Do you want to know why your cockapoo keeps barking? It’s easy. He has thousands of things he wants to tell you and emotions he wants to express, but all he’s got is his bark. Think about it; if you only had one word to convey everything and anything and that word was “banana” or maybe “jingles” you would have to find different ways of using it.
Well, that’s precisely what it’s like for your cockapoo, which is why it’s so important you pay attention to his barks and start understanding what the different ones mean.
Let’s take a look at what your cockapoo’s telling you when he barks and why he won’t stop.
Your Cockapoo Wants Something
When your cockapoo wants something, he does what’s affectionately called a “demand bark.” It could be because he wants his long overdue walk or his dinner. You’ll be able to recognize this bark not only by its sound but also when it happens.
It’s usually one bark or a few in succession. There are quite a few pauses in between, and you’ll notice that he’s looking at you or the thing he wants.
It’s best, according to animal behaviorists to either ignore it or get up and walk away. This is because giving in to your dog (immediately) reinforces the behaviour and will encourage him to demand bark more.
If, on the other hand, you realize it is supper or walk time, then do what he’s “asking” after the second bark. This way you won’t have a pushy pooch in the house.
Your Cockapoo is Alarmed
An “alarm bark” is in response to something that’s startled your cockapoo, like a knock at the door, or the doorbell ringing. If you’re looking to stop this type of barking, it’s best to divert your cockapoo’s attention with a toy or a quick walk outside.
What you shouldn’t do is shout or yell your pup, as this only adds fuel to the fire and will get her even more excited. It’s easy to recognize an alarm bark because it occurs in a specific situation.
Your Cockapoo is Anxious
With an anxious bark, the emotion might be the same as an alarm bark, but the context is usually different. Anxious barking could occur when you’re leaving the house for the day, sans cockapoo, or during a walk and another dog approaches.
It’s easy to confuse this kind of bark for aggression, but it’s more fear-based than anything else. If your cockapoo is barking while he’s lunging at something or someone, it’s because he’s afraid and wants you to keep “it” away. Aggression will have lunging, but there’ll be far more growling, sneering and raised hairs.
Your Cockapoo is Excited
Excited cockapoos are barking cockapoos, and it could happen when you’re out on a walk and she says another pooch, or you’ll hear it when dogs are playing or doing something they enjoy.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between an excited bark and an anxious one, but again, if you look at it in context, it’s easier to distinguish between the two. A wagging tail and lots of jumping up and down is excitement.
If your pup is barking and trying to get away from something, you know it’s anxiety.
Your Cockapoo Wants Attention
Sometimes your cockapoo just wants attention, and he barks to get it. He could also just be frustrated or bored.
If you can’t see an apparent reason for your pup barking, it’s safe to assume he wants you.
Over time, as you and your furry friend spend more time together, you’ll know exactly what his barks mean, and you’ll be able to respond accordingly.