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The Noisiest Dogs and How to Quiet Them
Posted on : 01/07/2013 03:06:59 PM

Dogs are incredible creatures. No matter how good or bad your day was, you can always count on your dog to cheer you up when you walk through the door.

If there is any downside to a dog, though, it can be the barking. Some dogs are chirpier than others, and seem to let out an ear-piercing woof every time they see a leaf fall from a tree. But not all dogs – or barks – are created equal.

Loudest barkers

Just a few years ago, a German Shepherd named Daz set the Guinness World Record for the loudest bark. The four-year-old pooch from Essex, England, let out a woof that measured a whopping 108 decibels, which is roughly as loud as most car horns.

When it comes to the simple volume of the bark, the general rule is: the larger the dog, the louder the bark. As far as large dogs go, there is no bigger breed than the Great Dane.

Fortunately, the Great Dane isn’t a big barker. They aren’t aggressive by nature and typically won’t let out that deep, powerful blast unless they feel threatened.

Most persistent barkers

On the other hand, smaller dogs tend to be more persistent barkers than their bigger brethren. Chihuahuas take the cake when it comes to producing loud, nonstop racket, but Miniature/Toy Poodles and Pomeranians aren’t far behind. Once you get one of these little guys going, it’s hard to get them to stop.

Beating the Bark

Noisy dogs can be irritating, particularly at nighttime. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can help quiet your clamorous canine.

1.       Exercise – All dogs need to burn energy, and excessive barking is often an indication that a pooch needs more stimulation. Long walks, a trip to the park or a good old-fashioned game of fetch can help zap that extra energy.

2.       Positive reinforcement – When your dog is making too much noise, let them know they are barking up the wrong tree. Use a simple command, such as “Quiet!” until your dog stops barking. Make sure to reward them with a treat so they understand what they did.

3.       Figure out why – Generally speaking, dogs don’t just bark for the sake of barking. Next time your pup starts yelping, take a minute to figure out what he’s trying to tell you. Is he bored? Upset? Nervous? Excited? Figuring out why your dog is barking is the best way to figure out how to get them to stop.

Remember, at the end of the day, canines are as different as people. Each individual dog has its own unique personality, and the loudness or persistency of their barks are based on a number of factors, not just their breed.

However, there is one good thing about a dog’s bark: home security.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to invest in a home security system, (you can get affordable home monitoring at but a barking dog is one of the last things a burglar wants to see (or hear) when attempting a break-in.

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