My husband is outside shoveling snow. I’m upstairs writing. Honey, who just finished breakfast, is downstairs barking.
What should I do? How should I reply to my dog’s bark?
I won’t keep you in suspense. I went downstairs to see what Honey wanted.
She sounded anxious. But she didn’t want to go outside.
So I knelt down on her pillow and she came up to put her head in my lap.
All Honey wanted was a little comfort.
Mike was outside and she could see and hear him through the door. I was upstairs and she wanted to be with me too.
Once I reassured Honey that everything was okay, she followed me upstairs to lie on the couch like she usually does when I write.
If you google questions about dog barking, you’ll only find everyone’s and their mother’s suggestions for stopping it. And sometimes that’s important. You don’t want a dog barking out of anxiety. And you don’t want to be evicted from your apartment.
But what if sometimes we just listened to our dogs trying to talk to us and asked them what they needed? It sounds like common courtesy to me.
And now, if you ask google, there’s at least one search result that says sometimes it’s okay to reply to your dog’s bark.
Your Turn: Does your dog bark to talk to you? What is he or she saying?