Why do little dogs bark so much
Why do little dogs bark so much?
Do small dogs really bark more than large dogs? On this page we will show you why that could be the case.
You will also find tips on how to train your dog from the pointless yapping. Because that has a lot to do with upbringing.
Some dogs hardly ever bark. And then there are the dogs that bark incessantly and don't want to stop.
You are sure to have a small dog in front of you right away.
But why is there this cliché of the small yapping dog? And is it really true that the little ones bark the most and loudest?
Barking is communication
Dogs bark to communicate with one another.
Dogs communicate with each other and with us humans in very different ways:
Sense of smell
The sense of smell is particularly important. He is in action on walks, when the male dog marks his territory or the dog “reads” the scent marks of the conspecifics.
Dogs like to use body language for communication. Everyone knows the well-known “dog look”, which is irresistible for us humans.
Dogs also talk about physical contact. Think about what your dog does when he wants to cuddle?
Does he nudge you or does he just lie down next to you? You surely know these signs very well.
Barking has special tasks
In contrast to these types of communication, barking is necessary when dogs want to communicate something without physical or visual contact. The dog expects an immediate reaction to the bark.
For us humans it is often simply not understand why the dog barks. We don't understand him. Therefore we usually do not know why the situation at the moment simply makes it necessary for the dog to bark.
Dogs bark for different reasons
In a pack of dogs, the task of barking is to warn, to call the pack members together and to scare away foreign intruders.
Dogs that live with us humans no longer bark just to warn or to drive away. They bark for very different reasons, because they have adapted to living with us.
This is how dogs bark when you are alone. They then call for their caregiver.
If several dogs live in the vicinity, dogs will start to bark when the neighboring dog barks. They just imitate him.
Dogs can bark out of boredom when they want our attention. Because dogs know very well that we usually react to it very quickly.
Exaggerated barking is a fault of upbringing
Dogs that were not adequately socialized as puppies tend to bark at people or other dogs. Some dog breeds get upset easily and then bark significantly more than others.
So some breeds of dogs are more prone to barking than others.
Excessive barking, however, is almost never race-related. Unfortunately, it is mostly a fault in the upbringing.
Our domestic dogs have learned from living with us that their barking almost always results in a reaction from us.
Basically, it is our own fault if our four-legged friend develops into a yapping hyena.
And here the little ones are often really at the front because the keepers are not consistent enough in their upbringing and let a lot of things slip. True to the motto: “Oh, the little one is so cute, I can always raise him later”.
Advice: Dog barks when the doorbell rings
The dog trainer Mirjam Cordt has combined her tried and tested training methods into an online course.
Click here to read more about the guide to “Awaken the Optimist In Your Dog”.
As step-by-step instructions, you will learn in the online course to understand the reasons why your dog reacts anxiously or aggressively.
Why do small dogs bark more often?
First example: Just imagine if you were walking a large dog, such as a Great Dane that weighs 50 to 60 pounds. No matter who comes towards you, the dog will start barking like crazy.
The passers-by will become anxious and angry with the dog and you as the dog owner will react.
Second example: Now imagine that the dog on your leash is a tiny two-pound Chihuahua or Yorkie who is acting like mad.
Many of the oncoming people are more likely to acknowledge these outbursts with a smile. He can't do anything anyway, can he? Do you notice the difference?
We can influence the dog
So our behavior can have a very strong influence on the behavior of our dogs. We have to make sure that the dog feels comfortable, does not have to suffer from fears and does not get upset.
Never answer barking with “barking”
If the dog barks at an undesirable moment, we tend to talk to the dog or to address it sharply at one point or another. But that is exactly the wrong way to go.
In no case should you “bark along”. Otherwise your dog will feel validated because he thinks we support him. Instead of “barking along”, ignoring is usually the much better reaction.
Barking is a matter of education
Often the dog comes to us at a certain age and already has its quirks. No matter why the dog turned out to be a yapper, you must first find out why.
After that, targeted training with the help of a dog trainer can help get the yapping under control.
But please don't be under any false illusions. It's a long and hard road. And not only dog owners with small breeds go this way.
If small dogs really bark so much more than big dogs, then it is our fault. Think back to the example of a Chihuahua and a Great Dane who bark equally. Great Dane owners may just be more consistent in their dog training.
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