Dachshunds bark a lot
Why do dogs bark?
The fact is: dogs don't bark for no reason, but to express themselves. For example, they feel joy because they finally see you again.
However, dogs bark disproportionately and in situations where it is not wanted they express negative feelings. A typical example of barking in undesirable situations is when you meet others on the street or when your dog starts barking at everyone who walks by your property.
Uncertainty, fear, frustration, or boredom are some of the most common causes of excessive barking. Anything that increases the dog's excitement can also increase the barking. These include, for example:
- Mood transfer: If you are nervous, your dog will get nervous too.
- Increased expectations: you hold a ball in your hand - when does it start?
- You scold - the dog thinks you are "barking" too.
- The dog must involuntarily go to the supposed "danger" - the fear grows.
Barking is part of the dog's nature
Guarding is in the blood of many dogs. They bark to indicate an intruder in their common territory. Be it the postman or the neighbor loading his car in the driveway.
Some hunting dogs also report game via barking - so it's no wonder that they prefer to communicate more than others. In the case of these dogs, the aim is not to completely suppress the barking - and thus their nature. The goal is to turn the yapping into a short throw with education.
Barking out of uncertainty
For example, if your dog barks at other dogs or strollers, it is usually because he is insecure or scared. This is often the case with young dogs in particular. For example, they perceive a rollator as a threat or certain other dogs.
Often the owner's insecurity increases the behavior: Another dog approaches, you tighten the leash. The dog notices: “My two-legged friend is insecure - it would be better if I start a defense bark!” Confident dog management is the key to success here!
Barking out of frustration and boredom
Another cause of constant barking can be frustration. Dogs that are underutilized like to take small things as an occasion for a big Bell drama. After all, little else happens and the excess energy in the dog's body finds its way.
The brain also needs to be encouraged - for example with tricks or small tasks during a walk. Anti-bark training only makes sense with a busy dog.
Barking due to illness
In rare cases, chronic pain or other ailments related to an illness are behind the barking. It is not uncommon for an underactive thyroid gland to be the reason for increased anxiety and susceptibility to stress.
Before you begin to wean your dog from barking, it is advisable to visit the vet. This is the only way to rule out beyond any doubt that the cause of the frequent barking is physical.
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