Why Dogs Bark and How to Handle It

Dog bark

Dog bark illustration (picture credits to angryjogger.com)

Barking is one of dog behavior and the way they communicate. Every breed of dog has different behavior on barking. There are several types of dog barks more easily than other types. Terriers, for example, they bark if there is the slightest provocation, while Siberian husky is rare barking, or Basenji barks with high and low tones (some said that Basenji is the only dog breed that doesn’t bark). And in some ways, a dog’s bark excessively can interfere and sometime become a problem for neighborhood.

There are many causes of dog barking and it is important to know the cause of each case. The tone and pattern of the bark can help to understand the reason why they are barking; excitement, boredom, angry, cautious, scared, etc. Some dogs are very sensitive, they often bark when they hear loud noises, a visitor or any person or dog passing through the house. Dogs that behave like this should not be distracted as they are sensitive by giving them bone or toy and give them a warm bed.

Usually, when the owners are going, the dog would bark after they left and can last long with a monotonous tone. This may be because the dog was restless because of parting with his master. If you want to leave the dog at home, preferably before going, take the dogs to walk around and play until they are exhausted.

How to prevent the problem of dog’s barking:

1. Provide training on quiet commands
2. A new home puppy or dog have to socialize with many kind of unusual environment and sounds as often as possible and give a compliment or reward if they are calm.
3. Divert his attention by giving the command to sit or lie down and give the food reward or compliment.

Punishment is not the best method since barking is a normal behavior. It’s the only way the are communicating. Can you imagine a silent dog who never barks?

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