Do Dogs Get Tired Of Barking?
Dogs do not get tired of barking necessarily, but a tired dog may bark less. All dogs bark, and there are many different reasons that a dog uses his voice including fear, alarm, as a form of greeting, and even boredom. While you can't expect a dog to be silent, excessive barking is a problem. A dog who exhibits this behavior is not likely to stop just because he grew tired of barking. Instead, you'll have to pinpoint the cause for the behavior and work on ways to address it.
Reasons for Excessive Barking
If your dog barks incessantly, it can be a problem for you, your neighbors, and the dog. The good news is that most excessive barking issues can be resolved if properly addressed. Some reasons your dog may bark nonstop include:
- Separation Anxiety: Separation anxiety is a condition that cannot be ignored. Some pet owners hope it will go away on its own, but it doesn't. Instead, if left untreated, the condition gets worse over time. Treatment options vary based on the severity of the anxiety, but a good first step is to talk to your vet. You can also read more about separation anxiety here.
- Loneliness/Boredom: Dogs are pack animals, and they aren't meant to be alone. A dog that is left alone in the yard or house all the time may bark just because he is lonely and bored. In such cases, spending lots of time with his humans, getting a dog sitter while you are out for the day, or taking him to doggy daycare may be all it takes to correct the problem.
- Stress: There are many reasons a dog may feel stress, and all of them can lead to excess barking. Calming collars, shirts, or diffusers may provide a solution for mild stress. More severe cases may require medication or behavioral therapy.
As mentioned above, dogs won't get tired of barking, but a tired dog may bark less. Make sure your pet gets plenty of playtime and exercise as this alone could help to curb constant barking.
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