How Long Can A Dog Bark Before It Gets Tired

One thought comes to your mind as you are trying to calm your dog from his barking, “Will he get tired from doing this?”

If you had ignored his barking, how long would this have last?

In this post, you will get to know the answers to these questions.

Can Dogs Get Tired From Barking?

In short, your dog will stop his barking when he gets physically tired or when his throat gets sore, and he feels the pain when barking.

This will probably take quite a while (ranging from a few hours up to a few days), depending on factors such as the breed, size and age of your dog, the intensity level of his barking as well as the reasons behind this behavior.

Beware that persistent long barking can damage his vocal cords, leading to permanent loss of voice.

Certainly, if your dog is a senior dog, he will not be able to bark for very long.

But if he is a bigger size and younger dog, then the barking will probably last much longer. 

He is going to be full of energy and will take a long time to get exhausted from barking.

This is especially so for dog breeds such as Beagle, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Siberian Husky, and Yorkshire Terrier who belong to the most vocal dog breeds.

When your dog is barking because of his physical, emotional or behavioral needs, he is not going to stop till his needs are taken care of.

You see, dogs don’t bark for no reason. There ought to be some rationale behind a dog’s barking.

So, if you find your dog barking incessantly, you need to get to the root of the problem and fix it.

Waiting for your dog to stop barking will NOT work unless his needs are addressed. He is going to start barking once he has regained his energy.

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How To Stop Dog From Barking?

Address His Physical Needs

Hunger

Your dog is barking because he is feeling hungry. If you find your dog keeps feeling hungry despite being fed, look into his diet regime.

Are you feeding him a well-balanced diet that meets his daily nutritional requirements?

Do you need to add more vitamins and minerals to his diet?

When it comes to feeding your dog, it is very important to understand the basic nutrition that your pet needs.

You have to know that dogs are carnivores and their diet needs to include meat. Meat is the most important component of your dog’s diet.

Ensure that his meal consists of three primary food groups – carbohydrates, proteins and fats, along with some vitamins and minerals as well.

Make sure that your dog eats at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

Depending on your dog’s size, age and activity level, you will have to adjust his feeding frequency and quantity of the food. 

Health issues such as overgrowth of bacteria in his intestines or diabetes can potentially make him always feel hungry.

His body is unable to absorb the nutrition from the food he eats and this leads to an outburst of his appetite. Even if he consumes all the food in sight, he is still starving.

That explains why he keeps barking for food!

Thirsty

Your dog is feeling thirsty and has no access to any fresh water to quench his thirst.

You will likely find him barking to get your attention to refill his water bowl, and he will be stationed near the bowl.

If your dog belongs to an active breed such as Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever, Border Collie, Poodle, Beagle or German Shepherd Dog, he will likely need more water due to his high activity level.

He will be sweating a lot to cool himself during his play.

To quench his thirst and prevent dehydration, you should set up his water points to be in more than one location and make them easily accessible for him.

Make a point to refill his water bowl frequently, especially on a hot weather day.

Feeling Unwell

What would a toddler do when he is feeling unwell? He will be crying non-stop till you ease his discomfort, right?

This applies to your dog as well.

As he couldn’t be able to “tell” you that he is sick, he can only try to get your attention through his barking!

He could be suffering from dental or mouth discomfort, skin disorder, ear infection, arthritis or a cold.

You would need to perform some visual inspection on his mouth, teeth, and skin to check for any form of infection.

If he is suffering from any of the above, bring him to see a vet immediately.

Take Care Of His Emotional Demands

Fear

Your dog is going to feel nervous and stressed when he is just adopted from his shelter.

He is away from his kennel mates and finds himself alone in a new unfamiliar place.

Everything around him looks so different (unfamiliar scent, sights and people) and that can be very hard for your dog to adjust comfortably.

He will naturally exhibit his fear through persistent barking.

What you should do is to introduce him to your family members so that he gets to know them with your presence.

Prepare to spend some quality time with him in his new home to build up his trust and confidence in you.

It is important to establish a good relationship with your dog so that he feels secure being with you.

He will then feel relaxed and start to enjoy his new surroundings and his new family.

Boredom

What would your kids do when they are feeling bored? They will “tear” down your house if there is nothing to keep them occupied.

Your dog certainly is not going to do that “tearing”, but he will develop some unpleasant compulsive behaviors such as excessive licking of his paws or persistent barking to get your attention to play with him.

He had learned from experience that this barking works amazingly well, and you will (without fail) go to him whenever he does that magical “barking”.

So be mindful not to give your attention IMMEDIATELY to your dog whenever he barks, as that would make him think that this will be the way to make you go to him.

To a dog, “Interaction Is Going To Be A Rewarding Experience!”

Also, plan for some physical and mental activities to keep him busy and help him release his pent-up energy.

Physical games such as tug of war, playing fetch, chasing bubbles and flirt poles are excellent activities to release his energy and keep him tired.

There is a saying that “A Tired Dog Is A Good Dog” and by adhering to this fact, you will free yourself from that annoying dog’s barking.

Separation Anxiety

If you find your dog keeps barking whenever he finds himself alone, that could be a sign of separation anxiety.

Give him a chance to practice being alone.

Start with leaving him to be alone in a room for 5 minutes before you go back to him. Reward him with a treat if he stays quiet during this interval.

Keep practicing this with your dog and gradually increase the duration when he will be alone as he gains confidence to be on his own.

The goal is to make him aware that nothing bad will happen to him when he is alone.

You can also designate a safe and secure place (a crate will be an ideal choice) for him to go to whenever he feels lonely.

Leave your old clothing in the crate as the scent of this clothing will make your dog feel your presence and ease his separation anxiety.

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Tackle His Behavioral Issue

Dementia

Though dementia is more common in senior dogs of a certain age (10 years or older), that could also happen in younger dogs as well if they have a health condition that causes them to lose their mental abilities. 

If your dog is suffering from dementia, he will not be able to recall what he has done or to communicate with you.

He could have just eaten his meal but couldn’t remember it and thought he had not eaten yet. So he will keep barking to let you know that it’s feeding time!

Or he might be in the habit of barking at your family members as he now sees them as “strangers” in his home.

So, when they get back from work and step into the house, your dog will keep barking at them as if they are “invaders”.

You will need to seek help from a vet to assist you in managing your dog’s dementia condition.

Dominance Behavior

Did your dog’s barking only target your new dog? If that is the case, that would be a form of territorial barking.

Your residential dog is seeing the new dog as a threat and invading his territory.

He is barking to make the new dog steer clear of his territory and assert his dominant position.

You would likely see him exhibiting his dominance behavior if you attempt to keep him away from the new dog.

He might start to growl or bite you for that.

You have to break the cycle of territorial barking and the way to accomplish this is to make him see you as his pack leader and follow your orders.

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