Does your dog seem to never stop barking? Or do they seem to never bark at all? Are they trying to tell us something? Or are they just really excited? Almost all dogs bark, so how should we interpret it?
Even though your dog will not tell you about their weekend plans, how delicious breakfast was or how fun it is to play ball, a dog uses their bark to inform us about the environmental situation they are currently in. So it could be important to listen.
When we accidentally hurt ourselves, our first reaction is to scream “Ow!” or when we get so excited about a cool present we exclaim “Wow!” We are portraying our feelings into words for others, but it does not tell anyone why we feel that way.
These sounds are close to the reason a dog will bark. People come to us when they hear these sounds to investigate: Where did you get hurt? What gift did you get?
Dogs descended from wolves, yes, even the fluffiest poodle. But wolves do not bark, they howl. Dogs can howl, but this seems rare. So if we can understand why wolves howl, we could explain what barking is used for.
Howling is a beautiful sound, like beautiful music. Just as singing in a group brings people closer together, howling in a pack also brings wolves closer together.
A dog barking is trying to bring their group together – just not with a beautiful howl, but more with an urgent noise.
Sort of like the noises we make when injuring ourselves or very excited. Other animals also make similar noisy sounds when they feel frightened.
Dogs use barking to bring the group closer so that they can defend against danger as a group, especially when the danger cannot be dealt with alone. Even if the “danger” seems to be a balloon on the gate.
Being big and on top of the food chain, wolves don’t need to have urgent calls to call their mates to help with danger, as they don’t often feel under threat. Being much smaller and more defenseless than wolves, they often have the need to call everyone together.
So dogs bark because they do not feel confident they can cope with the situation, so they try to bring their group together. Although dogs do not just bark when frightened, but also when they are excited.
They are just urgently telling you that the postman is coming close to the house.
Just as we sound different when we scream from pain or from excitement, dogs too sound differently depending on the need for the barking.
Your dog’s bark when there is a snake will sound different to when their “dog-friend” is close by. You just need to listen carefully and you will start to identify the difference without your dog using words.
We train our dogs to understand when we say commands like “Sit” or “Go-see” and your dog tries its hardest to understand you. If you take the time to listen to what your dog is trying to say, you might also know when to “Sit” or “Go-see”.
So when your dog barks, know they are trying to bring the family closer together.
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