As you know we at INATD don’t pussy fuss around or sugar coat anything so lets get straight to the point.
Us K9’s bark and some of us feel the need to bark more than others. But hey dudes give your K9 buddy a break, as behind every bark there is a reason, yes it is a part of our communication.
Tail up high, as expecting us k9’s never to bark is like expecting girls never to chit chat, come on, you know that’s never going to happen. So, Woof! come on stop your whining, and please take the time to learn how to interpret our different barks.
Barking is very natural for us and just like you humans we like to be heard, so some of the reasons we bark are:
Some of the sounds of barking can be
Bark out! What not to do
Barking in any situation, if a dog is not heard or is reprimanded, can become stressed. So K9 Parents things you should, tail down, never ever do.
High paw! Keep this in mind when you want to reduce or eliminate a behavior, you must teach us K9’s another more appropriate behavior that you would like. For example:
Now, when it comes to a bark, check out your k9 buddy’s body language as they go paw in paw. Watching their body language can provide clues for the reasons behind their barking. Do they look stressed, anxious, aroused or excited?
Check out your K9 buddies environment. What could be the reason behind the bark? Knowing why your dog is barking will help you know how to adjust their normal behavior to something more desirable to your liking!
Finally remember not all barking should be unwanted as it is our way of communicating so please be patient with your K9 buddy and remember that unless you have trained your dog not to bark how will they know any different?
Remember ‘It’s Not About the Dog!’, as the dog only knows what we teach them.