Do Dogs Get Tired Of Barking

Do Dogs Get Tired Of Barking?

Last Updated: August 18, 2023
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Physically, I believe dogs get tired. Dogs cannot bark all day long without stopping because they would lose their voice or would need a drink. If your dog continues to bark for hours, it is probably because it has been left alone too long. The dogs bark compulsively at the slightest sound to attract someone or something’s attention.

In this article you will know the answer to the query “Do Dogs Get Tired Of Barking?“.

You may have reached this page because you like many of us are sitting at home listening to a dog bark nonstop and one of the nicer questions that crosses your mind is do dogs get tired of barking?

Do Dogs Get Tired Of Barking

If you have just received a written warning from your local authority over your noisy dog you may be just beginning to think about ways to help your dog stop barking.

Lets start by looking at whether excessive barking makes dogs tired to begin with and then we’ll look at the causes and solutions of excessive barking. 

Do dogs get tired of barking?

This is all dependent on how we define barking. 

Physically I believe dogs get tired. 

Dogs cannot bark all day long without stopping because they would lose their voice or would need a drink.

Is a dog ever tired of barking in another sense of the word “tired”? I think some dogs will never become tired of barking.

If your dog continues to bark for hours it is probably because it has been left alone too long. 

The dogs bark compulsively at the slightest sound to attract someone or somethings attention.

It could be that they hear a voice nearby or that they hear a car going past. 

They desperately want the voice or the car to belong to their owner.

Since dogs are pack animals most of them need humans or other dogs to share their lives with.

In the absence of enough company dogs get very stressed and one of the ways that dogs display their stress is by barking excessively. 

It is much better for some dogs to be left alone. The situation varies with each dog. 

Why do dogs bark?

Any number of reasons can cause a dog to bark. 

This is their way of communicating exactly what they are feeling to a wide range of people dogs and even other animals.

There are nine different ways that a dog might bark that I can think of off the top of my head:

  1. Dogs greeting each other
  2. As a greeting to owners
  3. In excitement
  4. Discipline young
  5. To alert the rest of the pack to a potential threat
  6. To initiate play
  7. To threaten an intruder
  8. To threaten an unfamiliar dog
  9. To get attention when they are bored

Do dogs get sore throats from barking?

Its possible for dogs to get a sore throat. Humans suffer from laryngitis (the same condition). Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx.

She suffers from it for a number of reasons including barking too much. 

Unfortunately without visiting a veterinarian you can not tell if your dog has a sore throat because they can not tell us.

After a stay at a kennel many dog owners have noticed their dogs have “become hoarse”. 

After spending a whole week in a kennel it is easy to imagine that a dog who spends most of the time barking would either sound hoarse or have completely lost its bark by the end of the week.

How to stop a neighbor’s dog from barking

In the case that you are reading this because you have to listen to the barking of someone elses dog nearby the only way to stop the barking is to speak with the dogs owner or to report it.

There are different local laws in the U.S. depending on where you live.

Our tolerance for excessive barking seems to be decreasing as the number of pet dogs increases. 

Its not surprising: a 2006 study found that dog rescue shelters can be extremely noisy exceeding 118 decibels. 

To put that into perspective that is comparable to standing next to an emergency siren or a military aircraft taking off (140 dB).

In 2010 some states in the United States passed laws allowing neighbors to file complaints after twenty minutes of continuous barking.

A revised figure of 10 minutes of noise was released in 2012. 

It is exhausting to listen to that level of noise every day which can have a devastating impact on some peoples health. 

This story about a dog owner who was jailed serves as evidence of how seriously some courts take this issue.

In contrast there are neighbors who have endured excessive barking for years and havenot gotten anywhere with their local authority. 

5 ways to stop your own dog from barking

Two levels of work will be required.

First you will have to provide more company for your dog.

As a second step you can then work on the specific skill of getting your dog to bark less.

The focus of this article will be on the first level.

If you have a dog that barks obsessively you’re in for a challenging time. 

When your dog is barking because of separation anxiety how can you fix it without changing your routine and possibly your job?

You can prevent separation anxiety by following these five steps

1. Change your working hours slightly

It may be possible to change your hours so that you can start later giving you more time to walk your dog before work.

Alternately you could work later and take a longer lunch break so you can go home in the middle of the day.

2. Ask to work from home

It is possible that your company will let you work from home a few days a week due to the changes brought on by Covid-19.

3. A friendly neighbor or family member can drop by during the day. 

While my wife and I were working my mother-in-law would walk our dog.

4. Pay for daycare

Most of us are familiar with doggie daycare which is like a “nursery” for dogs that run all day. 

At daycare a dog is almost never lonely or does not receive enough attention.

In addition they seem to be only a little more expensive than a dog walking service. 

5. Pay for a dog walker

In case you are unable to get your dog to a local daycare center perhaps you should consider hiring a dog walker? 

You will be able to provide your dog with human contact and some exercise for an hour or two.


My article has hopefully provided some helpful advice to both the owners of dogs that are compulsive barkers and to their long-suffering neighbors.

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