How do I get my dog to stop barking?


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Common Reasons for Dog Barking

It is natural for dogs to bark, whine and howl at times. Dogs vocalize to communicate with humans and express themselves. Sometimes we want our dogs to bark to warn us of potential danger or to protect us from harm. Other times the barking is excessive and seems to have no real meaning.

The reasons

Dogs bark for various reasons. Dogs don't bark just because they can (although it can seem like it sometimes). They don't bark just to annoy you and your neighbors, and they don't bark out of spite or revenge.

Some breeds of dogs tend to bark more than others. In fact, certain types of dogs were bred to bark. This can be so they can alert people to danger, protect homes, or even scare away prey.

On the other hand, Basenji does not bark at all, although the breed can vocalize in other ways.

Listen carefully and eventually, you will learn the sounds of your dog's different barks. Then you could find out what each bark means. The first step in managing behavior is understanding why your dog is barking.

Warning / Alert

It is natural for a dog to bark when someone is at the door or when strangers pass by the house or car. Many dogs will bark if they feel any kind of threat, proclaiming "I'm here to protect this place, so don't bother me."

The sound of this bark is usually high-pitched, loud, and bossy. Sharpening that instinct with training can really help protect your home and family.


Anxious barking often appears to be an act of self-calm for many dogs. It is usually high-pitched and sometimes accompanied by whining. This type of barking is common in dogs with separation anxiety, fears, and phobias, or other types of anxiety.

Attention seeking

When you hear that bark, you usually know what it means. That bark says "Hey! Hey! Look! Here I am!" Other dogs may whine and bark together to get attention, almost like a crying child's tone.

Playful / Excitement

This type of barking is especially common in puppies and young dogs. Many dogs bark while playing with people or other dogs. Even the sound of barking tends to be cheerful and perhaps musical. Some dogs will bark enthusiastically when they know they are about to walk or drive.

Respond to other dogs

It is a familiar scene. A dog in the street starts barking and one by one the rest of your block joins you. It sounds like a cacophonous rendition of Row Your Boat.


The bark of a bored dog is like a dog barking just to hear her own voice. While it tends to be boring, it is also a bit sad. Bored dogs often bark to release excess energy, and sometimes they bark out of loneliness. They usually need an activity and maybe even a companion.

Barking problem

Excessive barking is unlikely to improve without your intervention. Once you've determined the reason for the barking, take steps to address the source. If your dog's barking seems to be related to fear or anxiety, you may need to start with a visit to your vet.

Your vet can rule out medical reasons for the behavior and perhaps recommend medications to help. A dog in a state of high anxiety will have a hard time learning new things. Medications to reduce anxiety can help make training more effective.

Learn to stop barking and prevent excessive barking in dogs. In most cases, you can curb the barking with basic training, mental stimulation, and exercise. In more serious situations, you may need to bring in a coach or behaviorist. One thing you shouldn't do is ignore the problem.

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