What’s in a Bark?
Dogs bark. It’s a fact of life. Some bark more than others, some howl, some yip, some have a deep resounding bark. It’s one of the ways that dogs communicate with us.
Sally was probably what I would call an average barker. She’d let out a bark or two when someone knocked at the door but then that behavior would be replaced with excited tail wags and greetings. She also had different barks. A quick yip when she wanted our attention, a low rolling bark when she was sounding the alarm or a excited happy serenade when she was playing a rousing game of chase.
Tino didn’t bark much, he would bark at strange people or noises that came near his property and he also liked to howl at sirens or the ice cream truck. But overall he was kind of a quiet old soul.
Our most prolific barker was Becca. Becca barked a LOT. She would bark whenever someone came to the door of course, but she also liked to bark at the birds and rabbits in our yard…and we have a lot of birds and rabbits, so Becca barked a lot. When we got Jack after Tino passed, Jack picked up on Becca’s noisy barking and was quite a barker himself. Both Jack and Becca had those deep, deep barks. Jack still barks on occasion, but it’s very infrequent. Sometimes he’ll bark at the gardener in the yard if he happens to see him, but he’s pretty quiet.
Maggie has never barked. She has never made a sound since we adopted her four years ago. Nothing has sparked her to make a noise. Seems odd, but she’s kind of a quirky dog anyways.
If you pay attention, you’ll be able to discern by the tone, frequency and volume what message your dog is sending. I wanted to post some different dog barks to see if we could discern the different messages behind the barks, but you have to pay a licensing fee for any sound files, so instead I found this on YouTube. TWELVE HOURS of dog barking – just in case you don’t have enough at home.
How about your dog – do they have different barks and do you recognize them?