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Why Do Dogs Bark? It's Still Mostly a Mystery.
Real Clear Science ^ | 4-24-14 | Ross Pomeroy

Posted on 04/24/2014 4:35:17 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

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To: hdbc

2 words: American Eskimo. They *specialize* in barking. and barking. AND barking.
Although we have a little Boston/ Chiweenie (too) who gives them a run for their money. (heh. Literally- as in “Oh crap, RUN!”)


51 posted on 04/24/2014 5:26:46 PM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: Zeneta

“I had a male Golden Retriever, 110lbs with no fat.This guy barked, literally, maybe 3 or 4 times in his life.”

Same with mine. He is only 75 pounds though. The only time he barks is when he hears an owl. I have birds all over the place, nothing. An owl and he goes nuts.


53 posted on 04/24/2014 5:28:27 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Maybe the barking of the dog acted as a homing sound for primitive man hunting far from home. By walking toward the barking he could find his way back.

Your dog knows when you are home. So he acts as a sentinel alerting you to the sound of someone’s arrival...for good or bad you can be ready.

The reason dogs bark is because they are and want to remain the friend of humanity....perhaps our best animal friend. Dog behavior has been rewarded with friendship by humans for thousands of years.


54 posted on 04/24/2014 5:29:22 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama stands for the corruption of America in all aspects.)
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To: 21twelve
I've read that that my be the best way to train Chesapeakes.....

"any dog can be very apprehensive or even surly and overly possessive around strangers or other dogs; and, generally, the Chesapeake tends to exhibit these traits more than the Lab. "

55 posted on 04/24/2014 5:31:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
Thanks afraidfortherepublic.

56 posted on 04/24/2014 5:39:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Roos_Girl
"along with the low grade whining."

My dog hates red lights on the way to the river.

57 posted on 04/24/2014 5:42:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Why Do Dogs Bark? It's Still Mostly a Mystery.

I'm going out on a limb here, Alec, but does it have something to do with communication?

58 posted on 04/24/2014 5:44:25 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Meowing would not make much sense either.

Saay whaaaat?

When my cats meow, I know exactly what they are saying.

59 posted on 04/24/2014 5:53:04 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Joe 6-pack

Catz is the problem here also.


60 posted on 04/24/2014 5:53:44 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; afraidfortherepublic
Because it is too hard for them to quote Shakespeare.

And we wouldn't like it if they did. Can you imagine?

61 posted on 04/24/2014 6:02:20 PM PDT by fanfan ("If Muslim kids were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic
During our tribal time as hunter-gatherers and the dogs' domestication, they barked to make their human buddies aware of strangers and/or danger of any sort. That's why they bark.

They co-evolved with us.

62 posted on 04/24/2014 6:23:20 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
My dogs bark for all the usual reasons, mostly warning me that something is going on outside. The other day my Black Mouth Cur (hound dog) followed me all around the house whining softly. I knew she was trying to tell me something but I didn't realize what it was until I went to our bedroom.

She went over to her bed in the corner and whined louder.

One of the little Jack Russels had peed in her bed and she wanted it cleaned up. As soon as I took her bed to wash it she never whined again. Cate is a great dog! :)

63 posted on 04/24/2014 6:35:05 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: goodnesswins

My dog is 14 and has been losing his hearing also. Sometimes, not a lot, he just stands out in the yard and barks at nothing. My theory is that his bark is something he can really hear, so it comforts him. But who knows.


64 posted on 04/24/2014 6:36:07 PM PDT by americas.best.days... ( I think we can now say that they are behind us.)
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To: goodnesswins

our australian shepherd mix would lift his upper lip like a smile. hilarious. if you want to know why dogs bark, consider how domestic dogs communicate with each other, then compare that with communication for human hearing. My daughter-in-law’s beagle barks a LOT. My rat terrier hurts my ears. Loved my husky/wolf cause she didn’t bark menacingly unless it was a threat to someone she didn’t like. Only twice in her lifetime. She whined in greeting and howled, of course. Boy do I miss her.


65 posted on 04/24/2014 6:37:10 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

Our dog is probably part aussie...and will smile (only in a.m. now - she’s 13+)...but she used to only bark when strangers came...and especially if they had eye contact...and she can make people scared...now she seems to bark to order my husband to do something...it is a happy bark tho.


66 posted on 04/24/2014 6:48:14 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Remember this? Animal sounds.
https://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/5528382/il_fullxfull.262724919.jpg


67 posted on 04/24/2014 6:52:05 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: fanfan

I’ll take a dog quoting Shakespeare to some of the “yuts” I see on the streets of DC, any day, any time.

PS: My cats can say “out” so clearly you’re waiting for them to say something else, like “dinner”.


68 posted on 04/24/2014 7:07:51 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: minnesota_bound
Better yet...I Bought Me a Cat. "My cat says fiddle-i-fee." One of my favorites.
69 posted on 04/24/2014 8:17:54 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: GraceG

Ring ding ding diding diding ding.


70 posted on 04/24/2014 8:22:05 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Go, Cruz! Go!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Squirrels don’t elicit that response?

I got it....moved by and ruminating on...


71 posted on 04/24/2014 8:26:14 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Go, Cruz! Go!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Squirrel Warning!


72 posted on 04/24/2014 8:26:56 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: tophat9000

HAHAHAHA!!!!


73 posted on 04/24/2014 8:28:26 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Rufus sez, “I bark, therefore I am”


74 posted on 04/24/2014 8:45:37 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I don’t know why they bark but I love howling with them.


75 posted on 04/24/2014 9:09:07 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Roos_Girl

Borderline subsonic or ultrasonic whining?

Mine do both.

I can hear it *just* enough to start twitching.

;D


76 posted on 04/24/2014 9:13:49 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Because they can.


77 posted on 04/24/2014 9:17:36 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Some learn from others... The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

“The Fox”

Dog goes woof, cat goes meow.
Bird goes tweet, and mouse goes squeak.
Cow goes moo. Frog goes croak, and the elephant goes toot.
Ducks say quack and fish go blub, and the seal goes OW OW OW.
But there’s one sound that no one knows...
WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?

Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
WHAT THE FOX SAY?
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!
WHAT THE FOX SAY?
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!
WHAT THE FOX SAY?
Joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!
Joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!
Joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!
WHAT THE FOX SAY?

Big blue eyes, pointy nose, chasing mice, and digging holes.
Tiny paws, up the hill, suddenly you’re standing still.
Your fur is red, so beautiful, like an angel in disguise.
But if you meet a friendly horse, will you communicate by mo-o-o-o-orse, mo-o-o-o-orse, mo-o-o-o-orse?
How will you speak to that h-o-o-orse, h-o-o-orse, h-o-o-orse?
WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?!

Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!
Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!
Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!
WHAT THE FOX SAY?
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!
WHAT THE FOX SAY?
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!
WHAT THE FOX SAY?
A-oo-oo-oo-ooo!
Woo-oo-oo-ooo!
WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?!

The secret of the fox, ancient mystery.
Somewhere deep in the woods, I know you’re hiding.
What is your sound? Will we ever know?
Will always be a mystery what do you say?

You’re my guardian angel hiding in the woods.
What is your sound? (A-bubu-duh-bubu-dwee-dum a-bubu-duh-bubu-dwee-dum)
Will we ever know? (A-bubu-duh-bubu-dwee-dum)
I want to, I want to, I want to know! (A-bubu-duh-bubu-dwee-dum)
(Bay-buh-day bum-bum bay-dum)


78 posted on 04/24/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

Dog barking evolved as a means to communicate with humans. Interesting.


79 posted on 04/24/2014 11:31:28 PM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

I can imagine that! :-) One of mine communicates, one converses, one demands..and one just squeaks like a newborn because he’s figured out it gets the two leggers in the house to coo over him and the calico to go all momma kitty for him.


80 posted on 04/24/2014 11:40:39 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Gary Larson did a study of the different types of dog bark. He discovered that they all mean, “Hey!”


81 posted on 04/24/2014 11:57:56 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: RoosterRedux

talking about dogs here.


82 posted on 04/25/2014 3:58:50 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Our Malamute rarely barks, and when he howls it is definitely for specific situations. The barks are pretty much all warning or surprise barks. The howls are pretty rare as well, but those are more for not paying attention to what he wants you to pay attention to, or sometimes just to talk. He will actually try to mimic what you say in his howls sometimes.


83 posted on 04/25/2014 6:31:24 AM PDT by tarawa
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To: tarawa

My late Golden Retriever NEVER barked unless surprised by a wild animal (deer, turkey) and then it was just a low growl ending in a R-r-f-f. He also didn’t whine. He made his needs known through a bump of a wet nose and pleading brown eyes.

He could bark, however. We took him on a trip to CA where we visited my husband’s sister. He ran around the yard with a Yellow Lab and the two of them barked like crazy at a Schnauzer that they couldn’t see beyond the fence. hen it came time to leave, he got into the back seat and never made another sound for the rest of the trip back to Wisconsin, or afterward.

He had been a rescue, so we don’t know his early life. It could have been that his first owner may have “trained” him with an anti-bark collar. That’s all I can figure.

We surely do miss him. Every day. R.I.P., Max.


84 posted on 04/25/2014 7:51:33 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tarawa

I live in a rural area, and my 15 year old Siberian Husky only barks at humans she does not know-she has a different howl for everything else, but not a bark.

If I’m taking her out late at night, and coyotes are howling, she will sit down, howl back and stubbornly resist any attempt to bring her back inside while doing a complaint howl that is doggie bitching. She especially likes to do this on the coldest nights in winter, when she is happy in her layers of fur and I’m turning blue at the other end of the leash...


85 posted on 04/25/2014 8:56:10 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: NonValueAdded

“Hi, Yortuk. Hi, Georg. Sorry we’re late.”

Dude, send me a new keyboard, LOL!


86 posted on 04/25/2014 9:39:29 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: lonevoice

Hmmm . . . it does make sense.


87 posted on 04/25/2014 11:04:39 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: Yollopoliuhqui

I was hoping someone would catch that SNL reference :)


88 posted on 04/25/2014 12:15:20 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: GraceG

Haven’t you ever seen Dora?

The fox says “Awwwwww Mannnnnn”


89 posted on 04/28/2014 6:14:41 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: NonValueAdded
What about foxes? What do they say?

"Hi, Yortuk. Hi, Georg. Sorry we're late."

But that's only American foxes.

90 posted on 04/28/2014 6:15:58 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: John O

Someday, Swiper is going to “go native” and bite Boots.


91 posted on 04/28/2014 6:19:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NonValueAdded

“Now are the fox ezzz!”


92 posted on 04/28/2014 6:20:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Dogs can hear other dogs barking miles away. Their hearing is phenomenal. My dog “talks” to other dogs at night. I just can’t hear the responses.


93 posted on 04/28/2014 6:30:56 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We like to get our dog howling when he starts barking at us. His barks are loud and go right through you. So we’ll start howling, and he’ll join in. Then he forgets what he was barking about.


94 posted on 04/28/2014 6:35:32 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The Dog - best early warning alarm system ever.


95 posted on 04/28/2014 6:39:44 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Chode

Holy Crap! They ARE COMMUNICATING!!! Why does my old lady bitch when I come home at 0330? Why does she scream when she sees a mouse (or a lion for that matter)? Why does my smoke alarm go off if it if its sensor detects smoke?


96 posted on 04/28/2014 6:46:50 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Safetgiver
ah yes, some of the many mysteries of life... will they study why they GROWL now???
97 posted on 04/28/2014 2:53:55 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

will they study why they GROWL now???..... Well it’s generally because I step on FIFi’s tail on the way to the bathroom. FiFi is about a 150 lbs of tail, so it’s hard to step around the big dummy.


98 posted on 04/28/2014 3:02:28 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Safetgiver
LOLOL!!! full blooded Tailhound i take it
99 posted on 04/28/2014 3:14:21 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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