Top 5 reasons my dog barks

***This post contains a review of a product which I am not receiving any financial benefit for and have not been given as a freebie to produce a review, it is just my opinion.***

So I was thinking of doing a top 5 list but would never wish to post on a topic I don’t know about as I wish to be truthful. One thing I do know about is Max, my West Highland White Terrier. A common, well should I call it past-time with him is barking therefore I decided to tell you the 5 most common reasons he barks. That said trust me when I say with westies sometimes a reason isn’t even required, they just like their voice to be heard… I often feel bad for our neighbours having to putting up with him.

Reason 1: The Postman
Oh yes, the most widely known arch-enemy of dogs – the postman, in fact any delivery man Max hates with a vengeance.

Max: I must tell them don’t ever put anything in my letterbox again!

Reason 2: People or Animals Going Past “His Territory”
Max must bark each time at anyone or any animal to let them know each time this is his home.

Max: How dare that person get out their car, walk past my house to get to their own home! How dare a bird fly by my garden! How dare a dog owner bring another dog for a walk near my home… I must bark to let them know this is my home!

Reason 3: The Vacuum
Carpets need to be vacuumed to be kept clean, that is reasonable right? Not in Max’s head. This is another arch-enemy and it must be barked at and attacked.

Max: Oh no that thing has started up again going over and over the carpet I love to roll on and put my scent all over. I only just got the scent back and that thing is taking it away. I’m going bark at it and pounce on it and hold on to it for dear life to stop it.

Reason 4: Loud Noises
Max must bark each time a loud noise happens near his home. From the poor neighbour trying to mow her lawn or the men that come to pick up the rubbish/ recycling every week or to the noise that can annoy me too of late night revellers loudly shouting in the street.

Max: That woman is out there making that awful noise again with that big machine on her grass, I must bark to tell her stop! Those men are back this week chucking those bags into that huge noisy machine, I must bark to tell them to stop it and not come back. I’m trying to sleep and those people are making noise and am going to let them know I’m sleeping and to be quiet by barking!

Reason 5: Friendly Play
Max sometimes barks when we are playing all different types of games with him but this is a friendly type of bark. The most common game he barks in is what we call “chase me, chase me”, which is just like it sounds. Max *loves* to be chased around the house and play games like hide and seek and he will bark until you chase him or bark at you until you come out of your hiding place. Bambi loves playing “chase me, chase me” with Max but often prefers Max to run after him. Max is glad somebody wants to play with him and therefore happily chases Bambi around the house.

Max: If I bark then they’ll know I’m ready to play. I want them to chase me so I’ll bark until they come running after me.

What most of the reasons above for barking and those not mentioned are based upon is nervousness. Max has been an anxious and nervous dog from the minute I got him. He backs away from adults when they come to him, hence why he barks at them to stop them coming to him in the first place. Though with most kids he is fine including Bambi and Cinderella and let’s them come near him.

A product that significantly helps to keep him calm and less nervous is DAP, which stands for dog appeasing pheromone. A quick explanation of how it works is that when a dog gives birth, she produces a pheromone for her puppies that keeps them relaxed and calm. Scientists have managed to synthetically reproduce this pheromone which can help dog owners as no matter the age of the dog the pheromone is able to relax the dog. DAP is especially recommend for times that are unsettling for dogs like when you first bring home the puppy, moving house, bringing a new addition into the home(like another pet or a baby) and at times when fireworks are known to be going off. You can find out more here. I’ve been using the plug-in diffuser in the hallway for a few years now and when we do have it on (I sometimes forget to get a refill so he can go without it for sometime until I do get the refill) his behaviour improves. Max is often less stressed and more laid back and my ears get a break from the barking. The plug-in diffuser lasts for about a month but as the pheromone is undetectable to humans you don’t have to worry that there will be a weird smell in your home.

Do you have a dog that loves to bark? What common reasons is it for your dog? Or are you fortunate enough to have a quiet dog? Have you tried DAP or a similar product? Or are you glad your dog-free therefore bark-free? Or are you dog-free but desperately want a dog even though it could mean a lot of barks? Leave your comments below, and hope you enjoyed reading. Follow if you wish 🙂 .

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