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196375_1663783269798_1093711555_1479755_1222236_nDogs bark for a number of reasons.  Believe it or not, their purpose is not just to wake you up when you are sleeping.  Dogs bark to communicate with you.

Have you ever wondered why dogs seemed to be pre-inclined to bark at the mail man or the neighbors dog?  I did.  My dogs don’t like mail delivery, visitors who look in the windows first, the neighbor’s dog who likes to do her business next to “their” fence, or the guy across the street who makes a hobby of sitting on his porch just watching everything the neighbors do and working on his car.  One of my dogs also doesn’t care for bicycles, but we are working on that one.

Here are the common reasons for a barking dog:

  • Experiencing pain.
  • Frustration
  • Protecting his territory
  • Protecting “his human”
  • Defending himself
  • Excitement
  • Greeting You
  • Everyone else is doing it
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Fear/Distress
  • Attention Seeking
  • Care Seeking

We’ll go through each of these individual problems in upcoming posts.  If any one of these are problems for you right now, comment and I’ll put a rush on that particular problem sooner.