Skip to comments.Why Do Dogs Bark? It's Still Mostly a Mystery.
Posted on 04/24/2014 4:35:17 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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I don’t think any dog breed barks more than a dachshund.
The same reason they lick their you-know-whats.......Because they can!
“the OWNER that is undisciplined”
Quite often, but not always, the animal is a mirror of the owner. yes, undisxciplined owner, undisciplined dog.
When I go shoeing, if the dogs are yapping and acting like idiots, the horses will almost always be bad, and the kids will be running wild as well.
I remember being in a barn where one of the girls that worked there was complaining about guys taking advantage of her. It was interesting, because the horses took advantage too, though not in the same way.
“Speak softly and carry a big stick!”
Dog on the left...Moochelle, is that you?
I think mine do it to annoy me, along with the low grade whining.
For humans, tribal warfare is the special evolutionary pressure that selects for gradually increasing advanced intelligence. Tribes with dogs that alert of impending raids have a competitive advantage over tribes without. The primary function of the domesticated dog is to hear, see, or smell approaching thugs, government or freelance, then bark their head off. Since the Waco fiasco, SWAT teams now use silencers for the sole purpose of killing the dogs at the start their raids without blowing their cover. Police hate dogs.
2 words: American Eskimo. They *specialize* in barking. and barking. AND barking.
Although we have a little Boston/ Chiweenie (too) who gives them a run for their money. (heh. Literally- as in “Oh crap, RUN!”)
“I had a male Golden Retriever, 110lbs with no fat.This guy barked, literally, maybe 3 or 4 times in his life.”
Same with mine. He is only 75 pounds though. The only time he barks is when he hears an owl. I have birds all over the place, nothing. An owl and he goes nuts.
Maybe the barking of the dog acted as a homing sound for primitive man hunting far from home. By walking toward the barking he could find his way back.
Your dog knows when you are home. So he acts as a sentinel alerting you to the sound of someone’s arrival...for good or bad you can be ready.
The reason dogs bark is because they are and want to remain the friend of humanity....perhaps our best animal friend. Dog behavior has been rewarded with friendship by humans for thousands of years.
"any dog can be very apprehensive or even surly and overly possessive around strangers or other dogs; and, generally, the Chesapeake tends to exhibit these traits more than the Lab. "
My dog hates red lights on the way to the river.
I'm going out on a limb here, Alec, but does it have something to do with communication?
When my cats meow, I know exactly what they are saying.
Catz is the problem here also.
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