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Vocal Dogs

When it comes to communicating their emotions, puppies and dogs win paws down throughout the animal kingdom for their vast array of sounds. Barking is the most common noise associated with our canine companions and this in itself can mean so many different things.

Each time your dog barks it’s trying to relay a message across to you so instead of asking your dog to be quiet instantly try and decipher the reasoning behind the bark, sometimes owners and non-owners are too quick to shout at a dog for barking as it’s seen as an annoyance. Your dog could actually be warning you that there’s a stranger about or that they’ve heard an unfamiliar noise outside that needs to be investigated.

If a dog’s taken by surprise they might let out a bark. One of mine came across a tree that had fallen in the high winds, it was strewn across our normal pathway in the woods and she wouldn’t stop barking at it. In the end I had to take another route with her as there was no way on earth she was passing the tree!

Dogs can also bark to instigate play either with another dog or with their owner. They can also bark to show their distress for instance if you leave a dog ‘home alone’ and it suffers from separation anxiety it may make a high-pitched sounding bark. This type of bark generally becomes higher pitched the more distressed the dog becomes.

Emotions are conveyed via a dog’s bark and once you become used to your dog you will be   able to instantly read the way they’re feeling simply by the sound of their bark. A deep bark will normally indicate a guarding mood and a warning signal, the bark will usually be repetitive and continue until the dog’s satisfied that the ‘problem’ has vanished. A playful bark will be high pitched and excited and generally be short, this type of bark can be heard when a dog’s excited about going for a walk or wishing to play.

Dogs don’t just communicate their emotions to their owners via their barking they let one another know how they’re feeling too, just like you and I would smile or laugh if we’re feeling happy a dog may bark excitedly. Growling is another form of communication used and is often associated with aggression but it can portray playfulness too, an aggressive growl will generally begin quite low and rumbling and then progress if the dog feels that the warning hasen’t been heeded.

So next time your pooch barks or growls stop and listen and see if you can determine the nature of the sound, this will help you to bond with your canine chum too as the more you can understand them the closer you’ll become.