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Barkaholics: Why Dogs Bark at House Guests

By Amy Shojai

'Tis the season for visitors and guests. And your dog is ready and willing to add barking to the celebration. While that may prove aggravating to you or even scary to your visitors, it's important to realize barking is a normal part of canine communication. To figure out how to muffle the noise, first we must understand why dogs bark.

Why Dogs Bark

Dogs bark during play, defense, to greet and to garner attention. Think of barking as a canine fire alarm that alerts the dog's family to anything unusual. The arrival of friend or foe, a scary scent from visiting wildlife or the sight of you wearing a hat--or Grandma ringing the doorbell--may prompt barks.

Dogs also bark to get their own way. When Rex barks at the mailman each day, the mailman leaves and rewards him for barking. Smart dogs remember success and repeat the behavior again and again. That means when a visitor arrives at...

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How to Set Off-Limits Areas for Pets

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