Discovering the Cause of Barking in Dogs

If nuisance dog barking is a problem, consider these issues to find a solution.


Some clients tell me that they love coming home because their dog greets them excitedly by jumping and barking. They feel this proves their dogs love for and bond with the family.

But look at a dog in a natural setting he doesn't bark and yelp and jump on his pack mates in a burst of affection.

So what are my clients dogs trying to say?

Looking Deeper for Answers
Dogs that greet their owners in this way are trying to communicate. But rather than professing undying love, they're probably trying to tell you that they're lonely and bored and that their needs as a dog are not being met. The excitement that you see is your dogs way of burning off the excess energy that has been building throughout the day.

People shouldn't be disappointed by this revelation. This just means that dogs don't use emotions like people do. Remember, they're dogs. To love a dog means you must treat him like an animal, which means fulfilling him as Nature intended him to be fulfilled.

Now, lets get back to our barking dog. So-called nuisance barking which is often ongoing and not in response to a particular stimulus, like a jogger running by the house is your dogs way of sending you a distress signal.

Somewhere his needs as an animal are not being met. Is his world anchored by a pack leader who projects calm, assertive energy? Are you walking with him every day, which exercises his body and his mind? Is he living a balanced life?

If nuisance barking is a problem, consider these issues to find a solution. Its the best way to show real love for your dog.

Next Step: Tips for a dog who jumps up on guests

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Get more tips from Cesar.

Note: Cesar Millan is a professional. Please consult a qualified trainer before attempting these techniques with your dog.

For more information, visit Cesar Millans Dog Psychology Center where the express purpose is to rehabilitate and maintain a dogs natural state of being.


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Sherida   cutler, Ohio

10/30/2013 9:10:30 AM

I have yorkie that barking from daylight to dark in mornings I thought it was because she wanted to eat, I feed her and she still barks and barks when we come in barks when she hears the littlest noise. We have 5 weiner dogs and a pug , a dalmation and 3 boxers. I try to spend time with them all and love on all of them but still the Yorkie barks. Even put a barker collar on her and it still did not work she still keeps barking, please help by send me some pointers on what to do. My husband has grown to hate her and wants me to get read of her. HELP!!!!!!!!!!

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Keishara   Canaan, Vermont

1/18/2013 3:29:31 PM

I have a two year old pure bred black lab. Whenever she sees people she does not know she barks and will continue to do so the entire time the are around. If she isn't barking then she is muttering and will not stop until they leave. I have tried bribing her, distracting her by talking to her but neither have worked. I do not know what to do. Could you help me?

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Susan   Norfolk, Virginia

1/16/2013 6:05:02 PM

My dog eats anything and everything, socks, underwear, rocks, tree branches, etc. We had to take to the vet for eating tacks. I've tried a muzzle, but I really don't like that. I don't know what to do. HELP!!!

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Caroline   Atlanta, Georgia

12/18/2012 4:52:35 PM

I have a 15 months old poodle , the first 6months he was fine all of a sudden he started this high pitch bark or loud noise at first we thought he was hurt , screaming at any given time getting off the elevator if some gets on sometime , or walking by someone only sometime , my condo has ask me to move or put my dog down everyone says its not normal , I don't know what to do ? He is a beautiful chocolate poodle please help me I have 60 days . Oh yes I've tried training it has not worked .

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