Barking is normal behaviour for dogs but habitual barking is the bane of dog owners everywhere. Barking dogs are the most common sources of environmental pollution in urban society and no other dog-related problem causes local authorities so much time and frustration. So, what can we do?
Perhaps one of the reasons that early man first encouraged wild dogs to remain around the camp was their ability to alert people to danger and this is still one of the reasons for many families adding a dog to the household today. However, dogs that constantly bark are a nuisance to those who must live around them. And they are not good watchdogs. A dog that barks at every little disturbance in the neighbourhood will not bring the neighbours running when thieves are carrying the family silver out the door!