After a long week of work, you decide you want to recover all your lost sleep hours and slumber through Sunday morning uninterruptedly. You worked extremely hard and did what you had to do; you know you deserve it. But without warning, something jolts you awake at 6:10 am; a “Woof” followed by another boisterous “Woof.” “Oh, not again,” you think.
You come out of your bedroom while your mind is rebooting—that moment when you don’t even know who you are—But the fogginess in your mind is only made worse by the head-drilling barking.
After entering the living room, you see the main and only suspect; your lovely, furry canine companion is on top of the couch, looking out of the window barking its lungs out at anything that exists.
If your dog is anything like “Miles,” one of my clients’ dog, you need to know dog barking is natural; it’s in their genes; that’s the way they communicate, alert others, show excitement, express fear, and scare off any threat.
However, there are times when dogs display uncontrolled, nerve-wracking barking, which calls for special treatment.
Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. Here are the most common ones:
- Lack of physical activity
- Separation anxiety
- Lack of attention
- Territorial behavior
If you’ve asked yourself, “Why is my dog barking at nothing?” it’s imperative that you find out the root cause before doing something about it. Most of the time, it’s not that dogs bark at nothing, but there’s an underlying reason for it. And it’s your job to figure it out to give your dog what it needs.
Before telling you how to deal with excessive barking, we need to break down the reasons for your dog’s barking at nothing. Let’s get started.