Understanding what your dog’s Trying To Tell you


Barking is how your dog vocalizes - one of the big ways they tell you how they’re feeling. We’re here to help you identify the needs they’re expressing by looking at the different types of barking and what they mean!

1.     Demand Barking:

Demand barking is when you have something your pup wants or when you’re doing something they enjoy and they bark at you as if to say “Go faster!” Another example might be when you have a treat or are about to feed them and they begin to bark at you. Here they are “demanding” that you give them the treat or food right away. At these moments, your pup is feeling impatient, and they think the barking will get you to increase your speed in giving them what they want. It’s a very common form of barking!

2.     Alert Barking:

Alert barking is when your dog hears a noise outside of your door or someone knocks with the intention of entering your space & they bark. Your pup is intending to draw attention to the fact that they think someone is outside & about to potentially enter. Here your dog is feeling there is a “job” to be done, and they are responsible for getting that job done. The job is to “alert” you that someone is outside the door, in case the doorbell didn’t already let you know! Many dogs need to feel like they have a “job” to do. They feel this will please you and they are doing something productive! Your pup may also be feeling a bit nervous or anxious about the sounds or people outside the door until it is addressed by you.

3.     Boredom Barking:

Boredom barking usually develops in intelligent dogs when they are left alone or frequently unengaged for long periods of time. It manifests as a low grade continuous bark with no real purpose except self entertainment. Boredom barking may also be accompanied by torn up sofa cushions or raided garbage. In this case, your pup has a lot of excess energy (both mental and physical) that needs to be expelled in some way. Dogs get bored just like us and try to find ways to pass the time.

4.     Separation Barking:

Separation barking happens when a dog is crated or in a certain area and you leave their area and they start to bark. It is the result of a dog not understanding what they should do when they are expected to spend time without attention or humans nearby. It is accompanied by overall separation anxiety. Separation barking is often confused with boredom barking. However, this type of barking is usually higher pitched, almost panicked sounding. It is also accompanied by lots of drool or slobber and sometimes even self injury. Your dog may be suffering severe anxiety during these moments and will need some professional help. If you think your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety, we can help recommend a good trainer.

5.     Attention Seeking Barking:

Attention seeking barking is when your pup vocalizes at you when you’re not engaging with them with the intent of getting you to pet them or look at them. For example, if you’re sitting with a friend chatting, your pup may bark at you until you look at them or give them attention. They are craving you and don’t always want to share you with anything (or anyone) else.

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“Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.”
— Caroline Knapp

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