Honestly, the high-pitched sound of when the dog barks a lot is unbearable. Any little noise or person that arrives the dog barks non-stop, no?
But let’s agree that no one likes it when a dog barks a lot, right?
The list of harms for you is endless, but it has a consequence for your dog – which is probably the most important – that we cannot let happen at all. Your dog is also suffering from barking all the time! Have you thought about it? If your dog barks a lot, he is undoubtedly uncomfortable.
He may not be comfortable with something, or he has a problem (and because he can’t speak, he’s trying to warn you in his way). He may want you to pay attention to him, and that is the way he makes you do it. Or he heard some noise in the yard/lobby on your floor and is trying to warn you that it maybe someone.
You come home much later than you usually do, and your dog barks a lot to make it clear that he missed you in the time you were late. (yeah, they know when we’re late, they get used to our schedules too).
But why does my dog bark much more than usual?
Your dog barks a lot are innumerable, but in the list below we will tell you and explain the most common ones:
Barks of Boredom:
You left your dog in a closed room or at home all day without any toys or exercise. Generally, the dogs that bark the most, for this reason, are the ones that are left in the yard overnight. Or those left at home while the whole family is away. The parents are at work, and the son went to karate, the daughter is still in theater class and nothing about anyone taking care of the furry, right?
Even worse cases happen when the animal lives its whole life like this: with nothing to do. Dogs, as we have repeated in several blog posts here, need physical and mental stimulation. If your dog stays all day with nothing to do, without walks, exercises, games, he is undoubtedly suffering.
Dogs that bark a lot when left alone suffer, possibly from “separation anxiety”. This is a widespread and increasingly recurring problem, but calm! Luckily for you, we have two posts on the subject.
This one explains what separation anxiety is. And this one teaches you how to prevent and stop the behavior in the early stages. If you want to be a more attentive and informed tutor, it’s worth taking a look. If your dog barks a lot, try to spend time with him.
It may be the smallest Chiuauazinho in the world. If he feels that his territory is being threatened, he will become the most prominent watchdog in the world! This behavior is commonly caused by the arrival of other animals at home.
Or when you are walking him, and he sees another dog coming towards you. Or when he is in the yard, and the neighbor’s dog goes out to pee. Even when the innocent little bird lands at your window – because in the dog’s mind it’s just him and no one else can stay there. But also, right, who does this bird think it is to land on your dog’s window?
For him, his territory is sacred, and if he feels that something threatens him, the dog barks a lot! In that case, likely, your dog will not bark at first. He will be on the alert to try to understand and resemble whether the noise or person who has arrived represents a threat to his territory before he gets disheveled.
The famous warning position is straightforward to perceive. He will be all forward, with his tail erect, with his ears fully up and growling low.
Barking to gain attention:
Whether you like it or not, you end up looking or even fighting with your dog when he tries to bark, don’t you? Start to understand: when your dog starts to bark and doesn’t pay attention to him, he comes running and throws a toy in your lap for you to play with.
Or stay in a play position (leaning down with tail wagging). He barks desperately looking at you, starts running between the chairs at the dinner table. This is all to get your attention; after all, you spent the day working, and he did nothing but wait for you to play. Do not fool yourself! As cute as it sounds, this behavior is exceptionally exhausting and bad for your dog and for you.
When he looks at you and barks, don’t pay any attention! He will understand that doing so will not get your attention.
Linked to the territorial bark, this bark starts when the dog feels that someone or something is coming or causing something that, in his mind, will not be good. Because of the postman, because of the neighbor, because of the building manager, because of his 7-year-old niece arriving and making the most significant noise in the elevator lobby.
Your neighbor chose just the time that your dog was in the service area to throw the garbage away and made the “biggest” (not even that loud) noise with the stair door slamming, or because of the dog from the house on the side that came out in the yard to play a little.
Just like the territorial bark, it is likely that your dog will not bark at first. He will likely be on the alert to try to understand and resemble whether the noise or the person who arrived is a threat before he gets out of control.
The very famous alert position is elementary: he will be all forward, with his tail erect, with his ears fully up and growling very low.
“Hi” bark / Happiness:
Like barking to gain attention, your dog, as soon as he hears you turning the key in the door, will run away wherever he is. And soon, it will start barking before you can even open the door. And when you finally open it, it will bark even louder and jump around like popcorn. You remembered yesterday when you got home, right? We too!