Excessive Barking in Dogs


Every dog barks. Even the Basenji, “the barkless dog”, can make some noise akin to a bark (though it's more like a yodel). They bark to say hello, to say they want something –“Feed me!” – and also to let you know if something’s going on or when they don’t like something.


That said, some of our furry buddies are loud mouths and just love to hear themselves bark all the time. That kind of barking becomes annoying and stressful for the people and other pets in your house.Expecting a dog to never bark is like asking a person to never talk. In fact, trying to quiet a dog’s normal barking can be extremely stressful and confusing for the dog. Imagine if someone shushed you every time you asked for food or when you needed something or put a piece of tape over your mouth so you couldn’t talk!

Barking: What's normal and what's annoying?
Good barking is pretty easy to identify:

  • When people come into your dog’s space, knock on the door, drive into your driveway, etc.
  • Reaction to loud or unusual noises (horns honking outside, thunder, or construction noise)
  • Asking to go out or telling you, “hey, I’m hungry.”
  • A perception on your dog’s part that any member of his family is nervous, afraid, or in harm

Nuisance barking is also usually pretty easy to spot:

  • “I’m barking simply because I like the sound of my own voice and I’m not going to stop anytime soon.”
  • Barking when wanting attention of any sort – “you’re not paying attention to me, so I’m going to bark,” “you left the room, so I’m going to bark,” and “you’re talking to your husband, I’m going to bark.”
  • Barking because someone else barks and getting the entire pack into a barking frenzy

If your dog exhibits “good barking” tendencies and it doesn’t cause problems within your home, we actually don’t recommend discouraging it. In fact, alert barking can be a good thing, as can reasonable “request barking” (i.e., I need or want something). To ensure your dog’s alert or request barking stays in control, acknowledge it by going to your dog, making physical contact with a stroke on the head or back, and say “good dog.” This will your dog know that you heard and that he or she doesn’t need to bark again.

If your dog nuisance barks, you should try to curb this behavior as soon as possible. The longer your dog does it, the harder it will be to stop.

Try to assess why your dog is barking. If it’s for an undesirable reason, catch him or her in the act and use a firm command like “no bark.” When the barking stops and your dog relaxes, shower him or her with praise.

If your dog gets caught up in the act of barking (sometimes dogs can really go into something like a trance when they bark), go to him or her and gently make physical contact so he or she pays attention (stroking your dog on the on the head, tapping on the shoulder) and then use the “no bark” command.

If your dog is a chronic and persistent barker, you can give your veterinarian a call and enlist some help. Also, a professional trainer might be able to give you some great suggestions specific to your dog and your environment.

Don’t punish your dog for barking. Even if it’s nuisance barking, it’s natural and your dog won’t understand why you’re punishing him or her for just being a dog. Always remember: stay calm, be patient, and show your dog lots of love.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.


How CBD Oil Can Help Reduce Your Dog’s Excessive Barking

Have you gotten complaints from your neighbors about your dog’s excessive barking? Nobody wants to be “that person/family” with the dog that everybody in the neighborhood hates. Why does your dog bark so much? How is it possible that CBD oil can help reduce your dog’s excessive barking? Here’s what you need to know.

What is CBD oil and how does it work?

You’ve probably heard that THC is the psychoactive component in marijuana. CBD is a component of hemp that has medicinal properties without the high of THC. What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana? Hemp and marijuana are different subtypes of the cannabis plant. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, while marijuana contains up to 30% THC. These cousin plants can offer similar health benefits, while CBD oil made from hemp doesn’t have the downsides of THC.

CBD affects the endocannabinoid system, which includes receptors throughout the body whose purpose is to stabilize the inside of the body despite fluctuations in the outside world. This newly-discovered biological system affects each part of the body, which is why it’s thought that cannabis products can help with such a wide variety of problems from anxiety to inflammation.

Why do dogs bark?

There are a lot of reasons dogs bark since it’s one of the primary ways they communicate with each other and their humans. Here are a few of the most common reasons that dogs bark:

-Feeling territorial or protective. This is evident in dogs who mostly bark when somebody or something gets too close to their home or person. These dogs are barking to warn that they own this area or person and they may even attack if they feel that their territory or person are being threatened. Dogs that are being territorial will often bark louder as the threat gets closer and will look alert and even aggressive.

-Alarm or fear. Just as you may yell when you are startled or afraid, your dog may bark to express these emotions. Most dogs who are perceived as aggressive are actually afraid or anxious and don’t have a better way of expressing those emotions.

-Boredom or loneliness. Dogs left alone for long periods of time may bark to let anybody within hearing distance know how upset they are about being alone.

-Playfulness. Sometimes dogs will bark when they are feeling playful or they see a friend they enjoy playing with. This type of barking is usually accompanied by happy body language such as a wagging tail.

-Wanting attention. Dogs will bark to let their human know that they want something such as to be fed or let outside.

-Separation anxiety. Some dogs become absolutely panicked when they are left alone. On top of barking incessantly, they may become destructive, especially around windows and doors where they are trying to escape. They may also choose to eliminate inside when left alone, even for short periods of time.

-Health problems. If none of the rest of these reasons seem to fit your dog, he may be experiencing a health problem such as canine cognitive dysfunction or deafness. If you suspect your dog’s barking is caused by a health problem, you should take him to the vet for an evaluation.

How can CBD oil help reduce excessive barking?

Obviously, something like CBD oil won’t prevent a dog who’s just feeling playful from barking, but there are several causes of barking that CAN be addressed by CBD oil. In particular, anxiety and some types of aggression can be helped greatly by CBD oil. After all, many types of aggression in dogs are fueled by anxiety, and the calming qualities of CBD oil can help relieve anxiety.

The endocannabinoid system is a bridge between the body and mind, so as the CBD oil affects the endocannabinoid receptors in your dog’s body, it also helps to calm his mind. With reduced anxiety, your dog has less reason to bark excessively.

Are you ready to try CBD oil to relieve your dog’s barking related to anxiety or aggression?

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.


How to stop a dog from barking at the TV

Every time there’s a commercial on television with dogs or animals in it, my Westie barks at it. I have tried using the leash when she barks and sitting her next to me. While she is on the leash, she behaves. But the minute I release her and there’s a commercial with animals in it, she is barking again. I have given her treats when she’s on the leash and there’s a commercial with animals in it and she doesn’t bark. But the day after, she is barking again. How do I stop her from barking at dogs on TV? -- Mirna, Eatonton, Georgia

Commercials and TV shows with barking dogs and doorbells tend to set off our canine friends. It’s not always easy to train a dog to never bark. After all, dogs have been bred to alert us for centuries. However, there are a few ways you can train your dog to stop barking once they start.

Start with your dog on the leash since that has already yielded some success for you. When your dog barks, say “ssshh” – a short, staccato sound. Most dogs react to this immediately and stop barking, at least for a moment. At that moment, use a clicker or a reward word like “bingo” to let them know they did something right, and then give them a treat. If your dog doesn’t react to this sound, then buy a Pet Corrector, which you can find online. It makes the same sort of sound but at a different velocity and pitch, which might work better for your dog. Be very consistent with the training and she should begin to understand your request over time.

Another option is to thank her for alerting you. This doesn’t work with all dogs, but when my dog barks to alert me to the doorbell, I sometimes say, “Thank you Buster.” He usually stops barking because I have acknowledged his alert. It sounds strange, but I have seen it work for some dogs.

Also look for ways to keep your dog busy while you are watching television. Introduce some puzzle toys or chew toys to keep her preoccupied and less likely to engage with the dogs on television.

Would feeding my cat a kidney diet cat food every day from early in its life prevent my cat from developing kidney disease? – Karen, Appleton, Wisconsin

No, it won’t prevent kidney disease and is actually a poor diet for healthy cats, according to Deb Zoran, DVM, Professor, CVMBS Small Animal Clinical Sciences Department at Texas A&M.

Zoran says, “A healthy cat needs a diet that is much higher in protein (greater than 40% protein if it is dry food or greater than 10% protein on the label of canned food). Because kidney diets are so low in protein (less than 26-28% protein), cats will start to lose their muscle mass because their body uses their own body muscle to replace what they need and which is not present in their diets.”

So please feed your cat a normal diet and wait to treat your cat for kidney failure should the time ever come.

I don’t understand what the story is with prescription cat food. We have two cats. Fiona has had no health problems whatsoever. Our other cat, Sally, had bladder stones, which we had surgically removed. Now our vet wants to prescribe this prescription cat food for Sally. Because we can’t control which one eats what, he says it’s OK for Fiona to eat the prescription cat food as well. If it’s OK for our healthy Fiona to eat it, what is the need for prescription cat food? – Stephen, Long Beach, New York

While it won’t hurt a cat to eat prescription food occasionally, it is not sufficient to maintain a healthy cat’s ongoing dietary needs. Prescription diets are meant to meet the medical needs of a sick animal and are not intended for healthy animals to eat. Prescription diets are expensive too, and it would get costly feeding two cats this diet when one cat doesn’t need it.

You can easily feed your cats different diets by halting free-feeding and feeding them in separate rooms twice a day. Another option is to purchase a microchip or collar-activated feeding dish that only opens for the cat with the corresponding microchip or collar. They can be worth the investment in a multi-cat home.


How to Stop your Dog from Excessively Barking

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If you live in close proximity to a barking dog, or happen to own one yourself, you know how annoying it can be. A barking fit can be triggered by the mailman, another dog or most frustratingly, something inexplicable. There is always a reason behind the barking, and the key to correcting the behavior is to first know the root cause. Here is our guide on fixing excessive dog barking!


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