If you’re a dog mom or dad, hearing a dog bark shouldn’t startle you, especially if the barking dog is your baby. In fact, hearing your dog barking has become a huge part of your life.
However, there are some days your dog barks so much and so loudly that you find yourself asking ” do dogs get tired of barking?”.
You ask this question not because you aren’t glad to have your fluffy baby around but sometimes you need a break. You’re human right? It can be frustrating and confusing when you try all you can to get your dog to stop barking but all to no avail.
No amount of treats or petting seems to get through to them. They want what they want, and they want it now! Sadly, you can’t seem to understand what exactly they want.
You’re not the only dog parent who feels this way sometimes. However, you’re different. Because you love your baby so much you want to find out what exactly it is they want. By the time you’re done reading this article you will have answers to these questions:
- Do dogs ever get tired of barking?
- How do I know what my dog is saying?
- How do I get my dog to stop barking?
Let’s start with the first question, shall we?
Do Dogs Ever Get Tired of Barking?
Imagine getting off work exhausted after a long day. You’re so tired that you even turned down a drinking invite by some of your work colleagues. All you want to do is go home, have some pizza for dinner, and sleep.
However, as soon as you climb on your front porch and open the door, you’re welcomed by your excited dog. Your dog is wagging its tail uncontrollably and barking loudly, it’s all over the place. It’s clear that your dog missed you and you also missed it. So you give it a light pet and a forehead kiss, then head for the bedroom. You need some sleep!
It’s been 2hours since you laid your head on your pillow, but you’ve not been able to get some sleep because your dog has refused to stop barking. You are so frustrated that you can’t help but ask “doesn’t this dog get tired of baking?”
Believe it or not, this is the reality of most dog parents.
The obvious truth is, that barking is a dog’s way of communicating. One thing we can both agree on is, that dogs will never stop barking. Asking a dog to stop barking is like asking a human to never speak.
As to whether they get tired of barking? The answer is, nope, they don’t.
Dogs are naturally energetic and affectionate creatures. They can’t hold themselves from expressing how they feel. This is why they’re such an adorable companion.
Unlike humans, if a dog loves you they’ll show you if they don’t like you they’ll pursue and bite you and if they’re pissed they’ll throw a tantrum. How a dog behaves is largely dependent on its surroundings.
Yes, we acknowledge that barking is a dog’s way of communicating but no one wants to be around a dog that barks non-stop for hours. That won’t be a fun experience, it’s a quick recipe for migraine.
So let’s address the second question:
How Do I Know What My Dog is Saying?
This is the one question that runs through every dog parent’s mind. You want to know what every bark made by your dog means.
Are they hungry?
Are they sick?
Do they need company?
Did their ball get missing?
Is there a weirdo on the block they’re trying to warn you about?
The truth is, understanding the meaning of your dog’s bark depends on your relationship with it. All dogs don’t bark the same way or have a similar reaction to things.
Why is My Dog Barking?
Luckily, you can easily associate what a bark means with how your dog behaves. Without wasting any more time, let’s look at some reasons why dogs bark and ways to interpret your dog’s bark.
1. Your Dog is Hungry
Just like every living creature on earth, when a dog is hungry it needs food. Unfortunately, it can’t tell you ” hey, I’m hungry”, so it barks at you.
To know when your dog is hungry, you need to study how it behaves when it’s hungry. No, it won’t bark a certain way when it’s hungry, it will behave a certain way. Your dog is excited: Dogs have feelings and they express them. It’s not hard to know when a dog is excited, it’ll be all over the place. Honestly, it takes a whole lot of work to contain an excited dog.
2. Your Dog Craves Attention
Dogs love attention and they don’t pretend about it. Some dogs can throw a tantrum when they aren’t getting the attention they want.
They also get very jealous when they see their favourite human showering the attention they want on someone else. It’s worse when it’s another dog, how dare you cheat on your dog? Your dog will lose it!
3. Something isn’t Right
There’s a reason why dogs are called ‘man’s best friend’, they’re protective of the ones they love. So if a dog suspects that something isn’t right, or a human they love is in danger, they bark.
They also bark intensely when they’re scared. Believe it or not but dogs get scared. They’re also very intuitive so they kinda know when something isn’t right.
Now that you know some reasons your dog will bark, let’s look at ways to stop your dog from barking when you’re not just in the mood.
How do I get my dog to stop barking?
Before we address ways to get your dog to stop barking, it’s important to note that how your dog reacts to your commands is determined by how it was groomed. With that being said, let’s go:
Give it What it Wants
If you know what your dog wants, give it. Provided what it wants isn’t harmful to it or anyone else, just let your dog have its way.
Ignore the barking
Sometimes dogs are unreasonable. It’s what it’s. Maybe it’s playing or having fun, you can’t fault it for being so loud. On such days you really have no choice but to ignore it.
Talk to your dog
Dogs might be dogs, but dogs listen. If you feel your dog is barking unnecessarily, nicely tell it to keep quiet. Of course, it won’t be as easy as that, but based on how your dog is groomed there are some languages your dog will listen to.
Visit the Vet
If you’ve tried all you can to get your dog to stop barking and it doesn’t, you need to visit the vet. Maybe there is something more going on.
Dogs are one of nature’s blessings to mankind, we can’t imagine a world without them. Sometimes they can be difficult to deal with, but hey, they’re always there for us during our bad days.
Yes, those barks can be very disturbing but they can’t be stopped. You just need to learn to understand what your dog wants or learn to adapt. In the end, you love your furry baby, right? What is love if we can’t accept the ones we claim to love the way they’re?