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Dog Barking – Understanding Your Dogs Needs

Posted Dec 04 2010 6:52am

Dog barking problems are common but should be looked at on a case by
case basis. As an owner, having this problem with your pooch is stressful
for both you and your dog. Dog language is never understandable to
humans, especially if your interpretation goes on like a guessing game
between you and your pooch. Relying on spur of the moment reasoning
usually gets pet owners exhausted and dead tired. When your safety is not in
question and there are no cats in the vicinity, it is nerve wrecking
not knowing what’s causing the noise your dog makes. Not to worry, every
cloud has its silver lining, you’d just have to stop and arm yourself
with know-how and proper ways of dealing with your dog’s quirks.

Have you ever wondered what classification your dog’s breed falls
under? Excessive barking can mean lots of things; consideration to its breed
helps you understand your dog. Terriers and several toy dogs are alarm
dogs, meaning they have the tendency to bark a fit. Sadly, pet owners
who take matters in their hands do not consider the genes of their pet.
It is rather unfair to brand a dog as a bad dog if it barks according
breed. There was a case where in a hybrid Chihuahua/ Mini Pinscher was
reprimanded by an ignorant visitor who thought just because she handles
a docile Great Dane, she can handle the mini-dog. The size of your dog
is negligible; attention to the breed’s temperament is what matters.
Chihuahua/Mini Pinscher s are protectors and very possessive of their
owners, while Great Danes are docile, peace loving and protect in danger
only. Lap Dogs, some Terriers, Sporting and Hunting dogs are bred to
bark lots. These dogs were bred to be bark alarms when they spot game.
Even if you don’t hunt, your dog has a built-in tendency to do just that.
Dogs that are highly strung as these breeds may undergo training to
improve their social skills and bark control.

Miscommunication is a given, observation is the key to better
understand your pooch. There are instances that your dog been barking loudly and
scratches the door as if hinting that it needs to go out and when
ignored takes a pee in any available spot. The need was being conveyed but
the action was not supported. A barking fit can mean it needs to go
out, hungry, thirsty, feeling hot or is cold. By barking, your dog is
asking if you can help it get what it needs. Observing your pets schedule
and anticipate its needs lessens it tendency to bark a fit because its
needs are met.

There are some dog needs that are not tangible. A dog is highly
sociable and loves living with interaction. Some dogs are easily content and
would readily lounge around or meekly be a child’s plaything. For highly
intelligent dogs like the Vizsla, Tervueren and most of the working
dogs easily get bored and need stimulation. Boredom and depression in
these breeds usually result to their being disruptive or dwell in
obsessive actions (like excessive tail-chasing or poop eating).Once again,
taking your dogs breed into consideration is the best weapon for proper
problem solving. For working bred dogs, more activity is prescribed to
make them get out of their sulky mood. Training, such as agility training
is recommended to sate an energetic dog.

A dog who barks in excess is not a lost cause; their barks are a way to
request and let you know that something is not right with them. To
best serve your dogs problems, consider professional veterinarian advice.
Exhausting all measures before considering extreme measures (-that may
just cause more problems) will prove beneficial for both you and your

Sandra Fosth write dog behavior articles for Pet Super Store, a site featuring designer dog beds and elevated dog feeders .

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