There are different reasons why Golden Retrievers bark. Barking is their way to communicate and express their emotions and desires.
Golden Retrievers are full of energy. Hence, they often bark when they see you to welcome you. Sometimes they bark when they are excited and are having a good time. They are more likely to bark when she see you for the first time, but it is normal and is usually just her way of saying hello.
Your dog probably bark the most when they are trying to get your attention. If you have a Golden Retriever puppy, you can pay attention to when he is barking. You may notice they barking a lot when you look away or when you started talking to someone else.
Puppies tend to notice that he is not the center of your world and will bark to bring your focus back to him. This can be problematic for you and your surrounding neighbours if your dog does it frequently.
Golden Retrievers will also bark if they are in trouble. Luckily, this should not be very often as they should feel completely safe and secure with their owners.
There are different kinds of distress that will get a Retriever to bark.
- Pain: If your dog gets his tail caught in a door or steps on a sharp object they will let out a yelp or bark.
- Fear: Loud noises, strange people, or even tense family situations trigger your dog to bark out of fear.
- Stress: There will be some signs signalling your dog is stressing about something. Take note of increased or decreased eating and trips to the bathroom, licking themselves, and the behavior of the tail. If your Retriever’s barking is associated with some of these behaviors, it might be a stress problem.
- Anxiety: Being left alone, bad weather, and traveling can all put stress on your dog.
- Frustration: Golden Retrievers often bark at the object of their frustration. They may bark excessively at a something that has frustrated or irritated them to express those feelings.
Although Goldens are extremely friendly and peaceful, there might be cases of an aggressive Golden Retriever. You will definitely hear it even though you might not know what sparked the aggressive outburst of barking. Signs of an aggressive dog includes the hair on their back starts to bristle, ears lay flat, and snarling accompanied with barking. If this happens, it is better to lead your dog away to avoid unwanted situations.
Differentiating Your Dog’s Bark
As you get to know your dog better, you will learn to differentiate the messages between your dog’s bark. You will be able to reduce your Golden’s excessive barking when you find the reason for the behavior and resolve the problem.