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Understand, decipher and manage your companion's barking

Dog barking is a natural expression of emotion and expression. Not always easy to understand and control, it can be annoying depending on your environment, and let's be honest, not very pleasant! But a dog that barks is a dog that means something.
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Team Jagger.Lewis
Date of publication
June 20, 2017

Dog barking is a natural expression of emotion and expression. Not always easy to understand and control, it can be annoying depending on your environment, and let's be honest, not very pleasant! But a dog that barks is a dog that means something.

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons, including to attract attention, express joy, fear, or frustration, warn of the presence of an intruder, or communicate with other dogs. Understanding the cause of barking is the first step in determining whether to let your dog bark or not.

The different barks and their meanings

Barking varies according to its cause and the emotion that the dog wants to express. Here are some examples of types of barking and what they can mean:

  • Short, high-pitched barks: Excitement, joy, or demand for attention.
  • Serious and sustained barking: Threat or warning in case of danger.
  • Continuous and repetitive barking: Frustration, boredom, or stress.
  • Whining or crying: Pain, fear, or discomfort.
Understanding barking

To decipher your dog's barking, consider the context in which it occurs, as well as the tone and frequency of the barking. Also, look at your dog's body language, which can give you additional clues about his emotions and intentions. ELearn more about dog communication.

How to deal with barking

To teach your dog not to bark unnecessarily, follow these steps:

  • Identify the cause of the barking and try to address the underlying problem (for example, by offering more exercise or mental stimulation when bored).
  • Reinforce calm behaviors by praising and rewarding your dog when he is quiet.
  • Ignore unwanted barking by avoiding responding or reacting, so as not to reinforce this behavior.
  • Teach your dog the “quiet” command by rewarding him when he stops barking on command.
Why do you sometimes have to let your dog bark?

Letting your dog bark in certain situations is important because it allows him to express his emotions and needs. Barking can also serve as a warning in case of danger, allowing your dog to fulfill its role as protector of your home. In addition, barking is an integral part of communication between dogs, which is essential for their socialization and development.

It is crucial to find a balance between letting your dog express emotions and needs through barking and avoiding excessive or unwanted barking. A dog that is never allowed to bark may develop behavioral, stress, or anxiety problems.

Understanding, deciphering and managing your dog's barking is essential to promote harmonious cohabitation and a healthy environment for your four-legged friend.

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