10 Most Common Reasons Why Dogs Bark

This post is part of the series 10 Reasons Why Dogs Bark and How to get the to Stop Barking

Other posts in this series:

  1. 10 Most Common Reasons Why Dogs Bark (Current)
  2. Attention & Demand Barking: How to End it
  3. Play Barking and Excitement Barking in Dogs: How to Curb the Barking

Why does my dog bark constantly? I get asked this question constantly.  Unfortunately, it’s not a simple answer.  There are lots of reasons why dogs bark, not just one.  And with lots of reasons, come many different solutions to stop the barking.

First, let’s go over the main reasons that cause dogs to bark.  Then we’ll talk about the solutions for getting your dog to be quieter.

Why Dogs Bark

  1. Attention:  Lots of dogs bark simply wanting attention.  Or rather demanding attention.
  2. Demanding: Your dog barks when he wants something. Food, toys, wanting to go outside, etc.
  3. Play Barking: This is the most common reason why dogs bark at our house.  Playtime gets noisy here, very noisy.
  4. Territorial: A lot of time the reason why dogs bark is because someone or something enters what the dog considers his territory.
  5. Excitement: We all know that dogs get excited over anything and everything.  So if you have a dog that barks when he or she is excited, it can seem like they are constantly barking.
  6. Alarm: Dogs often bark when they’re startled by something.  That’s one of the few reasons that our long-term foster dog, Snuggie, barks.  Being deaf, she startles easily.
  7. Fear: When the reason a dog is barking is fear, they often sound quite menacing.  They’re also trying to scare off whatever it was that scared them in the first place.
  8. Boredom: A dog that’s left alone all day, with nothing to do, will often bark as a way to entertain themselves.  It’s often just a repetitive bark.
  9. Frustration:  The ball rolls under the couch, and your dog starts to bark at it.  He’s frustrated because he can’t reach his toy.
  10. Separation Distress: In our house, it’s more of a howl.  They’re letting us know that they don’t like to be left alone.  It’s not the same as true separation anxiety though.  It’s milder and more manageable.

Do you know why your dog barks?

Now that we’ve gone over the 10 most common reasons why dogs bark, do you recognize the reason for your dog’s barking?

Over the next few posts, we’ll talk about how to get your dog to stop barking.

This post is part of the series 10 Reasons Why Dogs Bark and How to get the to Stop Barking

Other posts in this series:

  1. 10 Most Common Reasons Why Dogs Bark (Current)
  2. Attention & Demand Barking: How to End it
  3. Play Barking and Excitement Barking in Dogs: How to Curb the Barking

 

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