Do you ever get tired of barking? Yes, even dogs get tired of barking. Dogs bark for many different reasons and on different occasions. Some breeds are known as ‘barkers’ because they tend to bark more frequently than others. However, even the most vocal of dogs can become exhausted with their own voice after a while. If your dog is barking in response to sounds (such as the doorbell or a knock on the window), it might help to train them that this is not a cue to continue barking. Most dogs will stop after a few seconds if you ignore them or give them another command like “sit” or “take a bow.” If your dog keeps barking for no apparent reason, things may be getting out of hand. Perhaps they have separation anxiety and feel lonely when you leave home or maybe there’s something triggering their anxiety that you can either remove from their environment or address with training (for example, an intrusive noise like an airplane flying overhead). Furthermore, just like any other vocal exercise, too much barking may cause hoarseness or strain your dog’s throat in the long term. How can you tell if your pooch is growing weary of his own voice? Let’s find out…
Signs That Your Dog Has Had Enough of Barking
Dogs have different personalities and therefore will have different thresholds for ‘enough is enough.’ That said, there are some general signs that your dog is tired of barking. These include: – Excessive drooling. Drooling may not be a sign of happiness in dogs (as it is in humans!). If your dog is barking a lot, they may be so tired that excessive saliva drips out of their mouth. – If a tired dog tries to hide under a bed or behind furniture, they may be trying to put an end to their barking. If your dog is normally vocal, hiding is a sign that they are too tired to keep barking. – A dog who is normally high-energy, but is suddenly much more lethargic than usual, may also be barking themselves out.
Why Do Dogs Get Tired of Barking?
Dogs bark for many different reasons. Some breeds naturally have higher levels of barking because they were bred to serve a certain purpose. For example, a watchdog (who is supposed to bark at anyone who comes near the property) or a hunting dog (who barks at prey in order to catch it). People often try to train a dog to stop barking, but this can actually be more harmful than helpful. In some cases, such as a guard dog barking to protect their territory, it is important to them that they bark. Other times, it’s helpful to address the cause of barking so that your dog is less likely to become exhausted and hoarse. If your dog is a ‘typical’ barker, the cause of their barking may be rooted in one of the following: – Boredom. Dogs are very social creatures who are happiest when they have a job to do or someone to talk to. If you leave your dog at home for long periods of time every day, they may get bored and start to bark as a way to pass the time. – They may be lonely. Dogs are social creatures and thrive on having humans around them. If you leave them home alone for long hours with little social interaction, it can be very lonely for them. – They may be afraid. If your dog is barking in response to something nearby (like a knock on the door), they may be afraid that whoever is there is a threat to them.
How to Help Your Dog Stop Barking
With these causes in mind, you can help your dog stop barking by addressing the underlying cause. For example, if your dog is bored, you may need to provide more enriching activities for them to do (such as taking them to a doggy daycare a few times a week) or put in more effort to bond with them when you are at home. If your dog is lonely, you can try to spend more time with them. If they are afraid, you will have to address their fear by removing or neutralizing that threat whenever possible. If your dog is barking in response to something nearby, such as an airplane flying overhead or the sound of a neighbor’s dog barking, you can try to train them to be quiet when they hear that noise again.
Tips for Managing Excessive Barking in Dogs
If your dog is barking too much, you may need to take a step back and reassess the situation. Try to figure out what is triggering their excessive barking and address it as best you can. If possible, remove the trigger from their environment and try to prevent it from happening again. If there is nothing you can do to remove the source of barking, you may need to work on training your dog to stop barking. The best way to do this is by rewarding your dog for being quiet. Whenever your dog is quiet, give them praise and a treat to reinforce the ‘quiet’ behavior. Over time, your dog should start to associate barking with lack of reward and silence with a tasty treat.
Dogs are unique individuals with different personalities and needs. Therefore, even though barking is a common behavior in dogs, there is no single solution for dealing with excessive barking in dogs. However, by taking note of your dog’s normal barking habits and being aware of some of the reasons for barking, you can help to manage excessive barking and put a stop to your dog barking themselves out.