Do Dogs Get Tired of Barking? Here’s What We Know

It’s a nice, quiet day. You’re relaxing, working from home, or watching funny videos. Suddenly your dog starts barking. You may think it’s no big deal and ignore them. Surely they’ll stop in a minute, right?

But they don’t. They bark, and bark, and bark… and eventually you’ll lose your patience. So you might be wondering if it’s even possible for them to get tired of barking.

The answer to that is basically no. Not really, anyway. They may eventually get physically tired, but they don’t get tired of the action itself. On the contrary, some dogs may even get a rise out of talking and want to do it more. So if you’re planning to wait out your pup’s yapping, you may be waiting a while.

If you’re dealing with excessive barking in your companion, your best bet is to find the root cause and deal with it. If you wait for your pup to get tired, they’ll last longer than you will.

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Dogs will not get tired of the action of barking. They may get physically tired and need a rest, but they will not get bored of talking.

Will My Dog Ever Get Tired of Barking?

Again, the answer to this is basically no. Yes, they may get physically tired eventually and need a nap, but they aren’t going to get tired of making noise. If you try to wait out their yapping, chances are high that they’ll last longer than your patience will.

Barking is a form of communication for dogs. It’s their way of talking. They use it to communicate needs, order us around, and have fun. They also use it to communicate with other dogs about claim territory.

Think about it in human terms. We may eventually get tired after a long day of talking to people and holding conversations, but we don’t usually get tired of speaking. Some people even enjoy it and never get tired of it.

Barking to Communicate Needs

If your companion needs something, they’ll try their best to tell you. As we all know, dogs can’t speak our language, but they do try to talk to us. Unfortunately for us, that may come in the form of loud, obnoxious yapping.

If your pup is barking, whining, yipping, or using any other verbal behaviors, they may be trying to tell you that they need something.

If they’re calling for you and refuse to stop, it doesn’t hurt to at least poke your head in and make sure they’re okay. That said, if they’re just calling for your attention, giving it to them may reward the behavior.

Make sure you’ve taken care of all their needs. Did you forget to feed them or are they still hungry? Did they get a long enough walk? Do they have water?

If you forget any of these things, your companion will tell you. And they’ll keep trying to tell you until it gets through or they get physically exhausted.

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Dogs may bark to communicate needs like food, water, or attention.

Anxiety or Fear

Some dogs will bark more when they’re anxious or scared. If your pup is anxious over a visitor or something else going on, they’ll let you know about it. Even if it seems like a small matter to you, it’s not to them.

If your pup suffers from separation anxiety, they may also call out of anxiety and fear any time you leave them alone. They’re scared that you won’t come back.

If your companion is suffering from anxiety problems or separation anxiety, make sure you’re finding ways to manage it.

Breed

Some breeds are naturally more prone to barking than others. It’s in their DNA.

Some breeds who tend to talk more are beagles, german shepherds, and chihuahuas. Of course, dogs are still individuals and some breed characteristics don’t always apply as much. I had a beagle who really didn’t talk much, for example.

If you have one of these breeds, you may need extra patience and training to teach them to be quiet when needed.

Too Much Energy

If your companion isn’t getting enough exercise, they may be more hyper and may struggle to settle down. They may yap more out of boredom or excitement.

If your pup’s yapping is accompanied by running around or acting hyper, they may need more exercise. They may need longer walks or brain games to help wear them out. Puppies especially may have more energy to burn.

You want to make sure your pup is nice and tired out at the end of each day so they aren’t keeping you up at night running around or yapping.

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Certain breeds are more prone to barking than others. These breeds may require more training than others to keep quiet.

Territorial Barking

Some dogs are very protective of their home. They consider it their territory. If they feel it’s threatened, they may bark to assert dominance and tell everyone in the area that the home is theirs.

When someone my dog doesn’t know comes into the house, she gets upset and yaps constantly. No matter how many minutes go by, she does not get tired of letting the person know she’s not happy about them being there.

Once this behavior becomes a habit, it is very hard to stop. Your pup will get into the habit of yapping until any person or animal they feel is a threat is gone. They can keep it going for as long as they’re physically capable of.

It’s important that the owner is able to control their companion and calm them when needed. You don’t want your dog being too aggressive over territory.

Make sure your companion is as socialized as possible to accept strangers near or in your home with your permission.

Rewarding Behavior

If your dog’s excessive yapping is getting to you, it’s important to make sure you’re not rewarding the behavior. If you reward them by giving them what they want, they’ll quickly learn to yap over every little thing to get what they want.

My dog is now in the habit of calling for me any time she wants my attention. She calls for me to come in and play with her all the time. Trust me, you don’t want that to happen to you too.

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If you give in to your furbaby’s demands when they yap, they’ll learn to yap at you whenever they want something. Try to avoid unintentionally rewarding the behavior.

That said, don’t ignore your companion if there’s an actual problem. Listen to the sound of their voice. If it sounds distressed or pained, look in on them and make sure nothing’s wrong.

Do reward your pup for good behavior. In this case, reward them when they hush on command or even praise them for just sitting quietly. It sends the message that you like quiet behavior and that they’re more likely to get rewarded for it.

Listening to Your Dog’s Barks

Learn the different sounds your dog makes and how to know when they’re talking to talk and when they need something.

A higher-pitched noise can mean they’re having fun or that they’re lonely and want attention. Lower-pitched noises are usually more serious, as that means your pup feels threatened and is trying to fend off intruders.

If your pup’s in pain, their calls may sound more like high-pitched yelps. If their calls are more high-pitched, you may want to check and make sure they aren’t in pain.

Pay attention to the number of barks. The more calls they make in a row, the more worked up they are. A single yap may mean they’re annoyed or surprised or want your attention.

My dog does a single yap every minute or so when she’s annoyed at me for leaving.

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Dogs make different calls depending on the situation. Pay attention to the pitch and number of barks and try to understand what your companion is actually trying to communicate.

Dogs and Constant Barking

Dogs bark, and unfortunately they don’t get tired of it. If they have a need they want to be addressed, they’ll keep talking until it’s addressed or until they physically need to rest. If you’re waiting for your pup to get bored of yapping at you, you’re going to be waiting a long time.

If your pup’s yapping is bothering you, it’s best to find out the root cause and address it. Make sure all of their needs have been taken care of, that they’re getting enough exercise and that they aren’t suffering from anxiety.

While you shouldn’t ignore your pup if there’s a problem, you also shouldn’t give in and give your companion whatever they want to get them to be quiet. If they know that making noise will get them treats, you will never hear the end of it.

Address barking through training, and reward them for good behavior. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a behaviorist if basic training is proving to not be enough.

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