You know, those barking dogs. Probably blood-irritating, but there must be a reason why he is barking. Does your dog’s barking mean nothing at all or does he want to make something clear to you? Barking can mean different things to a dog. Learn to understand your dog and find out what he wants when he barks.
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What is the reason for dogs barking?
A dog is not just something that you buy and then put down somewhere for decoration. A dog knows feelings and emotions. We humans often express our emotions by talking, yelling, or crying. A dog can’t just start talking, but what a dog can do is bark and barking can be a form of expressing an emotion. We, humans, find that barking often but irritating and punish the dog for barking. Only that punishment is counterproductive. People don’t understand the dog and that leads to confusion on both sides.
A dog, therefore, barks to a large extent to express its emotion, but a dog can also bark through learned behavior. If a dog wants to go outside and starts barking, he’s probably barking because he knows his owner is getting up to open the door for him. That learned barking can be unlearned, but you have to be able to see the difference between learned barking and barking from an emotion. So it’s important to know the reason for the barking before correcting or ignoring it.
If you want your dog to stop barking, you might as well get rid of your dog, but you can reduce the barking. You will first need to understand why your dog is barking, what is the situation and who/what is the dog barking at? A dog has many different types of barking:
- Cheerful barking, the barking often happens in different moments and sometimes a kind of beeping sound can be heard in between.
- Be careful barking, the barking is sharp and heavy, sometimes the dog still lets out a slight growl.
- Frightened bark, the dog barks high and often for long moments, this barking can turn into howling.
- Protection bark, the dog growls low and a short bark is heard.
- Frustration bark, the barking continues for a long time, is always the same high and the bark is lower than normal.
- Learned bark, the dog barks in moments of about three barks, barks in a normal tone, looks around and barks again.
- Playful bark, the dog stutters while barking and barks in a high-pitched tone.
The name says it all: the dog is cheerful and happy. They like to express their emotion because we do that too when we are happy. You may be screaming with joy, your dog barking with joy, being enthusiastic and running in circles, or running around the house. How can you punish your dog for being happy when you get home? You don’t have to punish him, but you can gradually teach him to bark a few times and then sit down when you get home.
The dog sees, smells, or hears a danger and wants to let you know with its bark that you have to watch out. The dog is likely to go where it senses the danger. Be grateful that your dog sees danger and reward him or let him know with a pat or a pat that you have seen the danger so that he no longer has a reason to bark.
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scared dogs bark
No matter how tough and strong your dog is, he can always be afraid of something. If your dog is scared, he will show it by barking. The dog will be restless and the body position of the dog is low and backward. Approach the dog calmly and let him know that there is nothing to be afraid of and if there is, protect your dog.
protection dogs bark
Dogs can find people, animals, smells, or other various things a threat to themselves or their owner. With a protective bark, the dogs let them know that whatever poses the threat must watch out for him. He directs his protective bark specifically at whatever poses the threat and will approach it quickly and with short strides.
Frustration dogs Bark
Dogs can be happy and express that, but dogs can also be frustrated. They can get frustrated being tied up by a rope or back in that too-small kennel. The frustration bark is especially annoying for people, you can compare it with the crying of a child. You would rather hear a child’s laughter than cry. The dog indicates that he does not feel comfortable in this situation.
learned dogs bark
The dog barks for attention and often gets it from the owner. When a dog barks, you react quickly. The dog interprets this again with the thought ‘when I bark I get attention from my owner’, ‘when I bark he opens the door for me’. Learned behavior can be stopped by ignoring it because getting angry is also a reward for the dog; after all, he gets attention.
Playful dogs bark
The dog sounds cheerful, you hear a high-pitched bark. The dog is focused on what is being played with. He can wag his tail and walk happily back and forth. Playing makes a dog happy and that can lead to expressing emotions. That is why it is good for a dog to bark happily while playing.
So it’s important to find out what’s causing your dog’s barking. You have to react differently to each bark to help or correct it. So what you should not do is punish your dog for barking. Teach him things so he can express his emotion differently, or make sure he gains self-control by training with him.