According to a paper that I read recently, nuisance barking is identified as a major, worldwide behavior problem that affects 1 in 3 dogs, is a frequent cause of neighbor disputes, and is a common cause of relinquishment of dogs by their owners to shelters and rescue groups (1).
Hmmm…. Nuisance barking.
So, once again, it is all about us. Because really, if we asked the dogs to tell us why they are barking, I would venture that the vast majority would NOT say: “Oh, because I want to be a nuisance“.
Rather (and I know you trainers and behaviorists are with me on this one), their reasons, in no particular order, are much more likely to be:
- I am bored because I spend too much time alone.
- I am stressed because I am uncomfortable being alone.
- I feel territorial around my home’s doors, windows, or yard.
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