As any good dog owner knows, dogs have a tendency to make a little noise every now and then. Most times, dogs bark for a very good reason. Visitors to your home, a delivery driver, or even the sound of the doorbell can set your dog into a barking tizzy. However, not every dog restricts their barking to important or necessary threats to you and your home. Some dogs bark incessantly and for no real reason, which can be stressful as a dog owner. This over the top barking can have serious consequences, including creating a stressful environment or even a noise complaint from your neighbors. So, what is a dog owner to do when a dog is barking too much?
The best way to stop the barking is to understand why it is happening in the first place. Excessive barking is noise that begins to interfere with the owner’s quality of life. A dog that barks for about 5 minutes each day is not necessarily excessive. A dog that will not stop barking and cannot be distracted or deterred from whatever he or she is barking at could be considered over the top. This is where training, work, and some patience can come into play.
That being said, think about why a dog barks. Dogs cannot speak, so barking is their only form of communication with you and with the outside world. Think about their routine, how much exercise they are getting and the ways they are being mentally stimulated. Some breeds tend to bark more than others, like hounds who are used often for hunting purposes. If your dog is barking because they want attention, it is important to not react because it will encourage the behavior. Likewise, giving a dog plenty of interaction via play with their owner and enough exercise through a daily walk or run can help in this department.