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Why do dogs bark at cars: the most common reasons

Alina MilsentLife
Dogs often bark at cars

Barking and chasing a car can mimic a dog's natural hunting instinct. The dog perceives a car passing by at an accelerated speed as prey to be hunted. Usually, this pursuit ends as soon as the car leaves the territory that the dog considers its own.

As the car approaches the house, the pet may start barking to warn of "entering someone else's territory." As the car continues to move, the dog believes that its warning did not work and increases its aggression. The details were reported by the publication "Cuteness."

Smells play an important role. Dogs are known to have a sensitive sense of smell. The smells of other people and animals accumulate in the car. The dog can even notice the area on the tires if someone else's car is parked in the yard.

Experts say that there is another reason for barking - it's banal boredom. To live a healthy and fulfilling life, dogs need mental and physical activity. Cars are very tempting "stimuli" for animals: they are fast, loud, and emit odors.

However, while barking at cars can be tolerated, chases endanger not only the pet and the driver but also other road users. It is important to do everything possible to prevent this behavior.

So, whenever your pet shows interest in a passing car, simply redirect your dog's attention to something else. Before you take your dog for a walk, take a treat and a toy with you.

Dogs need to be trained from an early age. It is important to make it clear that you are also the "pack leader" and your job is to protect the house and the surrounding area. This way, your dog will not feel the need to warn you of perceived threats. Your dog will bark less at cars if he knows that you have everything under control.

If your pet has a habit of chasing cars down the street, experts recommend trying one of the following methods:

  1. If you live in a private home, keep your dog in a kennel or in a fenced yard. You need to create a safe barrier between it and the roadway.
  2. Teach your dog to react quickly and come to your call.
  3. As a last resort, you can make the dog associate barking at a car with something unpleasant. For example, with a rise in your voice or a repulsive water spray.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to help your dog endure the heat.

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