. This is natural dog behavior, but it can be a problem if the dog doesn’t distinguish actual intruders from guests or passersby. A good way to deal with this is to introduce your dog to the neighbors. You, your neighbors, or guests can give him treats if he behaves properly. However, at the same time, do not ignore your dog’s barking as it may be a valid distress call.
Your dog is trying to communicate
Barking is the main means of communication in dogs, so if your dog barks, it simply means that he is trying to convey something. Dogs sometimes bark as a way to communicate with other dogs or with you as the owner. It can bark for many different reasons, so always find out the reason behind the barking first before acting. Are you barking out of boredom or frustration? Is it trying to warn you against an intruder? However, does he just want to get your attention? It would also be a good idea to take your dog to the vet to make sure his constant barking is not the result of some medical problem.