Why Dogs Bark

Why Dogs Bark

Picture this,​ you're walking in​ the​ park,​ minding your own business when suddenly a​ dog comes up to​ you​ and starts barking. you​ start to​ panic because there is​ no reason for this dog to​ be barking at​ you.

Why is​ this dog barking?

Dogs bark because we humans want our dogs to​ bark. For years our domestication process and selective breeding has allowed our dogs to​ develop their barking abilities. Wolves don't bark,​ so through genetic engineering and the​ selective breeding process,​ dogs these days have the​ ability to​ retain juvenile characteristics. This is​ through the​ process known as​ neoteny.

Humans have chosen to​ retain the​ infantile traits of​ wolves like large heads,​ flat faces,​ large eyes and of​ course the​ ability to​ communicate,​ barking. Barking was further developed in​ dogs in​ order to​ scare intruders or​ to​ help the​ master out (i.e. on​ farms to​ assist in​ gathering the​ sheep).

Most dogs simply bark to​ communicate,​ to​ get attention,​ or​ simply to​ show their excitement. Training and lifestyle are important factors in​ teaching the​ dog how to​ communicate with its master.

Dogs are extremely social animals. Wolves themselves always travel in​ packs are usually never alone. Bringing a​ dog into your family is​ basically like bringing a​ wolf into a​ pack. it​ becomes a​ part of​ the​ family. Try not to​ leave it​ alone otherwise it​ will feel as​ if​ it​ was abandoned by the​ pack. Dogs are like having a​ baby in​ the​ house. They need love,​ attention,​ and someone to​ be there to​ take care of​ them. Like people they need a​ companion to​ blossom. Meeting your dog's emotional need for companionship and play will allow the​ two of​ you​ to​ form a​ strong bond together.

Sometimes having a​ second dog in​ the​ house can minimize the​ barking and minimize the​ loneliness. Although this may be rewarding at​ some

times,​ it​ can also be a​ pain. Your best bet would be to​ maximize training of​ your dog when it​ decides to​ bark. Sometimes having two dogs may cause havoc because they may teach each other to​ bark more. From the​ example above,​ dogs who bark at​ people are trained in​ a​ specific way. Everything boils down to​ how the​ owner trains their dog. if​ you​ reward the​ dog for barking,​ then the​ dog will understand that it's a​ good thing to​ bark. if​ you​ don't reward the​ dog for barking,​ the​ dog will understand that it's a​ bad thing to​ bark. if​ you​ are training your dog to​ become a​ watchdog,​ sometimes their barking can be very selective and discriminating with certain people. Sometimes they may just bark at​ anything they see. it​ is​ important to​ train these dogs by developing their intelligence level and how they interpret various events.

Dogs who simply bark because of​ activity or​ excitement are relatively hard to​ eliminate. Most of​ the​ time these dogs are unaware of​ their barking and in​ turn becomes a​ process that is​ hard to​ eliminate. you​ must turn to​ a​ dog trainer who teaches the​ dog to​ debark.

Debarking can be somewhat inhumane because the​ dog is​ trained to​ let out a​ low,​ raspy bark which cannot be heard from more than a​ few feet away. if​ you​ consider the​ process of​ debarking your dog you​ must weigh the​ pros and cons. it​ can be beneficial in​ the​ sense that your dog will no longer be the​ irritating dog on​ the​ block who barks at​ anything he sees but may be a​ problem if​ the​ dog is​ in​ danger. as​ an​ owner you​ would want to​ know where the​ location of​ your dog was if​ it​ was in​ danger.

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