Dogs don’t bark without a reason. However, if the barking gets the upper hand, the cause must be investigated. Read here why your dog barks a lot and what you can do about it.
Various studies have shown that almost every third dog owner feels that their dog barks too much. Uncontrollable barking is now one of the top reasons given for dogs being abandoned at shelters. Excessive barking is very often caused by humans. When breeding many breeds, value was placed on a tendency to bark for a long time. If a quiet type of dog starts to bark a lot more, it is usually due to omissions and mistakes in training. However, scientists have identified even more reasons for hitting a dog or “barking types”:
1. The panic barker
Many dogs bark loudly for their caregiver out of fear of being alone. It is particularly important here to slowly get the dog used to being alone. It is best to start with this when you are a puppy.
Dogs that weren’t socialized enough as puppies will bark out of insecurity and fear when they meet strange dogs or people. If this is the case, you should slowly get your dog used to other dogs and people with professional help. Visiting a dog school already brings a lot.
3. The manipulative
Some dogs have realized that all they have to do is bark long enough to get what they want. Eventually their owner will give up and give them what they want. Therefore, always be aware of your own behavior. Consistency is an important part of dog training.
4. The Bored One
With excessive barking, a dog also shows that it has far too little stimulation in its environment and is not being challenged sufficiently, both physically and mentally. Challenge your dog in a variety of ways and keep him busy. Maybe this is the solution to the problem.
5. The senior
When older dogs become persistent barkers, it may be due to a hearing problem or a disease similar to human Alzheimer’s. Dog seniors should therefore be presented to the vet regularly.
6. The over-excited
Some dogs get excited and overexcited easily. Barking here is just one expression of their excitement. This is often the case, especially with small terriers. Make sure your dog gets the rest periods he needs – even if he doesn’t show it.
7. The copycat
Other barking dogs can also turn the previously quiet dog into a constant barker. This type of Bell shows up where multiple dogs are kept, so often at animal shelters or veterinary clinics. If one barks, the others will follow and bark too.
8. The Forced
Compulsive barking in dogs is triggered by a memory, association with a sound, or movement. These triggers may have been unintentionally linked to barking. Here it is important to track down the trigger and connect it to something else.
The behavior of the owner has a lot of influence on the dog
It is often the behavior of the owner that makes the dog nervous, dominant or anxious and causes it to bark constantly. You could also say he barks for help. The good news is that you can solve the problem by correcting your misbehavior or catching up on missed dog training lessons. So that this does not degenerate into a new power struggle between dog and owner or lead to further mistakes, it is advisable to get professional help from a dog school or a dog trainer.