Has your dog ever barked at two in the morning at basically nothing in particular? It seems as if it will never stop. And all you want to do is to finally go back to sleep so you can at least get some rest before you have to wake up to go to work. In those moment we can’t help but wonder — Do dogs get tired of barking?
You will be bummed to learn the answer to that question. The disappointing and (un)surprising truth is: Not necessarily. However, there is still some hope left. Because they will in fact start to bark less after some time. But that doesn’t necessarily have to mean that they got tired of it.
To know how to stop your dog from barking, you need to understand why they even bark in the first place. Even if it seems to you like there literally couldn’t be any reason at all, their barking was triggered by something. There are many different reasons as to why dogs may bark. In this article we will discuss the most common ones.
Why do dogs bark so excessively?
Now that we answered up the question “Do dogs get tired of barking”, let’s dissect why dogs bark excessively in the first place.
If your dog is barking without stopping, the problem is most likely not in him. Instead the problem is in the environment that is surrounding him. It can be you, your neighbor, other dogs, or something completely different.
There could be thousands of possible reasons that your dog is barking so excessively. However, the most common reasons why dogs bark are:
Anxiety triggers dog to bark excessively. But not only barking, they also start doing things such as howling, pacing, chewing…
The most common trigger for dogs to start barking is separation anxiety. The moment your dog sees you walking out of your house, he loses it and starts to bark nonstop. But there are things that you can do to help.
The easiest thing to do is to tire out your dog before leaving. Have a nice walk with him before leaving for work. Get the needed exercise. Dogs may not get tired from barking, but running and pacing around sure helps. So with getting them some exercise they will have less energy to spend on destructive behaviors.
Help making your dog feel less alone. Leave the TV or radio on, or maybe even consider getting another dog. By getting another dog they will have someone to keep them company.
Boredom or loneliness
Dogs are pack animals and they also love to be active. They can start barking simply to feel a bit less lonely and to keep themselves busy. If your dog is alone a lot during the day, consider getting a dog sitter or taking him into doggy daycare. If you can’t afford this, make sure your fog has enough toys. Or check up on them during your lunch break so they don’t feel alone.
Your dog can also bark while you’re home. He does this to catch your attention. Attention seeking barking is often seen in puppies. Play with your dog and make them know you are there.
Our pups think that it’s their job to protect us and our home. That’s why they start barking whenever they think that there is a threat around.
It’s a way of warning us that danger is near. Clearly, it’s way more likely that just the mailman is near. That’s because even though our dogs are incredibly smart, they don’t have a great sense of what constitutes a threat. Which makes them bark at whoever or whatever is near our homes.
One thing you can do is blocking your dog’s view outside the house using curtains or a fence.
Even though this is effective, it won’t solve the problem at the root. To completely remove their territorial barking, try desensitizing them to whatever may be the trigger of their destructive behaviors. You do this by rewarding your dog whenever he stays calm and doesn’t react by barking.
Conclusion: Do dogs get tired of barking?
While to us it seems like our dogs are barking excessively at nothing at all, they always see a reason. However, it might not be a valid reason for us. But you will have to get into your dog’s psyche to actually solve this problem. Because the best way to make your dog stop barking is to eliminate the reason why they are doing it in the first place.
We wish that this was as easy as it sounds. However, it isn’t. You will very often have to be creative and find ways to work around your dog’s barking triggered.
You can also try other methods, such as training your dog to get less triggered by different things, which will also result in less barking.
However, some dog’s bark due to emotional discomfort. Your dog may also bark out of loneliness and boredom, so he’s trying everything he can do to get your attention. This is especially common in puppies.
Dog owners will have to get creative with this to help their dogs calm down with the barking. But a good training and a positive attitude can always do wonders.