Birds will chirp, the cat says meow, cows go moo, and dogs bark. The simple fact that dogs bark is not news to anyone, but the reasons why a dog will bark is not as commonly known and excessive barking can be a nuisance. To effectively train your dog not to bark, it is helpful to have an understanding of why your dog is barking in the first place. For many years we have used dogs to warn us of danger and only in knowing the different kinds of barks, can ensure we are not discouraging the good kind. Continue reading to learn more.

Reasons Your Dog Might Be Barking:

1. To Warn or Alert
This type of barking is typically considered the good kind, as it lets us know when something is wrong or if someone is coming. In cases where the bark is low in pitch and combined with growling, is a sign fear or aggression. It is vital to know the difference between an aggressive bark and a normal bark. You may want your dog to alert you when there is a person walking up the drive way; however you do not want your dog to be fearful and aggressive towards all visitors.

2. To Get Attention
Barking for attention is especially common for puppies, but can become quite bothersome as they get older. Puppies are helpless and require assistance, but as they get older they begin think they have their owners trained to get what they want with barking. Who is the master again? Perhaps this is the kind of barking you wish to discourage and why you are looking into the use of no bark collars.

3. To Show Excitement
When dogs are happy, they want everyone to know. Dogs will sometimes bark more when they are engaged in an activity. This is not necessarily a bad type of bark, but can be disturbing to neighbors if it is excessive and/or loud. It is ok to teach your dog to be quieter during playtime. If this is the only time you are experiencing a problem with your dog’s barking; then your dog only needs to wear the no bark collar during this time.

4. To Show Displeasure
Dogs will also bark when upset to show displeasure. If you are running late for work, you might be in such a rush that you do not have time to walk the dog or maybe you forgot to refill the food dish before running out the door. Some dogs will get very anxious when left alone and may bark in protest. With the proper training, this type of barking can also be curbed.

5. To Self Identify
Maybe you have noticed that when one dog starts barking, that others will join in. This is just part of the way dogs communicate with each other. This can be observed whether you have multiple dogs or live in a neighborhood with many dogs. This can be a problem for your next door neighbor, especially so if your dog is the loudest in the bunch or the one who usually starts it. This behavior can also be corrected.

6. As an Outlet of Energy
Some breeds of dogs are more active than others, and you might have noticed that they bark more than others too. This type of excessive barking could just be an outlet for their pent up energy and just their way of telling you that they are bored. Providing your dog with more activities will help to decrease this kind of barking, but additional training is necessary in order for your dog to learn that this kind of barking is unacceptable.

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