Why is My Dog Motivated to Bark?

Why is My Dog Motivated to Bark
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Unfortunately, many dog owners suffer with excessive barking from their pups with little to no idea why it happens or how to stop it. Sometimes, you ask yourself, “Why is My Dog Motivated to Bark?”

In our previous post, we talked about how to answer the question, “Why Does My Dog Bark?” (Be sure to check it out!) One of the 3 reasons was that they were motivated to do so.

Therefore, we decided to follow up on what motivations your dog may have to bark.

Motivation Barking: What is My Dog’s Motivation to Bark?

If you don’t know why your dog is barking, it can make it really hard to start the training process to stop the barking. In this video, I’ll tell you about some of the reasons that your dog may be motivated to bark.

Your Dog is Seeking Attention

Just to be clear, our dogs almost ALWAYS want our attention. When they don’t get it, it’s like they don’t know what to do. They search for an answer, anything that will help to get you (the owner) to pay attention to them.

Yes, one of those ways is barking!

When your dog barks, they don’t necessarily get your attention right away. Now, this is the important part! Once you turn to them and tell them to “Be Quiet” or “Shhh!” or whatever it may be, that’s when they have your attention.

Why is My Dog Motivated to Bark

Do You Want the Simple Solution?

Don’t give them what they want until they start barking! I know it’s easier to type and talk about than it is to actually do it, but if you want to start eliminating your dog’s motivation to bark, then this one has to start with you as the owner.

Dopamine is Released in Your Dog’s Brain

Although dogs are quite different in many ways from humans, the fact that their brains release dopamine is very similar to the way our brains release dopamine. In fact, it’s almost identical!

When you start to ask yourself why your dog is motivated to bark, and you really can’t figure our why, the answer might simply be that they like the dopamine that is released when they bark. It’s kinda like when you get something off of your chest that you’ve been holding in for a while and you feel great once you finally get it out there. That’s the feeling that your dog might be having when they are barking.

The Solution to This Dopamine Motivated Barking?

We’ll dive a little deeper into the exact steps to take in a future post, but the basic idea is that you get your dog to experience the release of dopamine in other ways.

A Passerby May Motivate Your Dog to Bark

If your dog isn’t motivated by the last two reasons, odds are he is motivated by this last one, or at least some form of it.

Basically, your dog gets motivated by things that distract him. These can be:

  • Cyclists
  • Joggers
  • Weird Sounds
  • And Many More


If you think that your dog is experiencing some of these motivations, you’re halfway to solving their excessive barking problem!

Final Thoughts

Remember, knowing the reason for your dog’s barking is half the battle. Make sure you know the reason first before you start trying to solve your excessive barking problem.

If you still can’t answer the question “Why is My Dog Motivated to Bark?” then we encourage you to go back into our previous post titled “Why Does My Dog Bark?”

Training Tools

If you’re sure of why your dog is barking, you can get a tool like our Humane Bark Collar to help you train your dog to stop barking.

This isn’t a magical solution, but it will definitely help you get on the right track with just a little bit of extra training. A tool like this isn’t necessary but it will absolutely help the process run much smoother! You can check it out by clicking below:

Humane Dog Bark Collar

Humane Bark Collar

Only $19.99

  • Beeps & Vibration Only
  • Does NOT harm your dog
  • Adjustable Sensitivity
  • Easy Training with included eBook

We’d like to know! Why Does Your Dog Bark? Let us know in the comments below! We’ll get back to everyone with an answer to their question. Stay tuned for more barking updates in the coming days!

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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