Pet owners often look for pets for unconditional love, companionship, and to add some fun to the household. Dogs are great for all of those things, and they come with the added benefit of protecting your household as well (or at least pretending like they do!). Not all dogs bark persistently, and some dogs bark very rarely, if ever. But, barking can sometimes go one step past the occasional outburst and become persistent or continuous.
There are many reasons why dogs bark, and it’s helpful to think of it as just another form of communication they utilize, along with those cute facial expressions and pawing at you when they’re hungry or need to be let outside. In this article, we’ll take some time to better understand why some Simi Valley residents claim their dogs bark too much and what you can do to help your pet.
Most Common Reasons for Continuous Barking
There is a long list of reasons why your dog barks persistently; some of them may be breed-related, and some might be due to issues you have some control over. Here is a list of the most common reasons for continuous barking in dogs:
Your Dog Could Be Bored
Just as humans experience boredom, so do pets. If your dog spends a lot of time alone, barking could be a way to display their protest and loneliness. To help curb this behavior, it may be helpful for them to have a companion, such as another pet they get along with, to schedule breaks in your workday to go for a walk or run, and to be sure to spend at least 30 minutes every day bonding with your dog.
Your Dog Could Be Scared
Dogs bark for many reasons and being scared is one of them. When dogs are scared, their barking sends out a warning signal, not only to whatever they’re afraid of, but to warn others that they might be in danger. If your dog is caught off-guard by a moving object, this could also trigger them to bark repeatedly.
Your Dog Could Be Protecting Its Pack or Territory
Many dog owners seek out dogs that have a propensity to bark so that their homes can be protected. When dogs become activated and bark excessively to protect their pack or territory, they can become aggressive, which can be dangerous. Therefore, if you encourage your dog’s barking to ward off predators, it’s important to seek proper training with professional handlers.
Your Dog Could Be Anxious
Humans can develop nervous ticks when they’re feeling anxious, such as excessively shaking their feet or bouncing their knees, or clearing their throat consistently. Dogs also develop nervous habits to help them cope with their anxiety – particularly when they don’t appreciate being separated from their pack members. Separation anxiety is another reason for dogs to persistently bark.
Your Dog Might Need Attention
Along with separation anxiety, boredom, and loneliness, your dog might be barking simply because it needs more exercise and meaningful attention. Dogs are active beings, and their energy gets stored up when not expelled regularly. Keeping your dog properly exercised and giving them plenty of undivided attention daily can help ease some of your dog’s anxiety. You might consider taking your pet on a run or a long walk before leaving them at home for the day.
Consulting with a Veterinarian and Getting Professional Help
It’s good to admit when we’re in over our heads with our pets to help us avoid frustration and stress. Dogs are great companions and friends to us humans, and they rely on us just as much as we rely on them. To get the most out of your relationship with your family pet, it’s important to seek professional help if you notice your pet barking consistently and consult with your veterinarian to determine what might be the source of your pet’s persistent barking behaviors.
Here at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, we have helped the residents of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other areas nearby Ventura County, find professional help curbing their dog’s barking behaviors. If you’d like to learn more about trainers and other services in the area, please get in touch with one of our helpful professionals today.