|Barked: Mon Mar 7, '11 11:37am PST |
|Huskies typically do not bark, nor do Malamutes, Basenjis, and a few others. Their vocal cords aren't set up to do so. However, they do talk and yodel, and give dissertations on why they should not have to get off the couch, often with great frequency. So "barkless" and "silent" are two totally different things, as many irreputable breeders fail to recognize!
I have also never heard a hound bark, however they do bay. It sounds more bark-like, but really, when you live with them, it's totally different. I've seen other dogs flinch and cower the first time they hear a hound bay, because they just don't know what's going on.
In terms of traditional barking, it's a mix of genes, personality, and training. Many Terriers, for example, were bred to work underground in narrow rodent burrows. After they had cornered and dispatched their quarry, the humans would have to dig to retrieve them. A silent dog would be lost pretty quickly, and so many Terriers tend to bark. Dogs bred to be watch dogs tend to bark a lot. How else would they let you know there is an intruder?
Training wise, if your dog runs up to you, drops a ball, barks excitedly and you stop what you're doing to throw the ball for him, within a few repetitions you will have created a dog who barks to demand balls be thrown. That quickly transfers to barking to demand all play, to barking to demand dinner, potty breaks, walks, attention, etc. On the flip side, if you wait out demand barking and train alternate behaviors, even a breed prone to barking will not go so over the top with the behavior.
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