April 10, 2022

Why is my dog barking at nothing

dog barking

Barking to a dog is like a voice to us. It is a means of communicating with its companions and the world around it. Through barking, dogs express emotion, attract attention, and warn of danger. Some dogs bark more, others less, and some hardly bark at all.

The intensity of barking can depend on the breed. Terriers, for example, get excited quickly and bark at high tones. Hounds are willing to raise their voices for any reason and enthusiastically pick up the barking of other dogs. Service dogs are usually much more silent than their relatives. They bark, for example, when alerting an intruder to a threat. Pet breeds have mastered the art of manipulation better than any other breed. With their barking, they imitate their owners’ speech and use different intonations to get what they want. 

Why is my dog barking and growling at nothing

Excessive barking is also a way of responding to the environment. It can be a characteristic of a dog’s temperament. We can say that among dogs, too, there are extroverts and introverts. However, a well-mannered dog should know the behavioral norms and stop barking at the owner’s command.

It is impossible for a dog not to bark. But your task is to teach it to control its emotions. If your dog barks all the time and ignores commands, you need to examine your positions. Is the chain of command still in place? Until you regain leadership, any educational approaches will be pointless. But remember, the leader for the dog is not the one who causes fear and punishes. It is the one who cares, who is firm and consistent in his actions. Why is my dog not barking at strangers? Why is my dog growling and barking at nothing? Let’s examine the main reasons.

Fear and stress

Frequent barking can be the result of a dog’s stressful state. If it doesn’t feel safe, if something is bothering it, barking helps relieve tension and relax the nervous system. 

What to do? 

Eliminate stressors if possible. If not, spend more time with your dog. Play and walk him frequently. Consult a veterinarian and a zoopsychologist. In severe cases the vet will recommend safe sedatives and the animal psychologist can help with the owner-dog bonding process.

High levels of anxiety

Some dogs respond by barking at any sound. For example, when another dog barks from the window, when someone walks past your door, or when an elevator opens on the landing. Perhaps the dog has had a traumatic experience in the past or it is a personality trait.

What to do?

Focus on practicing commands, work with obedience. The moment your dog barks, let him know you heard him. After all, it signals the approach of a “stranger” and expects a reaction from you. If you ignore it, it may become engrossed, very excited and it will be more difficult to calm it down. You can rub your dog behind the ear and quickly turn his attention to, for example, a game. 

Boredom and loneliness

Why is my dog barking at nothing in the house? Sometimes barking is a response to loneliness and boredom. For many dogs loneliness is devastating, making it very hard for them to stay in the company of themselves day in and day out.

What to do?

Try to spend as much time with your dog as possible. Pay attention to the physical and mental activity and the quality of sleep, and reconsider a routine. Don’t underestimate the importance of playing together for your dog – playing with your pet will develop it and strengthen your relationship. 

General guidelines

  • If you find your dog barking without reason, speak to your veterinarian first. It is important to rule out a health problem.
  • In severe cases, if your dog is harassing others and himself with constant barking, see your vet. He’ll prescribe a safe sedative.
  • It’s good to take your dog for a walk, just like an overactive child. Channel their energy in the right direction. Take him on more walks, play a variety of games, increase exercise levels and ensure your dog gets plenty of rest at home. Make sure your dog has the right balanced diet.
  • Emotional dogs need to be given an unemotional example. Try to behave with your pet in a low-key manner. Don’t be sorry when going to work and don’t arrange long goodbyes. When you come home from work, silently cuddle your dog. 
  • Be consistent. If you reprimand your dog today for barking loudly, don’t praise it tomorrow in the same situation.
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April 10, 2022

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