Is your canine buddy on the talkative side? Just like people, dogs all have their own personalities. Some pooches are usually quiet, and only bark to let you know there’s someone at the door. Others will speak up about, well, pretty much everything, from the moth in the kitchen to the neighbor trimming his yard. Why does Fido talk so much? A vet offers a few possible reasons below.
Dogs are very sociable, and are happiest when they are with their ‘pack.’ If Fido spends a lot of time by himself, he may be lonely. It’s also possible that your furry buddy is trying to let you know where he is. When you leave your canine friend home alone, try turning a TV or radio on for him. The sound of voices and music may soothe him.
Boredom is another possible reason for Fido to speak up. Dogs are very intelligent, and will get uneasy and restless with nothing to do. Provide your four-legged buddy with lots of fun toys, and make sure he is getting enough exercise and playtime.
Dogs often bark when they are curious about something. If your furry friend is usually quiet, but suddenly has become quite talkative, he may be excited or curious about something. It may be the squirrel next door, the neighbor’s new lawn ornament, or a stray cat. Curious barking isn’t always a bad thing: pups also bark when something is wrong, such as a fire or intruder.
Our canine friends also bark to indicate that they are distressed or uncomfortable. Fido may bark if he is hot, cold, or in pain. He may also speak up if he’s confined to a kennel or specific room. Make sure your pooch is comfortable, getting good food and regular veterinary care, and not spending too much time in a crate or on a run. Keeping up with your dog’s grooming and parasite control is also important.
Some breeds are simply more talkative than others. Your furry pal may simply be chatty by nature!
Never punish Fido for speaking: this may only make matters worse. That said, you can teach your pet not to bark as much. Ask your vet or a professional trainer for more information.
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