There are many reasons for barking at other walkers. It all depends on your pet’s baggage of experience, age, maturity, and emotional condition. Have you ever wondered what is the reason for this behavior in your pet? Read our article and find out more about it.
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Barking is usually caused by fear. The reason for fear may be a negative experience or, on the contrary, a lack of any experience. If a dog has experienced trauma while interacting with another dog, pet, or human being, they may react impulsively. They use attack as a defense. These situations can also occur when the pet has not been properly socialized. They have not got used to other dogs, animals, and people, so they consider them as a potential threat. It triggers natural behavior – instinct.
Barking is a form of scaring. Dogs use it to remove a potential threat from their space. Every time the dog achieves the desired effect, it preserves this behavioural pattern. It is a kind of self-rewarding action – since barking works, the dog uses it more often and eagerly.
Consider whether your dog’s barking is “at something” or “for something”. People often limit the dog’s space. They keep their furry companion on a leash that is too short. As a result, they take away the dog’s freedom to pick up smells and explore the area. The dog can get nervous in this situation. Emotions rise and the dog gets rid of them by barking.
It usually applies to puppies and young dogs. At this age, dogs learn to deal with their emotions. Besides, the first hormonal changes emerge and they can intensify the behaviour. The dog becomes mature and learns to manifest their strength and independence. They can be insistent sometimes. The dog can try to test how far they can go with the barking. This can be the reason for barking at other dogs, animals, or people.
How to deal with it?
This is especially relevant for fearful dogs. Try to show your dog support. For this purpose, you should create a strong bond with your pet. Take care of it by spending time together. A great idea is to learn new commands or tricks. Have a look at the Dogo app. You will find detailed tips on how to start your training adventure together. Choose the program “Basic Obedience” or “Strengthen Your Friendship”. Remember to constantly praise and reward your dog!
Give your dog more freedom
Do not keep your pup on a short leash. Give them space to freely explore the area and gather smells. This way the dog collects and analyses information about their surroundings. When you give your dog more freedom on the walks, they will feel more in control of the situation. It can prevent impulsiveness as well as excessive barking.
Reduce your dog’s emotions
If your dog is overexcited, try to reduce their excitement daily. Make sure that they sleep well. During sleep, dogs reduce the level of stress in the body that allows them to fully regenerate. Teach your dog to relax – we recommend you the trick “Relax” – you can find it in Dogo app.
Regularly, arrange various olfactory games for your dog. You should take care of their need to bite as well. Give them a chew-toy to reduce your pet’s energy level. Don’t forget about the right dose of movement and physical exercise. Get inspired by our training program “Stay active”.
Indicate another solution to the dog
Teach your pup a different strategy. If they bark at something out of fear, teach them to react differently. Show that instead of interacting, they can simply walk away. Every time you are near a human, other animals, or dogs, turn around and go in a different direction. Enthusiastically praise and reward your dog as they follow you. Do this before your dog starts to bark. Never force your dog to move. This must be their initiative.
Advice from the Dogo Trainer
Be patient and understanding. Barking is a sign of a problem in your dog’s mind. Consistent work and time are required to change your dog’s thinking. Never raise your hand on your dog for their behaviour. Instead, give your pup a helping hand. Guide them on how to become a better life companion.