Do you know the meaning of the different ways your dog barks? If you haven’t noticed, when your dog is bored or want to play, they bark differently to express what they want. Familiarize yourself with your dog’s barking to better cater to their needs. 

5 Main Categories of Barking


Boredom Barking (bark-pause-bark)

This happens when your dog is bored. Usually when they’re left alone or don’t have anything to play with for mental stimulation. Dogs usually bark when they’re bored and it has an intermittent sound. 

The sound is their way of way ‘hey’ and wait until they’ve gotten your attention. So they will bark, pause (see if they’ve gotten your attention) and then bark again. 

If your dog is boredom barking, you might want to rethink or go over your dog’s schedule and make sure they have things to do throughout the day. Check if your dog has a lot of ‘lag time’ and maybe you would need to step up his schedule. 

When you do leave them for work or home alone, make sure your dog has enough toys or puzzles for them to work on. 


Separation Anxiety Barking (non-stop barking)

This is most commonly found in dogs who are not comfortable with being alone. If you’ve had a shift in schedule after the pandemic, wherein you used to be around your dog a lot more than you are now, and now they’re not used to being alone– this may cause separation anxiety. 

Separation Anxiety Barking happens when your dog isn’t comfortable being left alone. They might not be comfortable at all when you’re out of sight even if you’re just at home. 

Separation Anxiety Barking is a consistent barking sound. Almost like their barking non-stop; it’s persistent, constant and your dog is stressed out. Don’t forget to assess the situation as your dog may be barking non-stop for many reasons. For example, if your dog is looking out the window and is barking, that is not separation anxiety barking.

If you suspect your dog to have separation anxiety, this should be addressed by a trainer who specializes on that. But for the mean time, just make sure that your dog is not left alone. Whether with family or friends or a dog sitter. 


Barrier Frustration Barking (barking with maybe some snarling; non-stop barking)

Often times your dog is behind a barrier– a crate, gate, fences or any type of barrier that keeps your dog away from getting to things he want to get to. 

The barking is also a non-stop barking with maybe some snarling. Some dogs don’t snarl. Barrier Frustration is just what it sounds like. It happens when they’re in the yard for too long or in the car or even on a leash! 


Demand Barking (non-stop barking)

Demand Barking happens when your dog is wanting something. When your dog is barking persistently, usually at you, to get your attention because they want something. What happens is that, you look at them and then not pay attention, they will end up barking more. 

To address demand barking, you have to wait for your dog to pause or be quiet. Don’t address them while they’re ‘demanding’. If you address them while they’re barking, it’s going to train them to bark when they need something. 

Whilst if you address them when they pause or when they’re quiet, you’re rewarding them for being quiet. 


Watchdog barking (Bark once… Ba