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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? What?")|
|A light, high-pitched bark: an invitation to interact or play. ("Come play with
|A low moaning-type bark: signifies anxiety. ("Who's out there?")|
|Short, high-pitched yips: excitement, eagerness, friendliness, or curiosity. ("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 yard!")|
|A low, whining growl: shows worry or fear. ("Please don't come any closer!")|
|Soft, low growling: a play signal. ("I've got the ball. See if you can take
|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 huskies.|
|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
|A long whine, rising in pitch: indicates anxiety or fear. ("I'm scared!")|
|A low whine: serves as an alert. ("Listen, something's out there!")|
|A short, worried whine: can take place during flight. ("Leave me alone, leave me
|Low, worried whining: indicates submission or subordinate rank. ("Don't hurt me. I
|Short, eager whines: curiosity, excitement, or an invitation to play. ("Come on! I
|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 hurts!")|