Why Is My Dog Barking? It Could Be Verbal Communication

Why is My Dog Barking
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There are a lot of reasons that your dog could be barking, but in this post, we will focus on the ones that fall under the category of Verbal Communication. We talked about the other categories in a post called “Why Does My Dog Bark?”

This kind of barking is when your dog is trying to tell you something. There are many things that your dog could be wanting to say. It’s all about paying close attention to when they bark. If you can do that, you’ll know exactly why they’re doing it and that will help you stop their excessive barking.

Regardless, we’re going to list some of the most common things that our furry friends might be trying to tell us.

They Need to Go to the Bathroom

As humans, we sometimes forget that our pups count on us to take them outside to go potty. We will hear them bark and think that they’re just trying to annoy us, but really, they just want to go to the bathroom. If this is your dog, before anything else, make sure you take them outside.

Now, we can get down to solving this problem. Although we can’t cover the specific strategies all in this blog post (we’ll write one specific for that!), we can give you the gist of it:

Although there is more to do than just these things, it should be enough to get you started.

My Dog is Barking When They’re Greeting Someone

If every time your friends walk in the door your dog is happily barking and maybe spinning around energetically, you shouldn’t be asking yourself the question, “Why Is My Dog Barking?” In this case, it’s obvious that your dog is just trying to communicate with your new guests!

Of course, this can still be a problem, especially if it’s excessive, it happens late at night while young children are sleeping, etc. Even though your dog really means no harm by barking, it’s still something that can be irritating at times.

With that being said, here are some things you can do in any barking situation:

  • Don’t Yell at Your Dog (They’ll Think You’re Barking with Them)
  • Stay Positive: Don’t Get Upset or Frustrated
  • Be Consistent: Don’t Let it Be Okay Sometimes but Not Others


That should be enough to keep you busy while we work on an in-depth post on the strategies for making it through this issue. We’ll keep this page updated!

ALERT: Doggo is Barking to Let You Know Something is Going On

Similar to their owners, dogs like to tell people when something fishy is going on. A lot of times barking is the way they do that.

Now, this isn’t always a bad thing. A lot of times, you want your dog to let you know that something isn’t right! Some owners even get dogs with this exact reason in mind. They don’t just want it, they expect it!

Obviously, if you’re reading this post, your dog’s barking is probably excessive. If this is the case, they’re likely alerting you of silly things like the raccoon across the street, the lizard on the front porch, or some other event that isn’t really something we want to be alerted of.

Why is My Dog Barking

In this situation, here are some things you can try:

  • Desensitize Your Dog to These “Silly” Things: If you want them to stop barking at these things, try showering them with attention (and maybe some treats) when you see the thing happen. This shows them that there is more to gain than barking to let you know.
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They Just Want Some Love: They’re Lonely or Bored

If your dog barks when they’re lonely or bored, it’s time to give them some love!

However, there’s a catch! You can’t just give them love when they bark; that’s actually going to encourage their behavior! Here is what you should do:

  • Make sure that you are giving your dog attention when they are being quiet throughout the day
  • When your dog does start barking, ignore them until they stop and then PRAISE and REWARD them with a nice treat
  • Be patient and calm with your dog – they can sense your emotions


If you stick with these tips, your dog will be much quieter! Of course, we will update you when we have a more comprehensive strategy to tackle this particular barking problem. Stay tuned!

Final Thoughts on Why Your Dog Is Barking

Although there are many reasons why your dog is barking, verbal communication is one of the big ones. If you think about it for a second, it actually makes a lot of sense too. As humans, we take the exchanges of words we have with each other for granted. Our pups need to have a way to express themselves too! Our goal is to get them to do that within reason.

Please let me know what your #1 biggest question is around bark training and dog barking! I’d love to reach back out and get you an answer and hopefully even turn it into a new post just for you that others could learn from as well! I hope to hear from you all soon!

Kevin Larrivee

Kevin Larrivee

Kevin is a life-long dog lover who loves sharing his dog training experience with others. Kevin finds the most excitement in answering questions that average dog owners have, especially if he doesn't know the answer! Continuous learning is what it is all about!

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