Dog Barking
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Written by Dr. Anna
Updated over a week ago

Barking is a normal behavior for your dog, but it could indicate another thing your dog wants to inform you about when it is excessive.

There are many reasons for excessive barking in dogs, such as excitement, boredom, frustration, seeking attention, hunger, or having an unseen injury or illness.

Here are some solutions for managing the reasons for excessive barking:

  • Boredom-related barking:

Physical stimulation, such as exercise and playtime, and mental stimulation, such as training, scent games, and interactive puzzle feeders, can help reduce boredom-related barking.

Analyze your dog’s daily routine to identify times of excessive barking and introduce activities and training to address it.

  • Seeking attention:

Ignore your dog when they bark for attention and remain still and silent. Once they stop, calmly praise them and give them the attention they were looking for.

Reward your dog when they are naturally quiet on its own.

Giving attention when your dog barks will encourage the behavior.

  • Frustration:

Keep your dog away from any stress factors they don’t like, such as loud noise, crowds, or strangers.

Try to calm your dog in these moments by giving them treats and interacting with them to attract their attention away from the source of stress or fear.

  • Hunger:

Dogs may bark when they’re hungry as a way of asking for food, so make sure to give your dog a suitable number of meals according to its breed and age with the appropriate amount of food.

  • Having an unseen injury or illness:

If your dog is not barking for any of the above reasons after you have tried these solutions, this may be a sign of a hidden illness your dog is facing.

A vet visit should be the solution to finding the illness and making sure it’s not a life-threatening issue.

In most cases of excessive dog barking, taking your dog to a dog psychologist or dog trainer will help modify this behavior and introduce more solutions to understand and control your dog's reactions.

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