Silent pooch is definitely a dream come true for every apartment owner, and while some breeds are simply less predisposed to barking by nature,Before looking for an un-mute audio button on your dog, consider that some dogs are by nature less predisposed to barking. However, keep in mind that at times there’s actually something wrong with a dog who won’t bark and that’s when it’s a good idea to see your vet and play it safe.
if you notice your dog is trying to bark but nothing is coming out, it is likely there’s a medical problem behind this occurrence and you should visit your vet immediately to determine why your dog can’t bark.
Also, over-barking can cause your dog to use up all of his barks and literally become hoarse.
However, if you notice other problems with his respiratory system, alongside chronic vomiting, metabolic disorders and growths, it means that more serious medical issues are the cause of his sudden silence.
Breed & Personality
Even though throughout history canines were praised for their ability to bark and scare off unwanted intruders, some breeds simply chose to remain on the quiet side.
Basenjis and beagles for instance, might not bark in the ordinary sense of the word, but expect to hear other noises like hums, yodels and howls.
It can also depend on the personality of a specific dog. Your canine friend might not like the sound he makes when he barks and he may prefer to whine or whimper rather than bark loudly. Other pooches have laid-back personalities and easy-going temperaments, and simply don’t see the reason for all the fuss. If your furry friend is one of those, count your blessings and go pet him immediately.
Normal Personality Trait
While most dogs are physically able to bark, just as humans, some dogs can be more on the soft-spoken side. Scruffy may prefer to whine or whimper rather than give out a loud, booming bark. Other dogs may simply not find many good reasons worthy of wasting their vocal cords on. In these cases, count your blessings; most likely there’s nothing wrong with your pooch. Some dogs are simply blessed with quiet, laid-back personalities and easy-going temperaments.
The Honeymoon Effect
If you just adopted a dog from a shelter or rescue, you may be dealing with the honeymoon effect. Basically, your little stinker may be holding off his worst behaviors as he adjusts to his new environment. Then, as days go by, he may become more relaxed and his normal vocal personality may finally emerge. That’s when you hear dog owners complain about such new behaviors which help provide a more accurate insight as to why the dog was surrendered in the first place.
If your recently rescued dog has a hard time barking and you don’t know his history, there may be chances his previous owner had him debarked. Debarked dogs may still vocalize but may only make lower pitched sounds. Alternatively, if the dog just appears not interested in barking, it could mean that’s just his nature or his previous owner may have used a bark collar to suppress his bark. Even worse, the dog may have been abused every time he barked. With time and gentle training techniques, you can help your little fellow finds his voice again.
If your pet doesnt bark at all :p Dont be happy about it ! Go and show him to vet right away 🙂