The Meaning of Your Dog’s Barks

Does your dog understand you better than you understand him? Or do you have a good grasp of what your dog is trying to say? Dog owners spend a great deal of time and effort training their dogs to understand humans, but they don’t always put the same energy into learning the language of their canine companions. Dogs communicate in many ways, including body language, scent, and of course barkswhines, and growls, but barks are likely the first thing you think of when you consider dog communication. And according to Dr. Stanley Coren’s book“How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication,” there is far more complexity involved than you might realize.

 

Barks made in different situations sound different and likely have different meanings. They are not a one-size-fits-all vocal signal, and they definitely serve a greater purpose than simply saying “hey” or “look out.” They are also emotionally complex. Dogs don’t just bark when they are excited, although it can seem that way when they are trying to get your attention. They bark when they are frightened, lonely, surprised, irritated, and more. That means there are different barks for different moods, as well.

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