Greyhounds are wonderful racing dogs but what people are recently discovering is that they can make great pets too. They might seem big and energetic, but behind all this, they are friendly and affectionate canines that will bring joy to any dull home. Greyhounds were bred for the racing and thus will have a lot of energy that can be directed to destructive behaviors when they are not receiving enough exercise. One of these annoying behaviors is Greyhound barking. Barking is not a bad quality passé; the bad thing is when it is in excess.
When humans want to communicate, they talk; dogs on the other hand have barking as their means of communication. A dog will bark because of a number of reasons which include but not limited to, loneliness, boredom, fear, pain or when there is an intruder. In most cases, people are not annoyed when their Greyhounds bark because there is an intruder, in fact, this is viewed as a plus as your dog can easily alert you or your neighbor when there is a burglar. Greyhound barking becomes annoying when your dog is barking all night and most of the day and you seem not to find a good reason behind the barking.
To have peaceful nights, it is important to find ways that will reduce the barking considerably. Not that we are talking about reducing. Your dog cannot live without barking at all but there is a level of barking that is not annoying and that is what you should tolerate. The best way to approach Greyhound barking is first trying to find the reason why your dog is barking for long hours. This is the only way you will be able to find a solution that will not only be effective, but will also be long lasting.
Greyhound barking can be as a result of territorial traits, dominance related problems or when they are bored and lonely. All these problems have solutions but you will have to find out why your dog is barking excessively. If your dog barks when a new person or strange individual comes into the house, then this might probably be because they feel threatened. To reduce this kind of barking, you should make sure your Greyhound socializes with people and other animals. The best way to do this is taking them for a walk into the park where there are many people and their pets. Your dog will get use to meeting different people and animals and will not feel threatened wherever you go.
If your Greyhound barks when they are alone or when you leave for work, then this could be as a sign of loneliness. If left unattended this could lead to separation anxiety which will be difficult to handle. The best way to treat this kind of Greyhound barking is training your dog and letting them know that sometimes they have to be alone and you must leave and come back later. The best time to do this is when the dog is still a puppy so that they can grow up knowing it is not a must that you are around.