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Dog barks at peers: what can you do?


If your dog barks at every encounter with other four-legged friends, it can be quite exhausting. If you know the causes of this behavior, you can get rid of this behavior with patience, calmness and sovereignty. Many a dog has to bark at everyone of its own kind - Image: Shutterstock / dogboxstudio

Constant barking in dogs can have a variety of reasons, but barking almost always shows that your darling is not feeling well. Fear can quickly turn into aggression and physical discomfort can put the dog in a state of tension that leads to barking at every little thing.

Why a dog barks when meeting other dogs

Yapping is really not the preferred way of communication for dogs. If a dog barks at a fellow animal, it usually does not see any other way of expressing itself. Body language is much more important than the voice between dogs. Especially when walking on a leash, the four-legged friends are sometimes very limited in their possibilities, since they cannot move and sniff freely. Uncertainty, fear and aggression are often the result and then your furry friend only has to bark. He just doesn't know what else to do.

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Training tip: Give your dog security

Practice meeting your fellow animals with your dog - of course, only in suitable, safe places. Such exercises not only make sense if you already have a bell problem, but can prevent your dog from developing such behavior from the start. If the animal is sovereign when dealing with its peers, yapping is much less common, even on a leash.

If your companion on four paws on the next walk still needs to express his discomfort loudly, you should definitely stay calm. This also means that ranting is not a solution. Your pet then thinks you are yapping too and feels empowered that this is the correct behavior. In addition, scolding does not offer instructions for action. Bello then knows what he shouldn't do, but has no idea what to expect from him instead and is all the more unsettled. So show alternative behaviors, such as quietly walking past the other dogs.

Parenting tip: reward good behavior

In the short term, you may be able to avoid encounters with fellow species, but in the long term you need a solution that changes the dog's behavior. Positive reinforcement makes more sense than punishment and should always be done during the desired behavior, not afterwards. One possibility is the so-called "beautiful feeding", which means that there is a treat during the encounter with other dogs.

Barking is prevented in a delicious way by eating. In this way, encounters with fellow species have a pleasant component and your dog increasingly associates a nice feeling with such gatherings. Feeding tubes or chewing sticks are particularly suitable for this, since chewing and sucking also have a relaxing effect. Proper timing is extremely important when it comes to rewards, as otherwise you may reinforce the behavior that you actually want to get rid of.