Noise that distresses is an ASSAULT The barking of dogs provokes more complaints about Noise than from any other source. Dog ownership, often by totally unsuitable owners, appears to be rooted in man’s infantile need for adulation. Read about this in Dr Sam Vaknin’s incisive article ... BARKING is one of the most discordant and distressing sounds of modern times.   BARKING occurs because dogs, animals congenitally programmed to free- range, are kept unnaturally confined in the entirely unsuitable conditions of suburbia. Chronic barking is the distress call of trapped animals.