You’re Just Barking

Posted: July 31, 2013 in Behavior
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The other morning when I was getting ready for work, my normally quiet dog, Callie, started barking while in our second floor bedroom.  After a few barks, I heard my wife say to her, “You don’t know what you’re doing.  You’re just barking.”  Apart from the fact that Callie had no possibility of understanding such a sentence from Linda, I still found the observation amusing.  When I asked Linda what Callie was barking at, Linda said that the neighbor dog started barking and Callie just automatically chimed in as well, even though Callie had no idea from our second floor why Sparkles next door was yapping away.

I couldn’t help but wonder how much noise in our lives comes from people just barking about things because they hear others doing so.  I think we’d be a little better off if we didn’t join the pack of yelpers out there and only spoke up when there is a positive contribution to be made that is worthy of being heard.

Wonder what would happen if some of us started saying to the human barkers out there, “You don’t know what you’re doing.  You’re just barking”?  It might be interesting to find out.

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