What are the causes of hypervocalization in dogs?

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Hypervocalization in dogs is categorized as excessive and constant barking. While the vast majority of dogs will bark occasionally, some dogs bark incessantly. There are a couple of primary causes for hypervocalization in dogs. The most common causes are barking to warn or alert, or barking to respond to other dogs. When a dog hears a noise or sees something out of the ordinary, he will bark to alert someone that potential danger may be approaching. Dogs will also bark at the sound of another dog barking, sort of like joining a conversation.

Other causes of hypervocalization in dogs can be anxiety or attention-seeking. These types of barks will normally be higher in pitch than a warning bark, and may be prolonged and include whimpering. Barking can be a release for dogs who feel tension or anxiety about any number of situations or circumstances. A dog who is barking constantly may also be craving attention from his owner.

Dogs can also bark out of boredom. Barking expends energy, so a bored dog may just bark to be heard, and to do something other than sleep or walk around. On the flipside, a very excited and hyper dog may also bark constantly because he wants to play or knows that something exciting is about to happen, like a walk or dinnertime.

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