How to know what your dog is trying to tell you


Last Updated on November 23, 2020

Dogs are absolutely amazing. They keep us company, give us unconditional love, and grant us wonderful bonding moments and memories that we end up cherishing forever. We basically grow up and learn a lot thanks to them. But wouldn’t it be great if you and your dog spoke the same language? Interestingly enough, people who have been living with their dog for the longest time can easily decode their dog’s intentions through his behavior and barking. And the opposite is also true. Over time, the relationship between pet and owner develops in such a way that communication seems to be perfectly possible – and it kinda is. Dogs are vocal animals. They bark very frequently, and you can clearly distinguish differences in the frequency, pitch, and duration of their barks. Obviously, different types of dog barks mean different things. If you are an inexperienced dog owner and you are still trying to know your puppy, here’s what you need to know to understand his bark. Frequency: the frequency with which a dog emits a barking sound is usually related to urgency and excitement. This means that if a dog barks repeatedly and continuously, they see the situation as urgent. On the other hand, if the barks are spaced out, it probably isn’t anything that the dog considers important. Pitch: higher-pitched sounds are usually related to non-threatening situations. So, if your dog is making high-pitched barking noises, you probably have nothing to worry about. On the other hand, lower-pitched sounds are a sign of aggressiveness – therefore, the dog is probably feeling threatened and is fearful of the situation he is dealing with. Duration: when a dog’s bark is long, it usually is a sign that he is making his intentions known. The dog probably will act aggressively if he perceives that the situation he is facing might put him in danger. Keep reading to learn what different types of dog barks mean.

1. Compulsive barking

Compulsive barking in dogs is one of the most common types of barks. It can be triggered by almost anything. From a stranger passing by to a flock of birds flying close to the ground, or the sound of a siren, for example. Dogs often bark compulsively out of boredom. That’s right. So, when you hear your dog barking this way, it is probably a good idea to throw him a little dog toy so he can play or to take him for a walk. In some cases, dogs may bark this way because they are anxious about something.