Why do dogs bark?
Dogs are vocal for several reasons and before a human should get angry with a dog it is important to find out why they are barking. They could be threatened, excited, or hungry however the most common reasons are loneliness and boredom. As dogs are such sociable animals, they like to spend their hours with people playing, eating or out on walks not stuck in one area alone. Dogs bark to gain attention, whether it is to frighten people off or to say they are enjoying playing.
The issue people have is their work life means dogs do have to spend some time alone or for people who have neighbours with vocal dogs, this can cause serious issues.
Which breeds are the worst?
Certain breeds are known to bark more than others such as Yorkshire Terriers, Border Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers and Beagles whereas dog breeds that are known to bark less are Collies, Great Danes and Retrievers. Whilst bigger dogs such as Great Danes do bark the loudest up to 120 decibels, smaller dogs tend to bark more regularly but at higher noise frequencies.
How to prevent continuous barking?
If your dog is barking throughout the day, especially whilst you are at work or out of the house then firstly before taking any drastic action you should look to change your dog’s routine. Before leaving for work or leave the house you should try to wear your dog out. Take him for a long walk or if you haven’t got time in your schedule for a long walk, a short walk with bursts of running will have the same effect. Try taking a ball to your local park and playing fetch for 10 minutes, this will tire your dog out and will mean when he returns home he will be ready for a sleep. If possible, return home on your lunch hour, this works really well for dogs that needs extra attention, get him in the garden and give him 20 minutes of attention and it will really help to settle him for the afternoon. If you can’t get home on your lunch hour, consider leaving him with a chew toy that he will chew on for hours.
If none of the above works for you then consider getting professional help from a dog walker. Whilst it may seem expensive, it will help the wellbeing of your dog and also would work out cheaper than if you were to face a fine from the council if your neighbour complains. Alternatively you could look at maybe dropping them at a doggy daycare centre which are becoming increasingly popular.
Can you train a dog not to bark?
You can train a dog not to nuisance bark however you would need to be patient with your dog during this process. The best way to start this dog training is to purchase an anti barking collar, these spray collars emit a spray of water when your dog barks which interrupts their trail of thought shopping them from barking. Once your dog gets the hang of this, you will be able just to use collar without any spray in it. Anti bark dog collars come in a variety of sizes so are suitable for all dog breeds.
If the barking issue persists then please seek help from a recommended dog trainer.