Dogs sometimes become members of the family, beyond just pets, and in that trust placed, in conjunction with traditional beliefs, it has sometimes been expressed that dogs have that sense of more that indicates when a person who arrives at the house is “harmless” or, on the contrary, would not have good intentions.
However, leaving aside traditional social beliefs, experts have shown that these animals, like humans, tend to have their own judgment about the people they meet, in that sense, when they decide to bark or not at someone, it may be because it is simply not to their liking, among other reasons.
To start with, a dog’s bark is their main language, so they bark every time they want to communicate something to their owners. “When a dog barks it can express that it feels happy, curious or hungry, among many things. By looking for signs in his mood and environment, you will be able to understand what he means to you, as it is his way of communicating with you”, explains the specialized portal Purina.
Adding that: “Often (and most of the time) they bark for attention and it is their form of communication. They also bark when they want to warn their owners of the presence of an intruder. Or when they feel threatened. If verbal warning is of no use, the next step may be to use your teeth.” indicating some of the reasons why furry ones tend to bark.
Meanwhile, when this action is repeated towards a particular individual, or even to different strangers, according to experts, this could be due to the pet’s own judgment that indicates that it does not like the person, or perhaps it could be a sign territorial.
“Dogs are the same as people. There are people that you like better and others that you like worse. Well, the same to them. Dogs don’t like people, so to speak…Dogs tend to be very territorial and often just bark at people they don’t know, especially when they invade their safe space, so to speak”affirmed Felipe Vázquez Montoto, a Spanish veterinarian, in an interview with the specialized portal Wamiz.
In this way, the expert stated that this type of behavior can be triggered in a pet for different reasons. Apparently, the canine can detect the stranger’s smell or his way of expressing himself gesturally and not like it at all, so, to get that person away from his space, then he barks at him.
Do dogs learn to control impulses?
Dogs regulate their behavior in ways similar to humans, more specifically young children, new research from La Trobe University has revealed.
The study, recently published in Animal Cognition, identified a total of six key markers of executive function in dogsmany of which overlap with structures associated with human cognition, including the ability to follow instructions, control physical impulses, and use working memory.
Principal Investigator and Ph.D. candidate at La Trobe University, Maike Outsider, He said that despite expressing it in different ways, dogs regulate their behavior similarly to young children.
“A pet dog learns impulse control much like a child does; inhibits its urge to chew on furniture or bark at visitors, it can remember routines and do what its owner says,” Foraita said in a statement.
“Humans do this, too: We exhibit delay inhibition and motor inhibition when we wait for a piece of cake to be handed to us, instead of taking the entire cake with our hands.”
Foraita said dogs likely developed these human-like cognitive structures over tens of thousands of years living in domestic settings.