Barking is one way that dogs communicate. Some types of barking have no other purpose than offering the dog something to do. Other barking is instinctual, such as protective or territorial. Barking at an intruder is a safety measure like an alarm for a house fire, and that’s why it falls under the instinctual category. It’s often a reason behind why people have dogs – or at least one of the reasons they have one.
I jokingly and seriously call my own pup: My first line of defense. He is my furry baby, who gives unconditional love and companionship, but he also has a job. He protects my home and lets me know if there is a threat. I’m grateful for that.
One family fully realized this beneficial aspect of a dog in the family. Their Chihuahua’s uncontrollable barking in the early morning woke them up. There was an armed intruder in the house! The intruder kicked her aside, but she attacked, giving her family time to react and save themselves.
This type of barking is expected of our dogs, and rewarded. “She’ll be getting big