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Get Your Lab to Stop Barking So Darn Much with This Insanely Simple Guide

Uptown Staff

Get Your Lab to Stop Barking So Darn Much with This Insanely Simple Guide

Labs are one of the most popular family dog breeds, with the perfect blend of intelligence, energy, and friendliness.

But do Labs bark more than other dog breeds? And how loud are they when they bark?

Here, we’ll discuss all you need to know about Lab barking.

Managing Lab Barking

Although Labs aren’t any louder than other dog breeds, they do still occasionally bark. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to minimize barking and reduce noise.

Not all barking is the same, and Labs will bark for a variety of different reasons. To prevent them from barking, you’ll need to understand why they’re doing it in the first place.

Young Labs Will Bark More

When your Lab is still a puppy, they’re likely going to bark more than usual. It takes a while for dogs to learn when it’s appropriate to bark, and puppies just don’t have enough experience to know what’s right and what’s wrong.

Puppies will bark for a variety of different reasons. Many will start to make noise whenever they get bored, in an attempt to grab your attention. They may also bark when you leave them alone, either out of boredom or fear.

Lab puppies don’t know that you’ll always come back when you leave the room. They get scared and anxious, fearing that they’ll be left alone forever, and will start to bark.

It’s important that you not rush back into the room immediately to comfort your puppy.

This only encourages barking, as they’ll begin to associate barking with you coming back.

Try to spend as much time with your puppy as possibly to form a strong emotional bond, and make sure that they get plenty of exercise and play. However, when the time comes for them to be alone, you’ll have to let them adjust to their crate.

Barking To Get Your Attention

As Labs grow up and adjust to being alone, they will bark less and less. However, they may still bark to get your attention.

Remember, a dog barking does not mean that they are doing something wrong. It could mean that they’re not getting enough attention, or that they need to go to the bathroom.

If your dog is getting enough exercise and is going outside regularly, their barking could be a sign of a more serious case of separation anxiety or a behavioral problem.

Night Barking

Everyone hopes that their dog won’t be the one barking at night. It can disrupt sleep, as well as get you in trouble with your neighbors. Fortunately, Labs are calm, gentle dogs that are unlikely to bark at night.

However, that doesn’t mean that your Lab won’t bark at all during the night. They respond to noises and disturbances, and will let you know if they think is something is wrong. Labs are much more likely to bark at night if you live on a busy street with lots of activity at night.

Excessive barking at night could also be a sign that your dog has a medical problem. Dogs will often bark and yelp when they’re in pain.

Barking From Aggression

In addition to barking from boredom and anxiety, many dogs will bark as a sign of aggression. They may be using the bark as a way of telling someone to back off or to mark their territory.

Fortunately, Labs are one of the least aggressive dog breeds. They have a calm, gentle demeanor, and they respond well around other animals and humans.

However, that does not mean that a Lab will never get worked up. Aggression tends to be more common in young males, and they may act up around other dogs.

Dogs may also bark out of aggression when they are afraid. This type of barking is common when strangers approach your house, or when you’re on a walk.

If you notice that your Lab is acting aggressively towards other dogs or people, you may need to have a trainer step in. They can help you teach your dog how to appropriately respond in social situations and reduce barking frequency.

Barking To Protect You

Labs are one of the most loyal dog breeds out there. They form strong bonds with you and your family, and don’t like when anyone tries to mess with you. Although not exactly a guard dog, Labs will act aggressive if they believe that you are under threat.

Dogs aren’t always good at detecting what is and what isn’t a threat. To play things safe, they may choose to bark at just about anything that steps on your lawn.

One of the best ways of preventing protective barking is to socialize your Lab properly when they’re young. They’ll learn that you are and your family are safe around other dogs and people.

Try to take your Lab to the dog park while they’re still young, and make sure you go on plenty of walks where they meet other people and animals. You should also have people come over to your house, so that your dog learns that visitors are not a threat.

Finding The Root Cause Of The Barking

Before you can take steps to address your Lab’s barking, you need to know what’s causing it. This can be tough, and it might take you a while to fully understand the reasons why your dog is making noise.

If you’re having trouble dealing with your Lab’s barking, you may benefit from reaching out to a trainer. Professional trainers will be able to diagnose the cause of the barking. Once they know this, they can implement a training routine that slowly teaches your dog that it’s not appropriate to bark at everything that moves.

Some barking is caused by more serious medical problems. If you notice that your dog is barking without any obvious cause, it could be a sign that they’re in pain or that they are developing dementia. Take your Lab to the vet, where they can test for a variety of medical conditions that could be causing the barking.

Other Ways To Manage Lab Barking

Crate Training

One of the best ways to develop good habits and prevent barking is to crate train your Lab while they’re a puppy. This teaches your dog that you will always come back, but that barking isn’t going to be rewarded.

To crate train, leave your Lab alone for short periods at first. Although some dogs adjust quickly, others won’t, and will continuously bark out of fear.

Although this barking can be heartbreaking, you need to avoid the urge to rush back into the room and cuddle them. Let your dog bark it out, and then come back to them after a set time. Your Lab will soon understand that you’re not going anywhere.

Obedience Classes

You should also make sure that your Lab has the proper obedience training from a young age. An obedience class will teach your dog that they don’t get what they want simply by barking.

These classes are also a good way of socializing your puppy, which can reduce fear and aggression around other dogs.

Medication

Although medication should never be the first way of dealing with barking, it may be helpful for dogs who have severe anxiety.

Speak to your vet about your dog’s barking, and they can help you decide if medication is the right option. It can also be used short term, as you work with a trainer to reduce barking.

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