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What is your dog saying? 10 Interpretations of the most common barks
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All dogs have different interpretations of their barks. Understanding what your dog's bark means is a whole different ball game. Here are 10 different human interpretations of what your dog is telling you. The next time your dog barks, consider it a conversation instead of just an annoying noise.

1. " Calling the Pack - Someone is entering our territory" When a stranger comes to the door, or just on the property, your dog's bark will be rapid and at a midrange pitch. This is a basic alarm bark. Your dog will be aroused but not anxious.

2. " I think you need to come and take a closer look - do you see what I see?" You will hear a rapid string of 3 or 4 barks with a pause in between. This is more of your dog suggesting more interest than alarm.

3. "Get ready to defend - danger is close at hand" This will be a continuous bark and be a bit slower and of a lower pitch. Your dog is more worried and senses an imminent threat.

4. "Hello? Is anyone there - I"m all alone" When your dog is by itself and needs to be with the pack, you will hear a long string of barks with pauses between each. This is the number one problem I get called about. Remember, your dog is a pack animal and you are your dogs' pack.

5. "Hey, how are you doing? I see you" You will hear this in a typical greeting when a familiar person arrives and will be one or two sharp short barks.

6. "Stop that - You better back off" When your dog gets annoyed for example, getting disturbed from sleep or getting his hair pulled. This bark will be a lower ranged, single, loud and sharp but short bark.

7. "What's this - Wow - Huh?" When your dog is being surprised or startled. You will hear a higher pitched loud, sharp short bark.

8. "Come here!" This is often a learned communication due to a single human response. Getting a treat out, opening a door, hearing the can opener or dog food bag. This once again is a single bark. This bark is more deliberate in delivery and not as sharp or short as the previous two. This bark may sound artificial or a bit forced.

9. "C'mon let's play" This will be the typical strutter bark. The arrr-rufff type of bark. This is usually given with in the typical "play bow".

10. "This is fun - let's go" This is an excitement bark during play or in anticipation of play such as playing ball. This bark will be the typical rising bark.

These are your dog's most common barks. The next time your dog has something to say, listen to what he's saying. By being able to decifer your dog's words, this will not only strengthen your bond with your dog, but also help establish your leadership in the pack.
 
Destrie Iverson
is a master dog trainer and dog behaviorist. Like Cesar Millan, she has saved many dogs from the brink of death by bridging the communication gap between owner and pet. If you have a problem with your dog you can visit her new and upcoming website at http://www.destriesdogs.com

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