There are many reasons why pooches bark – it’s how they talk! Learn to tell the difference between dog barks and you’ll take training to the next level.
A new pet is one of life’s biggest joys, but it is also a huge responsibility.
Your dog needs a strong leader who steps up and shows authority.
Dedicate yourself to training and setting boundaries, rules, and limitations.
Maybe Fido is a quick learner by nature. Or, maybe he needs a longer training plan.
Like us, every pet’s personalities and temperaments are unique. Animals come with their own habits and quirks.
Your dog may be quiet and skittish or perhaps bold and fearless. And maybe a natural-born barker.
At the basic level, dog barks are vocal communication. It’s how dogs talk!
They also use body language and sounds.
When a dog carries his tail high and prances around others, it is a sign of dominance or aggression. If a dog carries his tail low between his legs, then he is indicating submission and insecurity.
Dogs evolved from wolves.
As a result, the nature of barking has changed. Wolves used only brief vocal expressions like howling or baying. Yet dogs today bark in long, balanced beats.
In general, domesticated dogs bark more than wolves do.
TRAINING ZONE – TYPES OF DOG BARKS
Learn to identify different types of dog barks and improve your training skills
Warning Bark Low dog barks that build to a growl, or even showing teeth. What it means: He’s afraid. Your dog senses danger or a violation of his territory.
Alarm Bark Brief short bursts of barking followed by quiet pauses. What it means: He’s nervous. He hears an unfamiliar sound but lacks access to the cause – like a doorbell.
Sustained Bark Continuous, non-aggressive barking. Often sounds repetitive and monotonous. What it means: It is a plea for attention and companionship. Your pet is letting you know he is lonely!
Stutter Bark Low pitched and short dog barks that eventually ascend in tone. What it means: This is a friendly, playful bark and a sign of excitement – your dog would like to play.
The Yelp A series of short barks that almost sound like crying. What it means: Your dog is in pain and his bark will likely increase in volume. Higher volume means higher pain.
Excessive Barking Last, the most intense form of barking. There are several triggers including fear, protectiveness, boredom, and anxiety. So, you may need intervention from a professional and/or your family vet. It is important to diagnose the problem correctly to find effective treatments.