Dog Barking - Dog sounds and noises

Dog Barking - Dog sounds and noises


Sounds made by the dog:

The domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris of the Canidae family emits very characteristic sounds. The verse is commonly called bark. Below is the barking of an adult dog.

Listen to the dog's cry

Lowering of voice in dogs

When a lowering of voice in dogs , which often happens in the winter months and in the colder periods, or a form of aphonia and hoarseness, there is usually no need to worry. In any case, however, it is necessary to understand if others are to be excluded dog pathologies or whether it is a simple one laryngitis to dispel any doubts it is important to use one medical diagnosis by contacting your trusted veterinarian.

Dog education, sounds and vocalizations: how does the dog communicate?

Dogs bark, that's their nature, but they also make a wide range of other sounds

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Dogs bark, that's their nature, but they also make a wide range of other sounds.

The very first form of vocalization of dogs is the yelp. The puppies whine to attract the attention of the mother. In adult dogs, this insistent, rather high-pitched and annoying sound is also used to attract your attention. “Give me to eat!”, It means. "Take me out!". Or simply: "I'm here, look at me!". The yelp can also indicate that the dog is nervous, scared, or anxious.

When the yelp gradually gives way to the more painful sound of the whine, then it can be the signal of a more serious discomfort: dogs often moan when they suffer. Otherwise, the whine may simply be the dog's way of intensifying or increasing its way of whining, especially when it is accompanied by the gesture of lifting the paw. The dog tells us: "What do I have to do to get your attention?".

A sudden groan is a scream of pain. If you accidentally step on a dog's paw or tail, then he will groan to let you know that you have hurt him.

I growl
It is the sound that acts as an alarm bell for the dog, but also plays an important role in the way puppies play. A simulated fight is how puppies test the ground, understand how far they can go and how strong they are, and grunting is often part of the game. Older dogs, when playing with each other, regress to this puppy behavior and may grunt at each other without wanting to communicate aggression. Your dog, when he plays with you, for example when you play "push and pull", may, even in this case, emit a trembling growl. It doesn't mean it's going to bite you, it's just part of the fake fight you're playing. When a growl is deep and sustained, and is accompanied by a tense body, then it is a clear warning to stay away: it is the signal of an impending attack. The dog may be feeling threatened or attacked and is giving you or another dog a chance to avoid further problems before it's too late.

Growl showing his teeth
"You didn't hear me, did you?": When the warning expressed with the growl is neglected, the vocalization intensifies. The growl increases the level of intensity and begins to vibrate a little, becoming less sustained. The dog lifts its lips and shows its teeth: then it means that the aggressive attack is imminent.

Many people interpret the sustained and sad tone of the howl as a sound that indicates impatience. While it is true that dogs, if left alone for too long, often howl "where are you, my human pack?", The howling does not necessarily mean that the dog is unhappy. The howling is the loudest sound a dog is able to emit and can be heard over large distances. In nature it is used to signal the presence of a dog to other members of the pack or to ward off predators. Some dogs, especially dachshunds, are more predisposed to howling than others. Dogs also howl in response to another dog's barking or howling. And of course we all know that some dogs love to howl at the piano sound regardless of how good the pianist is.

Slurred speech
This is the first time you have heard this term, but if you have a dog, you will probably recognize the sound of mumbling when you hear it. It is a kind of sucking, a noise related to chewing that the dog emits, almost as if it were a horse chewing loudly or as if it were licking its whiskers, only that it makes this noise when it is not eating. It is a sound with a calming effect. Some dogs "mumble" when they party to humans or other dogs, others do it to show they are not a threat.

Many dogs emit a deep, throaty, rumbling moan when they are stroked. This sound indicates joy and pleasure.

Barking plays an important role in the way dogs communicate. Depending on the context, this sound acquires multiple meanings. The barking can be used to sound an alarm or a warning, it can be a request for attention or simply indicates that the dog is excited. Dogs bark to signal their presence to other dogs who may not be able to see them, for example, that little dog on the other side of the fence. Dogs also bark in response to other dogs who do or to mark their territory. And, of course, they bark when bored and isolated. While excessive barking can indicate a problem, it is very important for dogs to be able to bark from time to time. It is wrong to expect a dog to spend his life in silence. When they are very young, puppies do not bark. Times change depending on the dog, but usually a puppy starts barking from the age of two months. Some breeds also bark more than others. The Maltese are quite vocal and so are the Shetland collies. Dachshunds are also quite predisposed to barking and for good reason: originally, in fact, this breed was bred to follow badgers in holes in the ground, barking when they found them, so that hunters could accurately identify their position (the name of the breed, dachshund, in fact means "badger dog" in German).

Dog educator Luca Suman

- Can ultrasound harm humans?

If you are afraid that ultrasounds may in some way harm you or those around you do not fear: in the modalities and intensities used by the anti-animal devices or by those designed to train dogs or to avoid the annoying noises produced by them, the ultrasounds do not cause any damage to human health.

In some very rare cases the frequencies between 18 and 25 KHz, or those used to chase away dogs, cats and large mammals, could also cause disturbance, but never harm in any way, the most sensitive people.

However, these are not only really rare cases, but considering that the emitters are generally positioned at ground level and their frequencies are characterized by a strong directionality, this prevents a significant dispersion outside the desired areas and cancels the possibility of annoyances on the part of man.

On alert!

Explaining why dogs are afraid of sneezing is a bit like explaining why the dog barks when the doorbell rings. The four legs are undoubtedly capable of distinctly perceiving the various degrees of a sound and they are even adept at distinguishing the change in tone of voice.

For example, they know if a scream it is joy or fear, if the voice takes on an angry tone or it snap a kiss and therefore also of a sneeze.

However, there is a reason why a dog reacts to sneezing in this way, which is linked to its wild origins. The highest pitched sounds in nature are used to signal a dangerous situation for the herd or for example to indicate the search for a missing member.

The sound travels over long distances and is therefore used to attract the attention of the missing dogs who intercept it and can thus find the pack. This is why high-pitched sounds come used in training to attract the dog's attention.

Screech-like sounds can also be mistaken for sounds emitted by prey.

Separation anxiety

Lots of dogs they live the distance really badly of your owner. Nothing serious if we consider that for them the owner is a point of reference, the one elected as "pack leader" in the family.

Therefore it is natural that when this point of reference is missing in the house they feel a bit lost and express this discomfort by barking and howling.

When this behavior is brought to excess, however, trouble begins. On the one hand for us who risk complaints e complaints from neighbors annoyed by this perennial noise, but on the other by our Fido who begins to feel bad.

The sense of loneliness can turn into something pathological and lead to real separation anxiety with various consequences on the mental and physical health of the dog.

Generally theseparation anxiety tends to manifest itself in dogs that have a particular experience, whose perception of the world and of people is influenced by traumas such as abandonment or abuse.

Here then we must understand how to behave in a similar situation, when the dog that howls does so for reasons related to a real behavioral disorder.

After all, we cannot stay at home all day among the many commitments that affect our life. The dog must get used to to experience our distance as something normal.

The ideal in these cases is to contact a dog behaviorist and follow all his instructions to solve the problem and make Fido's life easier, but also ours.

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