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Do Dogs Get Tired of Barking?

All dogs bark. It’s their way of communicating. But do dogs ever get tired of barking? And how can you break the cycle of incessant barking to make your home a more peaceful place? 

Do Dogs Get Tired of Barking?

Will your dog ever get tired of the sound of their own voice or bored with barking? No. The more your dog barks, the more they naturally want to bark. It is “self-reinforcing,” which means the more they do it, the more they want to do it.

Will your dog ever get physically tired enough to stop barking? Yes, but it can happen long after you’ve reached your limit.

Over time, a continuously barking dog will get physically tired, and a tired dog usually barks less. But, in most cases, your dog is likely to stop barking before that happens because the reason for the barking is gone, not because the barking itself has tired them out.

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Why Don’t Dogs Get Tired of Barking?

Barking is a dog’s way of communicating. If your dog doesn’t feel they are being listened to or having their needs met, they are going to keep “talking” by barking.

By doing your best to figure out what your dog is trying to tell you with their barking, not only will your dog be happier but you’ll also have a more bark-free home.

I should warn you that certain causes of incessant barking are not going to be an easy fix. They may require a significant commitment on the part of the pet parent, behavior modification, or even enlisting a professional dog trainer, veterinarian, or veterinary behaviorist.

That being said, it’s definitely worth the effort for both you and your pup.

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Reasons Why Dogs Bark

They’re Excited

Excited barking can start with anything from seeing their favorite person walk through the door to hearing the jingle of their leash to seeing another dog running through the front yard.

This type of barking usually fades as soon as the excitement fades. You can often spot excited barking by watching your dog’s body language. Wagging tails, spinning in circles, and dancing feet are all telltale signs of excited barking.

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They’re Hungry

If it’s about the time you normally feed your dog and you hear them barking for seemingly no reason, they might just be hungry and “asking” for food.

It’s good to be careful with this type of barking, though. If it’s not mealtime and your dog is barking for food, it may be tempting to give them a treat to stop the barking. 

However, then you’ve taught them that barking gets them treats. And you can count on them to remember that lesson.

They Want Attention

Do you have a habit of petting and playing with your pup when you get home from work? If you forget, your dog may start barking to get that wanted attention.

Taking your dog for a walk is another way of giving them attention. If it’s their regular walk time, they may start barking to remind you of that – and keep on barking until you actually head out the door.

They’re Bored

Dogs all have different needs for mental and physical stimulation. Some breeds in particular, like those in the herding and working classes, need a lot of physical and mental activity.

If they don’t get that stimulation, they may resort to constant barking and even destructive behaviors.

If you are interested in bringing home a high-energy dog, make sure you will be able to provide the activity they need. Otherwise, it can lead to frustration for both of you.

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They’re Anxious

Anxiety and fear in dogs can cause continuous barking.

Dog anxiety can be caused by many things, from strangers in the home to separation anxiety. Noise phobias are another common cause and can be triggered by things like thunderstorms or fireworks.

Narrowing down the cause or trigger of your dog’s anxious barking is the critical first step to stopping this behavior.

They Have Canine Dementia

As our dogs get older, they may begin to suffer from canine dementia. Barking at something that isn’t there is a common sign of cognitive dysfunction in senior dogs. 

If you suspect your dog may have canine dementia, talk to your veterinarian to confirm the diagnosis and learn what you can do to help.

How to Stop Dogs from Barking

Determining the reason behind your dog’s barking is critical.

Once you know your dog’s trigger, you’re in a much better position to help them. Here’s how to help stop some of the most common causes of constant barking.

Barking from Excitement

If your dog is going on an excited 15 minute barking spree every time a car goes by, you may want to retrain them. 

Retraining a dog from excited barking uses treats and love to reward them for “good” behavior. 

Have someone “activate” your dog’s trigger, say by driving by your house and ringing your doorbell. If your dog starts barking, say “No” firmly, but gently. Only reward them and give them attention when they don’t bark.

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Barking from Boredom

For bored dogs, finding new activities and toys can help. 

Old standbys like fetch and tug-of-war fetch are classics for a reason. They also give you great opportunities to bond with your dog. You also might try teaching your dog a new trick, or inviting a doggy friend over for a play date.

If you have to leave your dog by themselves for long periods of time, like while you’re at work, there are still ways to help your pup. 

Put out special toys that they’re only allowed to have when you’re not there. Try a service like DOGTV to help keep them entertained. Another option is having a dog walker come by during the day to help them use some of that pent-up energy.

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Barking from Anxiety

As mentioned above, identifying the trigger for your dog’s anxiety is step number one. It could be separation anxiety or loud noises or something else entirely. Once you know what your dog’s triggers are, you can work to help them overcome their fears. 

In certain cases, you may wish to speak with your veterinarian about medications that can help

You can also help your dog by limiting their exposure to their triggers and by helping them feel safe. One way to do this is by creating a safe space in your house. 

Put a dog bed and some of their favorite toys in a nice quiet corner of the house that they can call their own so they have a place they feel safe where they can retreat to if needed.

The Tail End

When your dog won’t stop barking, it can try your patience. However, by figuring out the causes and triggers of your dog’s barking, you can help redirect that energy into more positive outlets for an all-around happier and quieter family life.

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Kristen Levine is a nationally acclaimed pet expert and influencer with over 30 years of experience in the industry. She's helped millions of pet parents provide the best care at every stage of their pet’s life.

Her blog, Pet Living with Kristen Levine has been featured in Pop Sugar, Good Housekeeping, New York Times, USA Today, and more.

She's also the founder of FWV Fetching, the first marketing agency exclusively serving pet and animal health companies.

Her early work with the SPCA led her to a lifelong career in the pet industry, advocating for pet adoption and rescue as well as for pets and their parents here on her blog and in the media.

She’s frequently booked on satellite media tours and national shows, like FOX & Friends, Good Morning America, and Daytime, to talk about pet trends and new products.

Insanely passionate about pets since she was a little girl, Kristen has had more than 30 pets in her lifetime — including dogs, cats, goats, donkeys, a horse, a gerbil, mice, and chickens!

Today she lives in Florida with her dog Tulip, cat Olivia, and husband Paul.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. HOW DO YOU GET THEN TO STOP BARKING WHEN THEY SEE PEOPLE IN CARS,WALKING,AND GOING IN STORES AND COMING OUT OF STORES..

    1. Hi Terri,
      It sounds like your dog is an “excited barker.” If so, you may need to retrain them, which means giving treats and love to reward them for “good” behavior. 
      For example, if your dog barks when someone rings your doorbell, have a family member go outside and ring it. If your dog starts barking, say “No” firmly, but gently. Only reward them and give them attention when they don’t bark.
      Hope this helps!
      Kristen

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