VIDEO: What Different Dog Barks Mean

May 31, 2017 12:26 pm  |  Comments: 4  | Views: 20957

Your dog has different kinds of barks — here’s why

Dogs are highly expressive animals and are always communicating exactly how they think and feel.

And although most of their communication happens with body language, they also have a surprisingly large range of vocalizations such as barks, yelps, whines and growls. In much the same way we use words to form sentences to say different things, dogs can vary their barks depending on what they’re feeling or trying to say.

And if you know what to listen for you can interpret the range of sounds your Labrador creates.

Here’s how to tell if there’s a burglar outside, it’s bathroom time, or if they’re just playful.


Sources: Business Insider


  • Annamay Olsen says:

    I don’t agree that dogs don’t smile. I’ve owned a half-dozen small companion dogs and can attest to their smiling in reaction to their experiences. I’ve often told the story of my Chihuahua who was with me on a ten-day auto trip through New England, when during our return to Manhattan, I announced to him that we were, “going home, Sammy” thinking that he’d be happy to hear it. Well, he wasn’t. The corners of his mouth immediately turned down — reversing the happy face he’d displayed all the days before!

  • Theidora says:

    I was expecting to hear different kinds of dog barking….

    • N Laurens says:

      I was too. My Andy has many different barks just like any other dog. Each time he barks it is a guessing game as to what he wants.

  • Phyllis J. Goodall says:

    Thank you for that mini-video.

    I have lived with Collies, Labradors and at present a Border Terrier, all bitches. I find the Border Terrier is less doting, more independent and self-assertive, and she uses more body language, very little oral communication. The other two had many vocalisations for agreement, approval, warning of unwise instructions, sympathy in moments of sadness. As the daughter of a hill farm where the parents and grandmother were often busy, `i was ‘nannied’ away from the mill dam and the stream, the aggressive old ewes and the overly playful calves, by the Collie bitch.

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