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how to control excessive barking in dogs

how to control excessive barking in dogs.

September 4, 2023

a dog that barks too much is a pet parent’s biggest nightmare! 😪


sure, it’s adorable when our furry kids try to have conversations with us — after all, barking is one of the many aspects of doggie language!


but it isn’t as cute when the neighbors come complaining. (yikes! 🥵) 


even more troubling is your dog barking at night. it’s like a late-night concert where the whole neighborhood is the (unwilling) audience. while we have some idea about why we hear loud dog barking at night from stray furries, it can leave us scratching our heads to see our own pets — wrapped up in the comforts of home with ample food, water, and personal space — barking for no apparent reason. 


why aggressive dog barking is a harmful habit for pets    


while loud dog barking can be a menace for people around, most importantly, it is a distressing experience for your pet too. it can make the pet parent sad to see their poor furbaby trying to communicate unsuccessfully. always remember: a dog doesn’t bark without reason. 🐶 


aggressive dog barking can lead to heightened levels of stress hormones, resulting in long-term health issues such as hypertension and weakened immune systems. moreover, it can strain the bond between dogs and their owners, eroding trust and causing emotional distance. this is especially concerning as dogs are social animals that thrive on positive human interaction.


here are a few reasons behind excessive and loud dog barking and what to do about it: 


  1. communication: loud dog barking or puppy barking could be a form of communication — your pet trying to tell you something. barking is also a vital tool for dogs to establish their territory and ward off potential intruders. by announcing their presence audibly, they deter perceived threats and maintain a sense of security in their surroundings. dogs may bark to alert their parents about perceived threats, strangers, or unfamiliar sounds. can’t complain about this kind of useful barking that keeps intruders away! 💪 


  1. separation anxiety: When left alone for long periods, a dog may develop separation anxiety. dogs with separation anxiety may exhibit excessive barking as a manifestation of their fear, loneliness, and stress. the impact of separation anxiety on dogs can be profound. persistent loud dog barking intensifies the dog's anxiety, potentially leading to health problems like elevated stress hormones and gastrointestinal issues. plus, the emotional strain can affect the human-canine bond. while there are ways to keep a pet busy when you’re not home, as a responsible pet parent, one must spend as much time as they can with their furbaby. 💕


  1. boredom: Sometimes, your dog may turn naughty and bark excessively out of boredom. barking becomes their way of expressing their restlessness and seeking attention or stimulation. think of it as their version of saying, "Hey, I need something more exciting to do!" Boredom barking can manifest in various forms – from alerting you to every little noise to demanding playtime through persistent barks. dogs crave interaction and mental engagement. when they lack these, they resort to barking to break the monotony. to stop dog barking, it’s important to keep pets mentally stimulated and engaged with toys or training – here are some fun tips! 🎾  


  1. Attention-seeking: dogs quickly learn that barking can get them attention from their owners and if one encourages this behavior, they may continue barking for attention even when it is undesirable. Attention-seeking dog barking or puppy barking isn't just about noise; it's about connection. dogs are social animals that thrive on interaction with their human companions. when they feel lonely or overlooked, they use their vocal prowess to reel you back into their world. to address attention-seeking barking, it's essential to strike a balance between acknowledging their need for interaction and setting boundaries. 😏


  1. territorial behavior: Dogs may bark excessively to defend their perceived boundaries from others in their personal zone. step back and give your pet some space to calm down. dogs have a natural instinct to protect their perceived territory, which can include their home, yard, or even the people they consider part of their pack. proper socialization and behavioral training can help dogs understand appropriate boundaries and distinguish between real threats and everyday occurrences. 🐾


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