Barking is a perfecting natural form of communication for all types of dogs. Many breeds can make this noise for a number of reasons, it can be because they are excited for the premium dog food you are about to give them, they are excited to see you or they could be trying to warn you.
All of this is completely natural for canines and, essentially, nothing to worry about. However, if your pet is barking too much it can be irritating for you and those around you. This is especially apparent if your dog has got into the habit of barking loudly at anti-social times of day or night.
If this is the case for you, dog whisperer Cesar Millan has three simple steps which you can try to prevent your furry family friend from doing this noisy behaviour.
He says barking excessively is a sure sign that your dog is bored and is an error on the way you are treating your pet, not something that is your canine's fault.
"Inevitably, excessive barking indicates there is a problem with the human, and not the dog; there is something not balanced in the pack, so the dog’s needs are not being met. The barking is the only way the dog has to tell you something is wrong," said Mr Millan.
A dog that is barking too much needs three things; exercise, discipline, and affection, in that order.
By giving your dog enough exercise and discipline it will get all the physical and psychological stimulation that your pet needs. Cesar Millan says that, when your dog is in a calm and submissive state, this is when you should give them affection so that you reward behaviour that you want to see. This will then reinforce this type of behaviour to your canine and should cause them to repeat it more often.
He says that many dog owners fall into the trap of petting a dog when it is barking and excited, in a bid to calm the pet down. However, this only encourages your pet to act this way as you are giving it affection and attention when it is acting out.
This is a common occurrence for people who have dogs as, when they return home from work, they are pleased that the dog is barking and will give them strokes. Cesar Millan says this is one of the "most difficult things for dog lovers to grasp".
"When a dog returns to its pack, they are not greeted with excited barking and jumping. Sometimes, there will be sniffs and tail wags, but most of the time it’s no big deal when a dog comes back to the pack. Unfortunately, we humans tend to make a big deal out of coming and going from home, and this puts your dog in the wrong state of mind."
By encouraging this behaviour, you are making your return home a time of excitement. This means the dog will get frustrated and bored waiting for you to get back.
However, Cesar Millan says the solution is simple. The first step is to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise for its age, size and breed. You can make this an engaging experience by teaching your pet new things while you are walking them.
Written by: Hannah