Part of the reason why we humans get into a fight is because we sometimes misinterpret or misunderstand each other. This underscores the importance of accurate and clear communication and of understanding what one is trying to say so we don’t misconstrue it. And same is true when we deal with our beloved pooches. We need to know what they’re trying to say. In other words, how do we translate their language?
Let’s find out.
Understanding Doggie Language
If you’re wondering what in the world is your furry friend trying to communicate, check the list below so you know exactly how to translate it.
- Barking at the mailman, despite being familiar with him – If you’re wondering why your dog keeps yapping even though he knows the mailman, it’s because he believes he’s showing his dominance over the mailman when he leaves every time he barks at him.
- Barking continuously at a rapid pace and at mid-range pitch – Dogs are by nature pack animals. This barking is him saying, ‘ Get the pack! There’s a stranger in our territory.’
- Prolonged or continuous barking with medium to long intervals in between – This could mean he’s lonely and is looking for companionship.
- Series of high-pitched barks – This requires urgent attention. He could be in severe fear or pain when he does this. Yup, yelp means ‘help!’
- Rising bark – Which almost sounds like a yelp, although not too high a pitch. You can relax here. He’s just simply having fun.
- Single sharp bark with a lower mid-range pitch – What does this mean? He’s telling you or someone to stop doing something that’s probably annoying him or making him uncomfortable.
- Whining – There are a few number of reasons why dogs whine. It could be because he’s cold, hungry, or he’s simply feeling lonely.
- Barking in rapid succession with only a few pauses – If he does this at a mid-range pitch, he’s again sensing danger or encroachment into his territory and is asking for the pack leader to deal with it.
- Yawning – This doesn’t require any explanation. Of course, this means he wants to go to dreamland (yes, dogs do dream). However, aside from being a sign that he’s tired or sleepy, yawning can also mean he’s stressed.
- Stutter-barking – If your Fido barks in a stuttered way at a mid-range pitch, it means he’s in the mood to have some playtime and is therefore his way of initiating playing.
Certainly, you don’t just stop at knowing what he’s trying to say. You also need to know what to do and how to respond to his language. As a responsible and caring dog owner, you also need to know how to train him when he starts to bark excessively.
If the barking gets out of hand and is beginning to cause trouble or annoyance, one of the safest and most humane ways to put a stop to it is by using a bark-control collar like the Petking Anti-Bark Collar. This type of bark collar doesn’t use irritating sprays, electroshock or anything that can cause him pain or anxiety. It simply uses progressive sounds and vibrations to teach your best buddy that his barking is not OK.
Learning your dog’s language means you love and care for him. If you know what he’s trying to tell you and you know how to respond to what he’s communicating, you’ll have a happier and more content dog.