Hello friends! We’ve been so busy lately that we haven’t found time to blog as much as we would like which is a bummer because every day is another day of adventure for us. Anyways, I’ve been asked many times why Hunter barks. The answer is simple. Hunter is a dog. Dogs bark. He barks when the door bell rings. He barks when people come running towards him. He barks because he’s a dog. His barks appear vicious. And it doesn’t help that he’s a big dog. But to be honest, Hunter is a dog with little confidence. He is frightened easily.. and so his first defense is to bark, but it’s not aggressive. It’s more like a, “get away from me,” kind of bark. If you were to ask any of our friends who have visited our home.. they would tell you the same thing. He backs up towards the bedroom as he barks. And after everyone finally settles down, he stops. But he doesn’t stop because he likes your presence in his territory… but because he tolerates you. We’ve realized that Hunter is more likely to bark at men. Especially big, tall men that stare him down. Why? He feels intimidated and challenged. So I usually tell people to ignore him completely. Sometimes people listen to my advice. When this happens, Hunter feels less threatened and will be more inclined to sniff that human’s butt. Treats are immediately rewarded for appropriate contact with the human to reinforce this behavior. And also to make the connection that humans are good and won’t harm him. Other times, people choose not to listen.. and so the barking continues until either I walk away with Hunter or the person gives up and walks away.
I usually don’t mind his barking. It’s his warning to people that they are getting too close. Fair enough. But there are times when I wished Hunter was more approachable and friendly. You know.. like those T.V dogs that hug everyone! But I’ve also come to terms that he’s not that type of dog. His barks are a part of his personality. He’s more reserved and has a protective temperament. That’s my boy.. and I love my barky dog all the same. At the end of the day, I know that Hunter only has unconditional love for us and that’s all that matters. Until next time.