Dogs bark for many reasons. Some hunting breeds such as Basset Hound and Terrier, they are used to warn of the beginning of the game, and others like the Husky, the Alaskan and the Samoyed howl, to stimulate and lead the herd , so that being a inherited behavior is very difficult to remove. Other dogs bark out of fear or because they are very territorial. If we install our dog near the fence, on busy sidewalks or submit to other stimuli exciting, bark a lot. Many dogs bark excessively out of boredom, loneliness or anxiety.
- Loneliness: This is the most common cause. Dogs are pack animals, have a social behavior and have peers to feel safe. In our society, the human family is a group of dogs. The dog that is kept exclusively outside of our house, he separated from his family , barks to express their loneliness. The best solution for this situation is to allow the dog to live inside.
If this is not possible, a second dog can be an excellent idea. Be careful when selecting the second dog and choose a quiet race . In any case, we need to spend some time with them so that they feel integrated and socializing.
- Territoriality / Fear: Other dogs bark because outside stimulus agitates. Being located on a busy sidewalk, under a staircase in a playground or in areas of high human activity cause dogs to bark to protect their territory or fear of strangers. Try to find a location on your property where the dog is at least exposed to these stimuli . Provide a house to retire to rest if you want and never leave your dog in an area where it can be disturbed by children or people outside the family.
- Lack of socialization: The dogs well socialized bark less, because they have been exposed to many different situations. At this point it is important that the dog live indoors as part of the family.