There are a few answers to the question “Why do dogs bark?” While there are a range of reasons why dogs bark, some with more complex answers, here are a few of the common reasons why dogs bark.
First of all, there are two types of barking: the type of barking when your dog is playing and having fun and the type of barking when your dog is misbehaving. When your dog is barking and having fun, some level of barking is okay and even healthy. When your dog is barking in an aggressive or improper manner, it needs to be addressed.
First off, when in this situation, you do not want to pet your dog and treat him lovingly to try and ease him to stop barking. When owners do this, it gives your dog the physical acknowledgement that barking is okay. Some dogs may even perceive that they are being rewarded for barking.
Some people say that if a dog is barking, it’s because the dog wants you to know that there are bad things going on in its life. This makes sense to me as well. But is that really the case? My experience has been that most dogs bark when they’re bored or annoyed, because it’s fun and they feel like being involved.
Let’s face it, when a dog barks, it’s more than likely to get attention from other people who may be walking by. A cute little doggie is just doing its job!
If you’re using a dog collar to train your dog, there’s a good chance that you’re sending the wrong message. I’ve had several dogs whose master’s leash was too short, so the dog would develop anxiety and start barking. This is a pet owner’s worst nightmare.
The best approach to training your dog is to have a strong leadership position with your dog. If you’re dominant and be the alpha dog in the household, then you should be the alpha dog over the dog. By being the alpha dog, you make the dog take orders from you. And you are the best decision maker.
Dogs also seem to like playing tug-of-war. It’s a good game, so there’s nothing wrong with it. I’ve had dogs that were the center of attention when I played tug-of-war.
Dogs bark when they’re bored or have something to do. And when they don’t have anything to do, they need someone to tell them to stop barking.