German Shepherd Barking
adorable little German Shepherd puppy barks at the mailman, everybody thinks it's cute. However, when that
puppy grows into a large German Shepherd dog that aggressively barks at the mailman every day, scaring the
poor man half to death, no-one is smiling.
This example shows the importance of nipping German Shepherd barking in the bud early in your puppy’s
So why do dogs bark? It’s difficult to say (it is like attempting to answer the question, "Why do human beings
talk?"). So let's begin by saying that dogs bark for several different reasons.
A great deal of it is dependent on the breed: some dogs were bred to bark only if danger is perceived (this is
true of guarding dog breeds especially, such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Dobermans); some were bred to
make use of their voices as a tool of sorts, to aid their owners in their quest for a common objective (sporting
dog breeds like Beagles and Bloodhounds, trained to ‘bay’ once they smell the quarry), plus some dogs simply like
to hear themselves talk (toy breeds are an example of a chatty dog!).
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Nevertheless, there are several situations where almost any dog will give voice:
- She’s bored
- She’s lonely
- She’s hungry, or knows it is time for a meal
- Something is wrong/somebody is close to the house
- She is asking you to play
- She spots another animal
- She needs the potty
If your dog is barking for any of these reasons, it is not very realistic for you to attempt to stop her: after
all, she is a dog, and it is the norm for all dogs to bark at certain times and in a number of situations.
Obviously, there are instances when German Shepherd barking is not just unwarranted, it is completely unwelcome.
Many dogs will use their voices as a means of manipulation.
Take this particular scenario as an example: You are lying down on the sofa reading a book. Your puppy wakes up
from a snooze and decides it is time for a game. She picks up her ball, comes over, and deposits it in your lap.
You ignore her and continue reading. After a second of bewildered silence, she nudges your hand with her nose and
loudly barks once.
You look over at her – she takes on the ‘play-bow’ position (elbows close to the floor, bottom in the air, tail
waving) and pants enticingly at you. You go back to your book. She barks once again, loudly – and, when no reaction
is received, barks yet again. And this time, she keeps it up. After a minute or so of this, sighing, you set down
your book (tranquility is obviously not likely to be a part of your evening, after all), grab the ball, and take
her outdoors for a game of fetch. She stops barking instantly.
I am certain you realize that respect is an important part of your relationship with your dog. You respect her,
which you show by taking care of her regardless of the ease of doing so, giving her healthy and delicious food, and
exhibiting your affection for her in ways that she comprehends and likes. In order for her to be deserving of your
respect, she's got to respect you as well. Something which numerous kind-hearted people find it difficult to
reconcile is that dog ownership is not about equality: it is about you being the leader, and her being the pet.
Canines are not children; they are most secure and well-behaved when they understand that you are in control.
A dog needs to respect your authority in order to be a happy, well-adjusted, and well-behaved family pet. In the
scenario above, there was absolutely no respect being demonstrated by the dog. She was not asking her owner to
play; she was harassing her owner to play. Actually, I would even say bullying. And even worse, the behavior was
being reinforced by the owner giving in – essentially, giving in to this behavior showed her that in order to get
what she desires, she just needs to make a noise – and she needs to continue until eventually her objective is
Affection and play-times are certainly important facets of life with a dog, however they need to be given out on
your terms. If she discovers that she gets what wants by barking, then you will end up with a very rowdy dog (which
certainly won't endear you to your neighbors, either).
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