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Barking is a normal instinct for dogs and an important means of communication. Dogs may bark excessively for different reasons including anxiety, boredom, distress, excitement, fear and territorial defence. Because of this, the solution to barking will differ for each dog.

Any training should be based on the principles of positive reinforcement. Reward ‘good’ actions and ignore ‘unwanted’ ones. Remember, training should never involve punishment.

It is important to work out why your dog is barking excessively, and this will involve identifying your dog’s barking ‘triggers’. We highly recommend that you talk to your dog trainer, qualified behaviourist or veterinarian who can help you determine the underlying cause of the barking.

Some common triggers and effective solutions are listed below.


Barking can often occur when your dog simply has too much energy and becomes bored. Take your dog for a good walk in the morning and she will be more likely to rest until you come home.


Dogs who are left alone all day often resort to barking out of boredom. Make sure you leave fun toys and puzzles in both your house and yard to keep your dog busy while you’re away from home. Keep toys in a box and alternate them each day.


Dogs can often become anxious when they are left alone. Teach your dog how to cope with being alone at a young age by sending her outside with a toy for short periods of time while you are at home. You should also make sure your dog has a safe place of her own e.g., a kennel, and that you leave and return home quietly, without making a fuss.

Attention seeking

Dogs can bark when trying to call out to their owner, or when bored and lonely. Praise and reward your dog when she is calm and quiet.


It is natural for your dog to warn you about potential intruders. Offer your dog a delicious treat or toy when she meets neighbours, the postman and other people that routinely walk past your house.