Skip to comments.Why Do Dogs Bark? It's Still Mostly a Mystery.
Posted on 04/24/2014 4:35:17 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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Gary Larson did a study of the different types of dog bark. He discovered that they all mean, “Hey!”
talking about dogs here.
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.
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.
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...
“Hi, Yortuk. Hi, Georg. Sorry we’re late.”
Dude, send me a new keyboard, LOL!
Hmmm . . . it does make sense.
I was hoping someone would catch that SNL reference :)
Haven’t you ever seen Dora?
The fox says “Awwwwww Mannnnnn”
"Hi, Yortuk. Hi, Georg. Sorry we're late."
But that's only American foxes.
Someday, Swiper is going to “go native” and bite Boots.
“Now are the fox ezzz!”
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.
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.
The Dog - best early warning alarm system ever.
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?
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.
The neighbour cat tortures my two girls. The cat will walk along the top of the fence, or sit outside of the closed gate, while the dogs go nuts! There is also a neighbourhood squirrel that does the same thing.
Whenever there is a siren or sirens (my neighbourhood it happens a lot!) and the girls are outside, they both start howling. The moment I open the door,dead silence. If they are inside and hear sirens, they ignore the sirens.
Funny thing, I live close by a glidepath to YYC and sometimes at night, one of the girls ‘warns me’ of an incoming aircraft by growling at it. Of course, ANY movement outside results in my girls exploding in barking. A rough neighbourhood, but I never worry if I forget to lock the doors when I leave.