All about barking! This is a pretty common topic among dog owners. There’s a lot to know about barking– what it is, the different types, causes and some tips on managing and preventing. 

 

Types of Barking

It’s important to know the different types of barking so that when your dog is barking, you know what it is. Here is a rundown of the different types of barking: 

Boredom Barking – It is generally when your dog is left alone and they don’t get enough mental exercise or stimulation. Dogs bark because they generally have high energy. Barking is most evident when dogs have nothing to do.

Separation Anxiety Barking – This is a little more different from boredom barking as there are more factors involved such as: destruction in the home etc. Dogs are more destructive when left alone at home.

  • Treatment/s: Ideally, you don’t want to leave your dog home alone. Leaving your dog home alone requires a lot more training.
  • Contact a trainer if your dog does not have training and has separation anxiety. This will allow you to work on their separation anxiety efficiently.
  • You can also work on small moments of separation (which I talk about in another video). Create small moments of separation indoors… For example, not letting your dog go with you if you’re going to the bathroom or leave your dog inside if you’re going out to check the mailbox.

Barrier Frustration Barking – This is evident for example when your dog is left in the backyard for too long or in the car. Dogs being on leash also technically acts as a barrier for them. So if you’re walking with a tight leash, loosen it up a little bit. 

Demand Barking – A common reason why dogs bark is because they want attention. And the bark sounds a little bit different– it’s persistent (back to back over and over again). They bark for your attention if they need something. Whether they want a treat or go out to the bathroom. They want your attention in some sort of way.

  • Treatment/s: If you have a dog that’s ‘demand barking’, don’t attend to him right away. Make sure to wait for a few seconds or until they stop before you address their concern. That way you’re not rewarding them for ‘demand barking’.

Watchdog Barking – Another common type of barking is ‘watchdog barking’. This is generally triggered by sight and sound of people, other animals or things outside.Watchdog barking happens, for example when your dog is by the window watching outside and all of a sudden, he sees or hears a trigger which causes him to bark. 

  • Treatment/s: Manage ‘watchdog barking’ by training your dog to go to a certain area. For example, use the command: ‘go to mat’ or crate so your dog can settle away from the trigger.
  • ‘Recall’ is one of the first things you want to learn with your dog because you want to be able to call them from wherever they are.

Quick tip: You can close down the curtains if your dog looks out the window. You can also put on white noise to distract your dog or avoid any triggering sights or sounds.

The main idea is don’t let your dog continue practicing wrong behavior such as barking inappropriately because it’s going to make it harder to change.