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Excessive / Inappropriate Vocalizing
There are lots of reasons dogs bark. It is very often an attention seeking behavior; however, it can just as easily be associated with territorial or protective behavior, play, overexcitement/hyperactivity, boredom, aberrant learned behavior, separation anxiety, geriatric changes, etc. Once the cause is determined, the most appropriate treatments can be selected to address the particular details of your dogs situation. Cats can also drive owners up the wall with their own vocalization problems, especially when they do it at 4 a.m..