Dogs use barking to express themselves and what they’re thinking. It’s a versatile tool that is used by domesticated dogs in many different ways. It’s important to keep in mind that barking is not inherently good or bad. It all depends on the situation, and individual dog.
 
Many breeds have highly evolved vocalizations that help them to do specific jobs, like being a guard dogs or tracking game. As a result, certain breeds are more inclined to bark than others. Personality also plays a significant role: each dog is unique with distinct (and sometimes silly) reasons for barking.
 
Common Reasons for Barking
 
Enthusiasm
When you get home and your dog goes bonkers, barking ecstatically, it’s their way of saying, “I’m so happy to see you! I can hardly contain myself!” They may also bark if they see you pick up a favorite toy or grab the leash because it means fun is sure to come.
 
Socialization
Along with body language and smell, dogs also use vocal cues to socialize. Depending on the interaction, they could be saying, “Let’s be friends!” or “Sorry, you’re not my type.”
 
Vigilance
Dogs are attentive, and love putting their superior senses to work. When they howl in the middle of the night or bark at the bushes during a hike, they may be alerting you to an unfamiliar presence nearby.
 
Loneliness
If left alone too long a dog may bark to get attention. So, if you have to be away from your buddy for an extended amount of time, look into doggy day care or leave him with a trustworthy friend.
 
Here’s What You Said
We asked our online community of dog lovers what makes their buddies bark, and these were the most common causes:
 
Cats
Squirrels
Other dogs
Doorbells
Dogs on TV
Vacuuming
When it’s time to eat
When they want to go outside
 
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If you’re still having trouble figuring out what’s causing your dog to bark, start by putting yourself in their paws. When you take time to consider your dog’s daily environment and unique temperament it becomes easier to identify potential causes of barking. Barking is normal, but if it gets excessive use it as an opportunity to understand what your dog is going through so you can improve their quality of life.

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