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Dogs can't talk so they have their own way of communicating: Barks, Growls,
Howls, and Whines.
|A loud, repeated bark, sometimes accompanied by a growl or snarl: conveys
aggression or dominance. ("Get away or I'll bite you!")|
|Sharp, short barks: alert to intruders or danger ("What? What?
|A light, high-pitched bark: an invitation to interact or play. ("Come
play with me!")|
|A low moaning-type bark: signifies anxiety. ("Who's out there?")|
|Short, high-pitched yips: excitement, eagerness, friendliness, or
curiosity. ("Hi! Hi! Hi!")|
|A deep, low growl emanating from the chest and progressing to a snarl:
conveys aggression ("I'm warning you!")|
|A low, assertive growl: indicates dominance. ("Get out of my
|A low, whining growl: shows worry or fear. ("Please don't come any
|Soft, low growling: a play signal. ("I've got the ball. See if you
can take it!")|
|A long, sustained rising howl: usually conveys fear or anxiety, as with a
dog left alone. ("Where are you? Come back!")|
|A short, happy howl: indicates an emotional greeting. ("Wow! It's
great to see you!") This howl is common with northern breeds such as
|A "bay": the howl of a hound at chase ("We've spotted the
fox!"); a victorious howl ("Come on! We've found it!").|
|A sustained howl in unison with the sound of a siren ("Must be
something to wail about.") or a musical instrument or a choral pack
response. ("For we are jolly good fellows!")|
|A long whine, rising in pitch: indicates anxiety or fear. ("I'm
|A low whine: serves as an alert. ("Listen, something's out
|A short, worried whine: can take place during flight. ("Leave me
alone, leave me alone!")|
|Low, worried whining: indicates submission or subordinate rank.
("Don't hurt me. I surrender.")|
|Short, eager whines: curiosity, excitement, or an invitation to play.
("Come on! I can't wait!")|
|A screaming whine: used when a dog is being beaten by a dominant dog.
("Please! I can't take any more!")|
|A loud, screaming whine: indicates pain or injury. ("Stop! It
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