Why Dogs Bark - vocal communication
Barking is one type of vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean different things depending on the situation.
Here are some reasons why dogs bark
Alarm or Fear:
Some dogs bark at any noise or object that catches their attention or startles them. This can happen anywhere, not just in their home territory.
Dogs often bark when they want something, such as going outside, playing, or getting a treat.
Boredom or Loneliness:
Dogs are pack animals. Dogs left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, can become bored or sad and often will bark because they are unhappy.
Greeting or Play:
Dogs often bark when greeting people or other animals. It’s usually a happy bark, accompanied with tail wags and sometimes jumping.
Separation Anxiety or Compulsive Barking:
Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone. They also usually exhibit other symptoms as well, such as pacing, destructiveness, depression, and inappropriate elimination. Compulsive barkers seem to bark just to hear the sound of their voices. They also often make repetitive movements as well, such as running in circles or along a fence.
Territorial or Protective:
When a person or an animal comes into an area your dog considers his territory, that often triggers excessive barking. As the threat gets closer, the barking often gets louder. Your dog will look alert and even aggressive during this type of barking.
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Spend Time with Your Dog
Dogs are very social animals and need regular interaction
Some dogs howl because they’re lonely, especially if they’re left alone or kept outside for many hours at a time. Dogs, like humans, are very social animals and need regular interaction with their human families. If your dog howls often when by himself, you may need to spend more quality time together. Bring him inside more often, play games and take walks with him. Take him to a fun training class that focuses on rewarding good behavior. When you must leave your dog home alone for more than a few minutes, be sure to give him plenty of toys and attractive chew items to enjoy by himself.