It seems that dogs may have evolved from wolves and at some point developed a close relationship with man. When they began to live together man would have benefited from dogs in several ways. Perhaps one was that dogs, through superior hearing and smell, could have provided early warning of invaders either man or beast. I’m sure this was a very valuable to man and is why dogs to this day bark at intruders friend or foe.
So here’s my question: Is it ethical to yell at or discipline a dog because they are barking when someone or something comes into its territory? Aren’t they just doing their job and isn’t this a genetic trait that is part of your dogs character? It seems different to me than teaching them not to eat off the table and go to the bathroom in the house.