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Barking Problems

Barking is normal behavior for dogs and one of the ways they communicate with each other and with people. Barking can also reflect various emotional states such as excitement, fear, general arousal, anxiety or friendly playfulness. Expecting a dog to always be quiet is like expecting a person to never talk.

When dogs bark excessively it’s not only annoying for people but usually also a sign that things are not good for the dog either. You may be on the receiving end of a barking dog problem, listening to the constant barking of a neighbor’s dog. Or, as a dog owner, you may be the one who’s received the complaint from your neighbor or animal control. Barking problems often turn into people problems, because both neighbors and dog owners end up angry at one another.

There are seldom any “quick fixes” for barking problems. It’s not a good idea to just run out and buy a bark collar and snap it on your dog. Bark collars are not the right solution to every barking problem.

Before deciding what action to take, you first have to determine WHY your dog is barking. There are MANY reasons for excessive barking. Some dogs are “alarm barkers”, showing territorial behavior, barking at other dogs and passersby. Others bark because they are bored, are being left outside too long by themselves, aren’t getting their social needs met and leading a poor quality life.

Dogs often bark when they are afraid of noises or of being alone. Separation anxiety is a common cause of home alone barking. Attention-getting behavior can also account for excessive barking, as can frustration, when dogs can’t get something they want such as the squirrel running across the top of the fence.

Before taking action to resolve a barking problem, the reason for the excessive barking must first be determined. Problem resolution procedures for separation anxiety barking will be quite different from those needed to decrease a dog that is aggressively barking to defend his territory.

Anti-bark collars are quite appropriate for some barking problems, but definitely NOT recommended for others.


A good place for you to start is with our “Help! I’m Barking and I Can’t Be Quiet” book. Inside you’ll find our unique assessment tool that, after you answer a series of questions, leads you through a flow chart to determine WHY your dog is barking and then leads you to relevant behavior modification plans.

If you think your dog’s barking is due to separation anxiety, head on over to our audio CD on “Managing the Home Alone Dog”.

If your dog is barking in the car, on walks, or other times when he’s highly aroused, a most innovative and effective tool is the Calming Cap™. Essentially a comfortable hood that filters your dog’s vision, your dog is less reactive and therefore less likely to bark.

Barking at the door a problem? Our “Managing Chaos at the Door” audio CD gives you over 10 strategies to stop this behavior easily.

Animal Behavior Associates - Helping Fido
4994 S. Independence Way
Littleton, CO 80123

Phone: 303-932-9095
Fax: 303-932-2298