A dog would be barking for long if it woofs continuously for an average of 75 minutes, that is, between 60 and 90 minutes—this minute detail cuts across all average-sized dogs. Smaller dogs may not woof-woof for long, but if they feel like a threat is lurking, they will bark until the sound gets into your nerves.
As a dog owner, you should do your best to understand how your dog’s mind works. This way, you get the upper hand into training the dog so that it doesn’t bark without ceasing.
Each dog has its temperament, and as a dog owner, you should study your breed against the already available information. This article will explore and expand some of the issues in and around incessant dog barking.
Why Do Dogs Bark Without Stopping?
Why? Compulsions are not only for humans; our furry companies also get compelled to woof. The barking may express an inward feeling. Here are two reasons why dogs bark without ceasing:
1. Doggie May Be ill Or Injured
Like some people would wail when they stub their toes, so does a dog. If this your dog is in pain, make sure you get it to the vet for a test. The visit to the vet will help rule out any medical causes.
2. Doggie May Be Alone, Or What Experts Called Separation-Anxiety
When you’re gone, and your Dane or Retriever or Chihuahua is left alone, they are likely to start barking. Apart from woofing without stopping, other things your dog will do when it has separation-anxiety is pacing, depression, elimination, destruction, and other signs of distress.
The Kings And Queens Of Barking: Top 10 Woofers
|No.||Breed||What The Bark?|
|1.||Chihuahua||No other dog has got pipes like this Mexican breed. Many people know it as the yappy dog, and it barks non-stop. The main reason why it barks is aggression.|
|2.||Beagle||This dog is one incredibly loud breed. It comes from a variety of hound dogs, so howling and barking come heavily pre-installed. Its name has a French origin, meaning open throat, so the dog is quite the character.|
|3.||Miniature Schnauzer||The dog’s bark is a mega one.|
|4.||West Highland White Terrier||This dog barks at everything and anything that lives and moves.|
|5.||Golden Retriever||Talk about holding the Guinness World record for the loudest bark! The dog set the mark at 113 decibels (a unit of measuring frequency).|
|6.||German Shepherd||What would this guard dog be without its bark! This shepherd comes second to the Golden Retriever.|
|7.||Scottish Terrier||This breed has a determined and deep bark.|
|8.||Rottweiler||The secret to a Rottweiler’s bark is its weight, which is at an average of 100 pounds.|
|9.||Basset Hound||The barking of the Basset is in its name, Hound. It howls so loud you’ll think you have a wolf around.|
|10.||Miniature Pinscher||This dog may be adorable, but it surely barks loudly. It rewards every sound or sight with a woof-woof-woof, and it doesn’t seem to get tired.|
So, what should you take away? Good barkers work well as guard dogs, especially if they have the weight to back their strength up. If you’re a lover of silence, peace, and quietness, you shouldn’t pick any of the listed dogs because they’ll woof you to death.
In An Around Your Dog’s Woofing
So, what is barking? It is one of the ways that dogs vocalize. Most people love dog barks because the woofs act as signals, for example, when someone is approaching your house. Or, it can be a signal that Doggie needs something, maybe food. However, the barking can become incessant and turn into noise. If the behavior is pissing you off, you need to identify the cause of the woofing and address the issue with the newfound knowledge.
Dog are animals that are subjects and objects of reinforcement. If the furry guy sees that he gets a reward by barking, say a treat, he will surely use it to his advantage. With this in mind, you need to train your furry guy to quiet down on cue. There’s no need to bark for attention, is it, Mr. Doggie?
Make sure you identify the reason why it is barking by listening to the specific bark. Indeed, the woof will sound different if Doggie wants to go out and have some fun compared to if he wants to enter the house after he finishes playing. The next section will explore the different types of barks.
Much as you master the type of bark and the motivation behind it, it is not a guarantee that the continuous barking will stop. This guide is not a quick fix. At the back of your mind, you need to remember that the idea is to reduce the barking and not to eliminate it. Barking is spontaneous and trying to stop it is more of de-barking the Dog than decreasing the woofing. Also, you should know that different breeds of dogs usually woof louder than others, otherwise known as barkers. If your dog is any of these barker species, it won’t be easy to achieve results.
The Different Types Of Barking
1. Territory-Marking Barks
If your Dog were in the wilderness, it would be barking at other animals that overstep their boundaries. This type of barking is intuitive and will come out when your dog notice people and other pets stepping into what they consider their space. They will not stop until the ‘trespasser’ leaves.
2. Alarm Barks
When any alarm that is in the vicinity goes off, the dog will explode with its noises. Many dogs that dish out alarm barks often have stiff body language. They may pounce forward as they bark, trying to identify the alarm cause and neutralize it. Most security animals are experts in alarm barking.
3. Attention-Drawing Barks
If you’re too busy on your computer and can’t spare a few minutes with Doggie, he will bark. He may be wanting your attention or something like a toy to play with, or a treat to nibble.
4. Welcome Barks
This bark is a somewhat awkward one. But, many dogs sound a welcome bark when they see someone they want to greet. Apart from the woof, you will see the excitement in the dog’s face and eyes, and the dog’s tail will be wagging in the air. On top of the bark, the dog may also whine. The welcome bark will stop when the visitor comes down and tries to pet the dog.
5. Compelled Bark
Have you ever shouted for no reason, but because you felt a sudden need to cry? That’s how the compelled bark works. A dog may start barking excessively and repeatedly like he is trying to break a record. The compelled barking may lead to a back-and-forth running across the yard. Whatever goes through the dog’s mind during compelled barking, no one knows.
6. Vicarious Bark
How does a vicarious bark work? A dog may start barking when it hears the sound of other dogs barking. Some avenues call it socially-facilitated barking. Since dogs have a powerful hearing, they may pick out the sound of barking away, one that you may not hear yourself.
7. Frustrated Barking
When a dog is locked up or placed in a situation that frustrates them, they may start barking and stop only when the situation gets better. For example, the dogs may bark at the direction of the door that is preventing them from accessing their playmates.
Getting Your Dog To Quiet Down: De-Noising Techniques
If you’ve got this far, it means that your dog’s incessant barking has reached your last nerve. Not to worry – this section will present de-noising techniques since the barks have become noises, and you need to deal with them. As you go through them, have it in mind that they can all help, but they are not quick fixes, and you will need to give them time. The more you engage the trick, the more it is likely to work. If you are a behavioral psychologist, you know how the ideas of conditioning and reinforcement operate.
1. Do Away With Whatever Motivates The Barks
Your dog may be getting some reward out of his incessant barking. If that weren’t the case, he wouldn’t be woofing from dusk till dawn. To remove the motivation, you first need to find out what it is.
For example, if the dog is barking at passers-by, remove them out of his visual space. He could be peeping through the window and start barking when he sees them, so close the curtains or take the dog to another room. If the dog is woofing at people from the yard, bring them inside the house and engage them in a fun activity. You should never leave a barker dog unsupervised. His barking may compel him to pursue the subject of his woofing and disappear in the process.
2. Ignorance Is The Defense
If the barks are attention-drawing, ignorance is a good defense. With attention-drawing woofs, the dog may even look at you when woofing. Look the other way and avoid touching or talking to them. If you do, it will register in their minds that to get your attention, they need to bark. Only attend to them when they have their muzzles closed in and mouths shut. At that point, please give them a snack for the change of behavior.
The success of this ignorance method depends on how patient you can get. You may need to wait until their barking downs, and it may go on for at least an hour. If you interrupt the bark with a yell, the dog will blow your roof the next time. Here are more boiled-down tips:
a) In a move to ignore them, turn your back.
b) When they stop, face and praise them, then treat them.
c) Please increase the number of treats you give with an increase in their obedience to shut the bark up.
3. Stimulus Desensitization
Let your dog encounter what makes them bark many times so that the woofing stops. This technique will work if the bark is the territory-marking one. If your dog keeps barking at a neighbor’s dog (stimulus), increase the number of visits you make to your neighbor, and tag the dog along with you.
Once the dog sees the stimulus and starts barking, feed the dog a lot of good treats; you can give them a bully stick, which will take them a lot of time to chew. The stimulus dog needs to be within the vicinity. When the stimulus disappears, stop the party and hold on to the treats. When the other dog (or person) appears, feed the treats. You will be conditioning the dog to think that whenever the stimulus is around, good things (such as treats) can happen. This way, the dog will gradually stop barking at that particular being.
4. Make Your Dog Exhibit An Incompatible Behavior
When your dog sounds the first bark, you need to control them to do something opposite from the woofing. When you hear the first woof, you can take the dog’s favorite toy and throw it under the bed. Let the dog go searching for it and shut the bark up!
Once the dog gets the toy, reward the good behavior with a sweet treat. This method works well if the dog is making a constant welcome bark. Controlling the bark will make any of the guests coming into your house feel less scared.
5. Tire The Dog To The Bone
Getting your dog playing, walking, or exercising will wear it out completely. Without the mental and physical energy, the dog will not woof around without aim. Use toys to get the dog running, and then let it have some rest. You can enjoy the peaceful quietness you need to do your stuff.
6. Talk To A Certified Dog Trainer
This technique works if your dog is one of the barking maniacs. You can look up the nearest dog center, and there, you can consult a pro. If steps one to five don’t work, this is the move to make.
Whichever technique you go with, always have these tips in mind:
a) Avoid yelling at your dog to quiet it down – someone who is passing by may not know which one is the dog or the man.
b) If you go for training, keep the sessions upbeat, positive, and as engaging as they can get.
c) Consistency – if you choose one technique, stick to it. This discipline will avoid getting your dog confused. If you are many in a family, make sure that every person is reading from the same technique script.
The Don’ts: What Not To Do When Doggie Is Woof-Woofing
1. Discourage your dog from woofing at some critical sounds, such as pedestrians crossing a road. The barking may scare them, which is a risk factor for car accidents. Whenever your dog barks, you should not place the blame on anyone else. You should immediately resort to quieting the animal down.
2. Do not inflict pain on your dog for barking incessantly. The dog may become depressed because punishment is suppressing its natural inclination to woof.
3. Be consistent in what you want the dog to bark at. Let the dork bark at the door, but discourage it from interrupting children from having fun at the park.
4. Avoid using a muzzle to shut your dog’s barking for long periods, especially when you are not supervising them. Remember that they need to pant, eat, and drink. Doing this would be considered inhumane.
5. As you control your dog’s barking, avoid tying the dog’s muzzle with a cord, rubber bands, or a rope. Although it may prevent the barking, the tying may become too painful for Doggie.
Products To Bring The Woofing Down (Anti-Barking Equipment)
On the market, there are different items made to tone down the woofing. These items, called anti-barking equipment, help deter barking. The principle they all operate with is negative reinforcement, guided by the law of effect. Barking too much is unwanted behavior, and it should not get reinforced. Here are the tools:
Collars get fitted with a small device. The device usually produces electric shock whenever it picks out that the Dog is barking. If you know invisible fences, then you have a better picture of what the collars are. Usually, the collars have two metal prongs that get through the fur of your pup and contact the skin entirely.
Because of their pain-inducing mechanism, the collars came under a lot of controversy in the past. Older collar models produced a significant amount of shock. Those collars would do more harm than good, and they got ousted off the market. There was no need for a collar shock that prevented continuous barking but promoted fear within the dog – a fear that led to destructive behavior.
Modern collars are a significant improvement from their older counterparts. They help improve barking behavior and hurt the dog the least.
2. Sound Emitters
These devices interrupt the hearing of the dog by producing a high-frequency sound that displeases the dog. In turn, their barking behavior gets suppressed.
Not to worry – the sound emitters operate within safe levels. As you work with it to control the dog’s barking, the sounds will not harm the dog in the process.