Over the past couple of days, we have discussed several reasons that could be what makes your dog bark. If you haven’t checked out the first post in this series, we encourage you to check it out! It’s an overview of what makes your dog bark called “Why Does My Dog Bark?”
Anyways, one of the reasons that we talked about was that your dog is potentially territorial or protective. Read on as we dive deeper into each one.
Territorial Tendencies Make Some Dogs Bark
First of all, let me just give you a quick definition of what I mean when I say territorial. What I mean is that the dog will start barking, usually in an angry way, whenever someone or something gets close to a space that the dog likes a lot.
Territorial dogs will bark for a couple reasons. Some of them are territorial because of things that happened to them in the past. Something like a previous owner that was abusive or a painful experience can cause a dog to get this way.
Although it’s tough, it isn’t an impossible problem to tackle. Dog’s usually are territorial over these things:
- Themselves and their personal space
- A spot in the house like their crate, bed, corner, etc.
- The house in general
- Your car
More on Territorial Barkers
No matter which one they’re territorial over, they will probably bark aggressively at people when they get near these spots. If they seem like they’re barking happily at these people, then it might just be a greeting bark which is covered in the article titled “Why Is My Dog Barking? It Could Be: Vocal Communication”. Again, it doesn’t matter how good you are at dog training if you can’t answer the question, “What Makes My Dog Bark?”
If your dog is snapping at or biting people, we would tell you that you should talk to a local dog trainer or your vet. This is because we don’t want to give you any information that can cause harm to you or your dog. A vet or local trainer can give you way better help than we could in a situation like that.
To stop this kind of barking, you will want to start associating the people coming into their spaces with good things like treats and praise! We’ll write more on this in another post and keep this page updated when an in-depth plan is available.
“What makes protective dogs bark?” you might ask. Well, the answer is simple. They like something so much that they are going to try to protect it.
Some common things that your dog might try to protect are:
- People They Like or Love A Lot
- Their Favorite (Or Any) Toy
- Food of Any Kind
Of course, the only way to know for sure that your dog is barking for one of these reasons is to pay attention to them when they are barking. What is it that makes your dog bark? Seriously. Let us know in the comment section below! We wanna know!
Similar to how we deal with territorial barkers, the way we would deal with Protective Barkers is to make sure that positive things (think treats, praise, petting, etc.) are associated with a person getting close to the thing(s) they are protective over. You’ll see immediate results just doing this one thing. Again, we’ll keep you updated when we release a comprehensive plan for dealing with protective barking.
I like to end all of my blog posts with some final thoughts about the article. In this case, I just want to point out how important it is to know the answer to the question, “What Makes My Dog Bark?” I say this over and over again in this article because the two solutions for barking in this post were very similar.
Unfortunately, for other barking reasons, that’s just not true. You’re going to have to use a different plan to get your dog to stop barking.
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One last thing: Let me know what is making your dog bark and what kind of barking tips or training that you want me to write about! Just type your comment(s) in below and I’ll be sure to respond! I really want to help in any way that I can. I hope to hear from you guys soon!