My dog barks a lot and for different reasons, I think. Some barking is acceptable, but at other times it is not; barking at night is particularly difficult to live with. It became hard for me to recognize the meaning of his barking, which led me to research about different kinds of barking so that I will know what he is trying to tell me. It is very important for us dog-owners to know all types of barking so that we will understand them more clearly.
Sometimes my dog does the alert barking. This type of bark lets me know that my dog has heard or seen something unusual. In defensive barking, my dog wants something he is afraid of to go away. On the other hand, the so-called attention barking simply wants to get my attention. In addition, there is frustration barking, wherein my dog gets frustrated, stressed or confused. Finally, there is boredom barking, wherein he just wants to amuse himself and me as well.
Now that I have differentiated my dog’s barking it is now time for me to evaluate and analyze the situation on why he keeps on doing it. Dealing with my dog’s barking is not that easy, I have to look at the whole picture. I became worried when I found out that barking might be a sign of a much bigger problem like stress, fear or boredom. If I will be able to fix the problem, the signs will likely totally disappear. However, if I just treat the signs, the main problem might just appear again in a different way, which may become worse than the first problem. I found this helpful article detailing some solutions to stop my dog’s barking.
In contrary, my dog’s barking is not always symptomatic of some hidden problems. Often times, it is his way of communicating with me. He might want to say “I am hungry!”, “There is someone at the door!” etc.
As a responsible dog owner, it is my responsibility to listen to my dog so that I can address the main issue immediately and for us to have a good communication with each other. Then after knowing what he really wants to convey, I can now determine if his barking is necessary or not, especially, if he does it intentionally and excessively. Perhaps I can train him to use another type of communication besides barking like wagging his tail or licking my feet. It has become my sole responsibility to know the most appropriate response in all kinds of situation.