If your dog is barking nothing, you might want to know why and what you can do about it. This article will show you why your dog does it and what it can do to stop it.So why does my dog bark at anything? The conceivable reason is that it can hear something, it is in pain and is bored, it is asking attention, you may have stepped up the action with rewards or are doing it forcibly. There are actually more than one reason why your dog might not bark at anything, and it may be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are a few things you can consider to help you understand the exact reason.
Why your dog barks nothing
The different reasons your dog barks at nothing probably comes with some clues on how it does it. Here are some possible reasons why it does it and why it makes them more likely.
it can hear something
The reason your dog barks at nothing may be because you actually hear something. Dogs tend to have much better hearing than us, so it may not be able to hear anything you can hear. This is likely to be a reason if something is noisy, such as when you’re outside or when there’s lightning.
Something may be causing pain. This would be more likely if it started it more suddenly and it shows such pain as a limp. In this case, the best option would be to take it to the vet.
If your dog is a breed that is intended to get more exercise every day, the cause may be that it is under-irritating. It means getting a lot of exercise every day and helps to make sure that if it is healthy, it can get the right amount.
It may not bark anything for the bark of the territory. This is a place to bark to protect its territory and warn other animals not to come near by. This would be more likely to be the reason if your dog tends to do it when there are other people or animals nearby.
it’s asking attention
The reason why it does it may be because it is looking for attention. This is more likely if you tend to give more attention when you do it, and if you tend to do more when you don’t pay too much attention to it. In this case, training, exercise, and playing together will help you pay attention throughout the day. But it helps to avoid the reward when nothing barks, recognize when it might start, and redirect its focus.
It might be if you’re doing it forcefully. This is a place where you can feel the urge to bark and not stop barking. This is likely to be the reason if it is doing excessively for more than a few weeks.
you’ve been reinforcing it
The cause could be that it trained it to do it by giving what it wants when nothing barks. If you tend to give something like extra attention, rewards or sweets when you do it, you might have learned to do more to get a lot of them. It helps to try to avoid rewarding when doing it and to try to redirect its focus to recognize when you are likely to start barking. It also helps to reward when you don’t bark, but you’ll usually do.
Think about when you first started
Trying to understand why your dog is barking at nothing will help you consider when it first started it because there could have been an event that caused it to start. That might have happened: If someone moved away if you moved into the house if someone abused it if another pet died
think about when and where nothing barks
It also helps you think about what’s different when you don’t bark because timing can be relevant. For example, if you usually tend to do it more when you leave the house, it may indicate that you have some separation anxiety.
How to stop barking at anything
Below are some options you have when you let your dog stop barking at anything.
will get it to pay attention to you
One option is to try it out to pay attention to you when it starts barking. In doing so, you will be able to focus and draw attention from barking. It also helps you learn to recognize when to start barking so that you can redirect its behavior when you start barking. I am writing more about how you train your dog to come to you here in command.
Positive Strengthening Training
It also helps to reward the actions you want to see and give you positive strengthening training that avoids rewarding actions you don’t want to see. To use positive strengthening training to prevent your dog from barking anything, you’ll give a treat every time you stop barking or show no barking signs. You can see in the video below how it is done:
Avoid negative reinforcement
As mentioned earlier, nothing may have encouraged action by giving what you want when you bark. Instead, try to redirect its attention when it is likely to start barking and it will not bark but it will usually help to reward it when it will.
Barking is natural.
It is natural to bark because it is one way for dogs to communicate with each other. It will be difficult to get the dog to stop barking completely, and you won’t be able to warn you when you want it. But using the tips above you can get it to bark less.
See vets, dog activists and trainers.
If your dog is not barking at anything and you can’t get it to stop, consider getting help from a veterinarian, dog behaviorist or trainer. In doing so, you can get professional advice tailored to your particular dog and eliminate medical causes.