6 Reasons Why My Dog Barks

Why My Dog Barks


We all wonder sometimes about why my dog barks. Your dog barks as a type of vocal communication between you and your dog or dog to dog communication. Every bark your dog makes can mean a variety of things, here are 6 reasons why your dog barks.

1. Greeting and play

It is very common for your dog to bark when greeting people, inside your home when someone comes over or outside at a dog park meeting other canine companions. It is important to understand what type of bark it is, protective, or happy. If it’s a happy bark it can usually be accompanied by a happy wagging tail!

2. Attention Seeking

Your dog loves to bark when it really wants something from you, going outside to play, have a washroom break, or time to dig for that bone. Your dog will bark when playing or wanting that tasty treat that you give your canine. This type of barking is really great way to get to know your canine and it’s needs, so listen up!

3. Territorial or Protective

This type of barking is triggered when someone or something comes into an area your dog considers it’s territory. This type of barking can be excessive and you may even notice the tuft of hair standing up on your canines neck. A lot of us have dogs that make us feel safe at home so some alarm barking is tolerated but don’t let this go to far, calm your dog down and give some reassurance with a calm voice and a soft pat on the dogs back. This type of barking doesn’t just occur at home it can happen anywhere.

4. Alarm or Fear

Dogs will bark when they hear any noise or objects that catchs their attention or startles them. Dogs can get very spooked just like we can, some dogs get scared in thunder and lightning storms. Your canine will bury themselves in their bed just like our kids or even us adults do lol!

5. Boredom & Loneliness

Dogs are pack animals. Dogs that are left alone for long periods of time, either outside in the yard in the comfort of the home, they will become lonely, sad, and board and bark to get someones attention or just because they are unhappy.

6. Separation Anxiety & Compulsive Barking

Dogs that have separation anxiety will bark excessively when left alone. They will often exhibit other symptoms as well such as depression, pacing, destructiveness, and inappropriate elimination. Compulsive barkers are even known to bark just to hear the sound of their own voices. Dogs with this type of disorder can often be seen pacing up and down the fence repeatedly, running in circles and even chasing their tail.

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