Statistics - my own, and those compiled by Humane Societies, Animal Control Agencies and Police Departments - consistently testify that excessive barking is the most common behavioral problem in domestic companion dogs. An inquiry with any of the local veterinarians will also quickly confirm nuisance barking as a number one behavior-related topic at the practice.
An understanding of why and when your dog barks is the first step in dealing with what will, otherwise, quickly become a serious behavior issue.
Dogs bark for a myriad reasons. Some of the most common include:
- Separation induced barking and whining
- Territorial or protective barking
- Barking at other dogs
- Protest or bratty barking
- Demand barking
- The inveterate or 'Career' barker
How we deal with the problem of barking depends on a number of factors:
- The reason or reasons for the barking
- The temperament of the dog in question
- The amount of permissible or appropriate barking required
Only once we've established the cause or causes of the barking, and the temperament and disposition of the dog, can we approach the problem with the care and attention it deserves.
If you are reading this, it is safe to assume that you are at a loss as to how to temper your dog's vocal contribution. It is wise to have your dog evaluated so that we can determine the above and safely demonstrate an appropriate remedy.