For what they lack in size they make up for in their bark
By Catalina Barrios
Marley, my parents’ dog, is a Maltese. He is adorable and sometimes mischievous. He keeps my parents busy and makes them very happy. I love that Marley can even understand when my parents speak to him in Spanish. He runs to the nearest place to hide, which usually for him is behind a couch, when he sees my mom with a vacuum.
Something Marley does very loudly is bark!. Who would have thought a small dog like Marley would make so much noise? When he is with Kyra, my sister’s dog, an American Bulldog, he tries to bark as loud as she can.
Have you ever asked yourself why small dogs bark so much, and sometimes even louder than big dogs? Well, you’re about to find out why.
Something to consider when your dog barks so much is analyzing their behavior.
1. Asserting leadership
We may have the tendency of treating small dogs like babies, but this is not the best thing to do as they will think they are the ones in charge. Because they feel they rule your home, they will bark as loud as they can to get your attention. They also feel they are responsible for protecting your home and they will bark who gets close to you.
The last thing a dog wants is to feel she is being left out. By keeping your dog active it will reduce the intensity and loudness of their barking. Small dogs who bark all day do so because they are calling for attention; they feel lonely. This loneliness makes them feel stressed which could cause them to be destructive and aggressive. If you are going to be away for a long time, leave your dog with toys that will keep him entertained.