Identify what different Dog Barks Mean and Learn How to Handle Them


Dogs are highly expensive animals and they always communicate exactly how they feel and think. Most of their communication happens with their body language. Surprisingly, they also have a wide range of vocalizations like yelps, whines, barks, and growls.
Just as humans use words to form sentences and say different things, dogs use different barks depending on what they are feeling or trying to say. If you know how to listen and interpret dogs’ barks, then you can interpret the range of the sounds they produce.   
A little observation and practice will help you to easily decode what a dog is telling you. This article will help you make out what the dog means when it’s either howling or yelping. It will enable you to determine what their barks and other sounds mean, ultimately answering your question: Why is this dog barking?


How do dogs sound differ with the sound of their bark?

Dogs have the ability to alter their sounds in 3 different ways. They can create different sounds that convey different meanings. They alter their sounds by changing:
ü  The pitch of the bark
ü  The duration of the sound created
ü  The frequency or repetition of the barking or the sound released

What does a dog’s pitch tell you?

The higher pitched sound - Generally, the higher pitched sounds are used to communicate the idea that a dog is non-threatening, positively welcoming, and generally safe to approach.  This kind of dog sound means that the dog is not feeling fearful, dominant or aggressive. 
The lower pitched sound – This one generally means that a dog is threatening and possibly very aggressive, and that you should stay away. 
Basically, the higher the sound, the less there is to worry about. On the other hand, the lower the sound, the more aggressive and threatening the dog is. 

What does the duration of the sound tell you?

Generally, the longer a dog makes a sound, the more likely that it is a conscious decision the dog has made.  It is a more deliberate action taken by the dog to sound out his confidence and aggressive intentions.  
A more timid dog will make shorter bursts of growling that are not sustained too long.  This shows that the dog is a little worried and is faced with aggression.

What does the frequency and repetition of barking tell us?

The more frequent the sound, the more urgent or excited a dog is feeling about whatever situation it is facing. If the sound is repeated continuously and rapidly, it means the situation is urgent or very bad. 
If they fail to repeat the sound, or when the repetitions are spaced out, it means they are showing little interest and are not really bothered by the situation.    
Having learned the meaning of the pitch, duration, and the frequency of a dog's barks, it would be ideal to observe your dog keenly before dismissing it, and failing to listen to it. Remember, if the barking persists and becomes very irritating, you can simply get a dogmaster bark control fitted to your dog for a calm, quieter environment.  

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