What to do if my dog is barking all of the time
For dogs, barking is their key way to communicate. Dogs may bark to attract attention, or sometimes also if they are injured, feel unwell, or have canine senility. But sometimes barking can become a compulsive behaviour and be excessive – and this can be a nuisance.
If your dog is barking and you are concerned that it may be anxious, injured or unwell, then seeking veterinary attention at the vet hospital is recommended. One of our veterinarians will examine your pet to investigate the issue further, to identify whether there is a medical or behavioural cause, and to determine what management may be required.
Through this thorough veterinary assessment, a course of action will be discussed with you. A veterinary behavioural consultation may be recommended, where a veterinary behaviourist will work with you and your pet to identify the potential triggers for the barking.
The veterinarian will then develop a management plan incorporating positive ways for you manage your pet’s barking. This may include divert the dog’s attention away from the trigger, along with providing positive reinforcement to desensitize the dog to the triggers, and teaching counter conditioning to help alleviate the problem.
If your dog is barking excessively, consider this important general advice:
- Stay calm and be patient: Try not to get frustrated when your dog barks excessively, as this may only exacerbate their barking.
- Regular exercise: Ensure your pet receives regular walks and other activities to reduce their energy and maintain their socialisation.
- Seek expert help: Discuss any problems or concerns you may have with your veterinarian. Recording a short video of your dog’s behaviour on your mobile phone can be useful.