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What the Barking Dog is Telling Us

You can learn a lot about what your dog is trying to tell you if you take the time to listen to it.

What the Barking Dog is Telling Us
(Photos by Mark Atwater)

Problem: Two Barking Dogs

I have a two-year-old female Labrador retriever that has developed a bad habit of barking incessantly when she goes to the holding blind and to the line before being sent to retrieve. She also barks continuously when left alone in her crate.

My Bouvier is three years old, and has suddenly started “vicious” barking at people and dogs when she is in my car. She also barks at people and/or dogs while walking on leash or off leash at a dog park.


In order to fix these two problems, or any barking problem, we must first determine why the dog is barking, what message it is trying to send, and what they are asking for....

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