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Excessive Barking A Very Common Problem

Excessive barking in dogs is both common and frustrating

Dogs bark, it is a natural (for dogs) means of communication.  Barking not only varies in pitch depending on what the dog is trying to tell us, a dog will also bark for a number of different reasons and situations.  Whilst dog barking is perfectly normal, excessive barking is not and often denotes raised stress levels and/or OCD type behaviours which need to be treated, if not for your sake, sanity and hearing but that of your neighbours.

Dogs Bark For The Following Reasons:

Territorial or Protective, Alarm or Fear, Boredom or Loneliness, Greeting or Play, Attention Seeking, Separation Anxiety, Compulsive Barking
Treating excessive barking is not as simple as just shouting at the dog.  All shouting does is stimulate the dog to simply bark louder and besides, most dogs don’t know what you want or mean when you’re telling them to “shut up”.

How To Treat Excessive Barking

Do not be tempted to treat this behaviour by using either an electric or anti-bark collar, they will not address the underlying reason for the problem.  And besides, inducing pain and fear onto our dogs has the potential to cause further behavioural issues.  Positive reinforcement methods will not increase the chances of problematic behaviours developing and will promote a desire to respond and enhance the relationship between owners and their dogs.

As with treating most unwanted behaviours, getting a dog to bark less takes time, practise and consistency.  Don’t be fooled that it will change overnight because it won’t, but it will get better with time. 

At Living With Wolves, we diagnose the root cause of the excessive barking and then show you how to correct the behaviour.  With your perseverance and patience, a return to peace and quiet will be your reward.