Dogs and Barking go hand-in-hand. Most of the time, it is fairly obvious whenever a dog barks what it is they are barking at. Sometimes, on the other hand, it can seem like your dog is barking at nothing at all.
The truth of the matter is your dog is barking for a reason. They want to communicate something to you. Now what it is they are trying to communicate depends on the circumstances.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common reasons that your dog may be barking at seemingly nothing at all.
Although they may have a hard time expressing it to your dogs are complex creatures with rich emotional lives. They are also more perceptive than humans. They have a stronger sense of smell. They also have great hearing.
That allows them to detect things that are undetectable to us. As social creatures’ dogs have a strong desire to communicate with us. They possess mental processes comparable to human children. They are complete with rich emotional lives that they live with us.
Here are several potential reasons your dog could be barking even when it does not seem like there is anything there.
Your puppy could be getting frustrated for some reason
Younger puppies, in particular, are especially likely to bark because they are frustrated. This behavior can continue later on into adulthood, but it will typically drop off as they age. A puppy might get frustrated for several reasons.
Perhaps they believe that there is an encroaching entity on their territory, or maybe they are just excited because they see someone that they want to meet. Either way, once the frustration has been alleviated, they should quiet down.
Your dog could also be experiencing some boredom
People are far from the only creatures that get bored whenever nothing is happening. Sometimes if a dog is not getting any kind of physical or mental stimulation, then they will try to stave off the boredom by barking. If you think this is why your dog is barking, you should try taking them on a walk or to a park.
As long as your dog can get some simulation throughout the day, it should help to reduce or even eliminate all of their excessive barkings. This is kind of similar to tiring a child out so that they sleep instead of crying at the end of the day.
Some dogs will bark socially even without other dogs around
Dogs are pack animals. As such, they are prone to communicating with each other. Since they are unable to speak English, the only real way they have is by wagging their tails. There is also Barking.
You may be surprised to learn this, but often when to unfamiliar dogs barked at each other, they are not angry but rather simply giving each other a friendly greeting. It is important to keep an eye on the animals.
That way, you can make sure that they are both under control. You can then verify the intention of the bark yourself. Was the bark a friendly bark? Or was it a Territorial bark?
Your furry friend may have detected a wild animal nearby
Dogs are fine-tuned with extremely sensitive senses. They can detect things that are invisible to us. Sometimes your dog may hear something or smell something that is wandering around your yard. This can be true even whenever they are inside the home.
They can detect even small animals like rats at times. If you believe that your dog is barking at something that is outside, then if you can try to let them out into the yard to see what they do.
That is unless you think there is something dangerous outside they are barking at, in which case you would like to keep them inside most likely.
Either way, you can at least rest easy in the knowledge that if a potential intruder were approaching the home that your dog would alert you about it before it was too late.
Your dog may be suffering from some kind of health problems
Sometimes dogs will start to bark because they have dementia or some kind of other health problem. It may not seem like they are barking at anything, but what they are doing is trying to communicate their suffering.
If you believe that your dog is barking because they have some kind of health issue, you must take them to bed as soon as possible. The more quickly than you can get them there, the better the outcome will be if there truly is something wrong.
Plus, if when you arrive, the vet discovers that there is nothing wrong with your dog. At least you will not need to worry about that. It is just some troublesome barking. It would not be worth it to let it go. You might wind up with a more serious health problem later on.
All because you did not want to take the time to visit the vet. Even if you could afford to spend money.
You may not be giving enough attention to your puppy
Dogs are fairly intelligent creatures. They can pick up on things pretty quickly. If you have had a new puppy, you will learn to understand this. One day you might seem to experience more barking. When this happens more often, you may have inadvertently trained them to bark whenever.
They may want your attention. The easiest way to determine if this is the source is to look at your dog. If your dog is staring right at you while they are barking, then they want to get your attention. If they are not looking at you.
They may instead look in another direction. Then they may try to alert you. They want to tell you about something. This could be as simple as a family member approaching your front door or a wild animal outside.