Barking is a way that dogs can communicate to one another. They use this vocal interaction to tell others, as well as their owners, that perhaps they are scared, bored, want attention or are warning strangers to not get too close to their territory. Below we will discuss the reasons why some dogs bark and how to stop it.
Separation Anxiety: Dogs with separation anxiety may bark excessively as soon as they are separated from their owner or left alone. Many of these dogs also exhibit destructive behaviors, such as chewing the blinds or furniture, when left alone. A good option to try for these pups is dog daycare. Dog daycare will give them the stimulation and attention they need and will keep them happy and entertained while pet parents are away.
Boredom: Some dogs may just be barking to show their annoyance at how bored there are at that given time. A great way to curb this behavior is to take them on a walk, go to the dog park, or try giving them a new toy.
Territorial: Often dogs will bark to warn strangers to stay away from their property. Most owners do not usually mind this as their dogs almost act as a security system. The issues start to form when the dogs continue to bark long after said stranger has already passed. Or they are so overwhelmed by anyone other their owners being in the house they consistently bark. Situations like these or similar to these, warrant getting a professional dog trainer involved. Our own dog trainer visits such areas as Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Sante Fe and Del Mar.
Attention Seekers: Many pets, dare I say it, are beyond loved and beyond spoiled. These spoiled fur babies will use their barking power to entice you to pay attention to them or even share your food with them. For these pups try the penny in can trick with the correction quite. Also try not to give in to their every whim; they will be ok if they can’t share your dinner and must eat their kibble instead.
If all else fails, seek help from a professional dog trainer. They will be able to help pinpoint why your dog is barking and give you the proper guidance and knowledge in correcting the behavior. For more information on dog training please visit our website www.pawcommons.com or call us at (760) 452-4166.