How to Listen to Your Dog

How to Listen to Your Dog

Stumped on why your dog is barking? Check out this guide and understand the language!

When your dog barks, it means he’s trying to tell you something. Whether he’s hungry or sensing danger, a dog’s communication may sound the same to us, but they each have different meaning. Read on for some common messages dogs convey when they bark.

“Get Out of My Territory”
When a stranger or an animal your dog doesn’t know gets into his territory, he might bark excessively. The more threatened he feels, the louder he barks.

“I’m Scared”
When dogs are startled, they bark at the noise or object that gave them a fright.

“I’m Bored and Lonely”
Dogs are pack animals — that’s why when they’re left alone for a long time they can become bored or sad. They bark because they’re lonely or unhappy, too. Some dogs suffer from separation anxiety, and when their owner is away they bark non-stop.

Dogs often greet people by barking, wagging their tails and sometimes jumping up against them.


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“I Want to Go for a Walk/I Want Some, Too”
When your dog sees you reaching for his leash, he might bark excitedly because he knows he is going for a walk. The same thing goes for when he sees you eating something — he wants some, too!

How to Stop Your Dog From Barking Too Much
Dogs need to bark — it’s part of their nature. But some just don’t know when to stop. There are a few ways to train your dog to not bark excessively.

When your dog barks, say “quiet” in a firm, calm voice. Wait patiently until he stops barking, even if it’s just to take a breath — then give him a treat. After a while, he’ll learn that if he stops barking after you say “quiet,” he’ll get a treat.

Use the same technique but instead of saying “quiet,” put your finger to your lips. Dogs are smart when it comes to picking up on body language.

With a little patience (and maybe a lot of treats!) your dog can learn when to bark and when to not — giving you both peace of mind and quiet, too!

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I really enjoyed this article! However, there are some discrepancies when I followed the link in the article. In this article, it says to firmly but calmly say, "Quiet" when training your dog not to bark. In the linked article it says something completely opposite. I really like the ideas in this article best. Could you perhaps elaborate on the training technique or provide links to other articles that do elaborate on it? I've shared this with my husband, hoping it will help with our dog also.

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Love the training suggestion! Thanks!

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This article was sort of okay. Not very detailed. It just touched the surface on the subject. The article is too simplified and really is NOT helpful at all. ...... We need more details. Such as translating the different tones, inflections and whines. Nice try though.

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