Features March 2017 Issue

Why Dogs Bark and How to Stop Them

This very senior Chihuahua is an expert at demand-barking. This behavior is best managed by ignoring her as long as she keeps it up. But if the tone and frequency of her barking indicates that she is barking in alarm, the cause of her barking should be investigated.

Why Dogs Bark and How to Stop Them

The best way to quiet a barking dog depends on the reason the dog is barking.

Barking is a natural, normal canine behavior. If you have a dog, you need to understand and accept that sometimes dogs bark! Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. How you work to manage and modify your dog’s barking will depend, at least in part, on what motivates him to bark.Step one of any good dog barking modification program is minimizing your dog’s need and opportunity to bark. Exercise, an important element of many good behavior modification programs, is useful here as well. A tired dog has less energy, hence less need to bark, and a well-exercised dog tends to be emotionally healthier as well.

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