Dog barking too much: Is there such a thing? Snoopy asks, Mishu answers

Dog barking too much: Is there such a thing? Snoopy asks, Mishu answers

Dear Snoopy, I do the same thing! It makes me feel strong & powerful. My humans have a 2 bark rule, which lets me express myself without giving them a headache. Maybe you can try that? #BeYourself

The Inside Story

Have you ever really looked at your dog barking?  Research experts have established that dogs really do think and have emotions – and if you look at your dog when they’re barking at visitors, neighbors, or noises outside, they clearly feel great about themselves. And that’s important — we wouldn’t want our dogs to get frustrated and stressed.

Bold. Strong. Fierce. Wild. That’s Mishu. And don’t we all like to feel that way? So when there is something so simple that makes our dogs feel so great, how can we deny them the pleasure?

Dog barking too much?

Of course, as much as our dogs like to bark, it can be a nuisance. And loud. And disturbing to the neighbors. So as good as it makes them feel (and as much safety as it can provide us as a deterrent for home invaders), we can’t let them bark indiscriminately, all the time.

In our house, there are a lot of debates about this. Is barking just Mishu talking, or is it Mishu misbehaving? Fortunately, she doesn’t bark all day long, or at everyone who passes by.

So we’ve decided on a two bark rule. Mishu can “express herself” and feel like a strong protector whenever she wants, but the barks stop after two. We’ve found this to be a good solution that works for everyone. What do you do about dog barking?

 

19 Comments

  1. I love your two bark rule, that’s great! Neither of my dogs are barkers really, but sometimes Icy barks for no apparent reason – It seems to be when she wants to play with us and when we are getting her food ready for her. I view it as her talking to us in the only way she knows how.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  2. We don’t have a dog, but I think a 2-bark maximum is perfect for both the dog, the owner and the neighbours!

  3. A two bark rule is a pretty good idea! We don’t mind if our dogs bark a few times to alert us to a visitor’s presence, but like you, we don’t allow it to go on for very long.

  4. I’m fortunate that Edie is not a “barker”, however, she will occasionally bark out the window at a passing dog but I think it’s more to say “hi”! But the 2 bark rule is perfect!

  5. After two barks? That’s wishful thinking in my house. Because my dog only barks when people actually come to the door, I let him until he thinks he’s done. If they are someone I know and I let them in, he usually stops then. The UPS guy however gets it until he gets back in his truck….

  6. Two bark rule? Wow that’s good home training. I just assumed any dog would be barking at visitors. Like you said, they are looking out for the pack. 😉

  7. Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe here! Woofs are just my way of saying “Alert! Someone’s at the door” or “My fetch ball is hidden in the bushes and I need help finding it!” I think I’d be pretty happy with the two bark rule. It let’s me be me!

  8. I agree that we should let our dogs bark. Within reason!
    Dogs can not speak. Barking is their speech!
    I think that we know our dogs barks – and they have different types of barks.
    Our Lyla has many different barks and I know when I should ask her to stop.
    She is a small inside dog so she does not bother the neighbors but sometimes when we are outside she gets carried away.
    Great idea on the 2 bark rule – as long as they are not barking to warn us of something!

  9. raisingyourpetsnaturally - June 28, 2017 reply

    I like the two bark rule. Barking is a way for a dog to communicate. The answer to stop the barking, is to address the why for the bark. Well done.

  10. Interesting that barking makes them feel great about themselves. Our newest pack member is often the first one to start the chorus of barks (soprano, alto and tenor). I should ‘appreciate’ that he is coming out of his shell and feeling good. I will also have to work on the two bark rule.

  11. It sounds like you have a nice compromise with two barks. We have open windows in front and the boys tend to protect us from any human, pet, or wildlife that passes by.

  12. Completely agree, barking within reason! It’s definitely something that is in their BLOOD but not letting it go on too long is also a good balance.

  13. That sounds like a great compromise! I need to teach my dog how to stop after 2-3 barks.

  14. tenaciouslittleterrier - June 28, 2017 reply

    We have a two bark rule too. Mr. N knows an “enough” cue.

  15. Ruby hardly ever barks – it’s very odd. I sometimes wonder if it is part of her insecurity.

  16. My mom’s dog, Bandit, basically barks when someone comes to the house and when I’m playing with him. My parents have done a great job with him.

  17. We have the same rule at our home! Vino struggles a little bit sometimes, but he is catching on! We like the house quiet, but definitely appreciate a heads up when someone unexpected comes by…like salesman ?

  18. Our dogs are very vocal, considering they are huskies. . . I let them bark and talk. They usually get it out of their system pretty darn quick. I guess I have never been one to not want my dogs to bark. heheh

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