Why do dogs bark? What Are Dogs Trying to Say When They Bark? Well, every living thing and being has expressions, and our friends can’t speak to us, so this is how they communicate.
Whether it is a tree or flowing water, everything expresses themselves in their natural way.
When a child is born, unaware of any language, cries to express his or her feelings. Nature has created every living thing to socialize.
Barking is a kind of vocal communication , a universal sound code and language for dogs,
also whining, howling and growling, are a dog’s natural means of communication.
Dogs are man’s best friend. This quotation has proven itself true for many experiences of my life.
But the dog is always there to provide you a cushion of comfort for the hard times.
But everyone who has just been with dogs wonders one thing,
What Are Dogs Trying to Say When They Bark?
It might not have meanings to us, but this is how they express themselves.
Many experts suggest a handler should understand or add sense to this activity in the context of the scenario, and also pay attention to these 3 factors to understand better the universal language of dogs :
- the pitch of the sound,
- the duration of the sound,
- and the frequency or repetition rate of the sounds.
Vets say that the pitch and sound of the bark along with facial expressions adds meaning to what they want to say.
Types of dog barks:
- Territorial dog barking
Every animal or even human; we all are territorial by nature. We build houses to mark our territories.
Plants have roots. In a very similar way, every animal marks his or her territory in their way.
Dogs have their own ways. As we being a human can’t see or smell their markings, we often trespass. That is when dogs bark to warn us.
They do not mean to hurt us or attack, but they are actually protecting what is theirs.
- Your dog bark because he is Protective
Dogs are originated from wolves. Therefore, dogs live in a pack that we call a family. They have their positions in the pact as alpha or beta like we have father or mother.
Anyhow, dogs bark on a stranger or what they feel could harm their family. Also, they always think of you as their family member and they love to communicate with you..
Some dogs bark at things or noise that cattle their attention. This can happen anywhere, not just in their territory.
- Dog barks for Fear
Some dogs get frightened easily. They bark to warn that if you come any closer, they can harm you,
Or they do it also with other dogs.
Some dogs are also possessive about their belongings, and they are fear losing.
A dog barks because he is bored
Dogs are hyperactive animals. They are actually bred to be working dog. It might vary breed to breed. To express their boredom, they usually bark.
A dog barks because he is excited
It’s completely normal for dogs to start barking a little in response to emotion or something they really like a lot, like playing with their favorite toy ( ball, frisbee, or maybe when you are training agility ).
Breeds like terriers or beagles are more prone to barking. This is simply in their genetics.
Dogs are a pack animal. They do not like to be alone. If you leave your dog alone for a while. Expect your dog to bark at you to express how he is feeling without you.
Dog barks also to greet you
Dogs greet by sniffing each other or barking. This is how they treat humans too. If your dog sees another human he or she never met, it is most likely that your dog will bark on you or the person to greet.
Barking to play
Dogs express their joy by barking as well. They tell you how they feel when they are playing either with you or someone else or maybe somewhere else.
Barking to seek your attention
You are everything to your dog. They want to grab your attention by doing things that attract you. It could be things you might not like even. Dogs usually bark when they want you to take an interest in their matters.
A barking dog is a normal healthy dog. Excessive barking is what needs to be treated. this is a characteristic of a dog that varies from dog to dog.
Like some humans are extroverts, and some are introverts. You can’t make your dog never “speak” like you can’t force a human never to speak. But you can make them bark when it is required and when not.
You can drive them with patience and consistency. This requires leadership skills.
The first rule is to be calm and firmly use your voice to make them stop. Using a specific word like Quite could be helpful.
The next thing you need to do is wait after calmly asking them to be, and when the dog stops barking, you can give him a treat, and repeat, say the word quite or silence and repeat the process every time, and every day.
A tired dog is a quiet dog. You can take your dogs for long walks or to the park to drain the energy out of them.
This way they would be more peaceful. Don't wait for a specific age to mold your dog’s behavior. The longer it goes, the harder it comes out.
Dogs are social animals, and they love to communicate. Who doesn’t like communicating?