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What Does Your Dog's Bark Tell You?

April 2nd, 2012 Pets

Dogs bark for a number of reasons, many of which we may not be completely aware of. Unfortunately, many people may be misinterpreting barking as aggressive behavior - according to Cesar's Way, of all the adopted dogs returned to animal shelters, 40 percent are taken back because of excessive barking. However, a yappy pooch may not be displeased at his new owners - he's simply trying to communicate with them the only way he knows how! Here are a few things that your dog could be attempting to tell you.

Does your pooch bark incessantly from the moment you walk out of the house until you get back in the evening? Perhaps he's bored! Setting up a regular exercise regimen is important, especially if you plan to spend time outside of the house. Take him out for a long walk in the morning and he may be more content to wait quietly until you return home.

Your dog may also be barking in order to alert you to the entry of a new presence near your home. This is a natural behavior that pooches exhibit as pack animals.

Barking is also a means of expressing fear or anxiety. There are a number of things that could cause a dog to become somewhat agitated. It's important to demonstrate to your pooch that the things he may be scared of don't necessarily mean him any harm, especially if it's something like other dogs or people.

Canines almost always bark in order to alert a person to something - figuring out the context in which they do it can help you determine the best course of action and eliminate the behavior.