3 Reasons Why Barking Is Useful

Previously, we explained how to stop your dog from barking.
However, today we’ll be explaining how it may actually be good for you!
We’ve all got that dog next-door that never stops barking. And as annoying as it is, it does prove to be useful for both the owner and the dog (if trained correctly)

There aren’t many ways a dog can communicate with its owner without whining or being a nuisance.
Whining is useful in its own right but should be saved exclusively for major discomfort or pain.
Your dog must be trained to bark on command so that it can associate the 3 tips below with barking.

So here are 3 Reasons Why Barking Is Useful.

To get your attention, your dog may whine or claw the doors and/or the floor.

So it’s important that it learns the most effective way to get your attention, which is barking.

You can teach your dog to bark when it needs to go out, when it wants to come in, when it needs food, the possibilities are endless.

Once your dog learns how to associate a single bark with an action then it will make communication and getting your attention a whole lot easier for your and your dog.

Danger or not, it’s so important that your dog alerts you of any potential threats instead of simply just turning a blind eye to it or running away.

No-one expects their dogs to confront an issue head-on but knowing about one in advanced could better prepare both yourself and your dog, even if it is just the postman coming when you’re in the shower!

And you can train your dog to bark at the sound of a doorbell, knocking or any unexpected sounds outside your house, and you can be rest assured that day or night, your dog will always alert you when someone is lurking around.

Whether you have a Chihuahua, a German Shepard or even both, you need to be able to rely on your dog to warn you no matter what the situation.

At this point, it may seem like barking is only good for communication but dogs will tend to bark to express themselves — when happy, which is usually paired with a tail wagging or fast actions.

This will most likely not be a deep bark, that’s a sign of aggression and may be paired with growling.

It’s important that you let your dog express it’s mood so that you can adjust it’s surroundings accordingly.


Hopefully, after all this, you can train your dog so that you can understand each other a bit better.

Make sure that you don’t confuse the number of barks for the wrong objective.
We recommend one bark for attention, multiple barks for security (around three–five) and two for excitement.

If you allow your dog to bark when it needs to — and only when it needs to, then you won’t be stuck with that annoying dog that barks all day, and instead have a dog that can communicate back to you.
If this helped you understand your dogs mean of communication a bit better, let us know! We’d love to hear from you over on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!