I am a dog owner. Why does my dog excessively bark?

Excessive barking is nothing new. Dogs appear to enjoy barking, and they do so for various reasons. They bark when they want something, when they say "hello," when they are having fun, when they are startled or alarmed, when they are defending their territory or threatening someone, when they are frustrated, and when they hear other dogs barking. Unfortunately, a dog who barks incessantly can drive the family crazy-and disturb the entire neighborhood.

Many owners can identify why their dog is barking, just by hearing the specific bark. If you want to reduce your dog's barking, it is imperative to determine the dog's reason for barking. Understand that it usually takes time to teach a dog to bark less. It is not realistic to expect a quick fix or to expect that the dog will stop barking altogether. Your goal should be to decrease the amount of barking. Bear in mind that some dogs are more prone to barking than others. In addition, some breeds are known as "barkers," and it may be more difficult to decrease barking in individuals of these breeds.

The most common reasons why dogs bark:

  • Territorial or protective defense
  • Distress vocalizations due to fear or separation anxiety
  • Excitement or greeting
  • During play
  • To gain attention or to make requests
  • Frustration
  • Socially facilitated barking (hearing other dogs bark)
  • Compulsive behavior

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1. How could I make a barking dog complaint?
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3. What should you do if you think you have been exposed to rabies?
4. How can I tell if an animal is rabid?
5. How is rabies spread?
6. What is rabies?
7. Why can't Animal Control take care of my problem?
8. Is there any information online that I could turn to?
9. I have problems with wildlife what are my choices? Can I capture it?
10. I can no longer keep my ferret what can I do with it?
11. Can ferrets live in the wild?
12. Do ferrets need to be vaccinated for rabies?
13. Do ferrets get along with other animals?
14. I am thinking of buying a Ferret where can I buy one?
15. What do I need to know to make a complaint?
16. How do I know if the animal is being abused?
17. How do I know if my neighbor is abusing their animal?
18. What do I do if I fall down?
19. How do I approach a dog?
20. What do I do if an unfriendly dog approaches me?
21. If I am in my yard and a strange dog walks past my house, can I go and pat him?
22. How do I avoid being bitten?
23. If I am bitten, what do I need to do?
24. How could I keep my child safe from being bitten?
25. What should I do to protect my animal from wild life?
26. A wild animal bit my animal, what do I need to do?
27. What are the different types of barking?
28. What steps can I take to keep my dog from barking?
29. I am a dog owner. Why does my dog excessively bark?
30. Is there a fine or a law against a barking dog?
31. How about if my neighbor's dog is barking after hours who do I call?
32. Will you have to tell the dog owner who reported the complaint?
33. My neighbors dog constantly barks and is a nuisance to our neighborhood, what could we do?
34. Is there any help for spaying and neutering my animal?
35. Why should I neuter my dog?
36. What are the shelter estimates?
37. What is the average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year?
38. I have a problem with feral cats, what can I do?
39. Why should I spay my dog/cat?
40. How much does the dog license cost?
41. I work all day and can't get to Town hall to license my dog. Is there a way I could get this done?
42. What is the citation for not having a licensed dog?
43. My dog never leaves my property, does it need a license?
44. What is the citation for not having a vaccinated dog?
45. My dog stays in the house, does he need to be vaccinated?
46. My dog stays outside, does he need anything?
47. I am thinking of buying a dog, where can I buy one?
48. I have contacted my neighbors and it's not their cat, now what do I do?
49. I have a stray cat in my yard, what do I do?
50. If I put a collar on my cat will it injure it? What about microchips?
51. Do cats need to wear a collar and tags? What about microchips?
52. Is it true that cats aren't happy unless they can go outside to roam and hunt?
53. Why should I spay & neuter my cat?
54. I am thinking of buying a cat/kitten, where can I buy one?
55. What are the hours of the Dartmouth Animal Control Department?
56. Every time I call the office I get a voicemail, why isn't anyone at the office?