One of the great things about your relationship with your dog is their ability to communicate with you. Just as we can form sentences and change the pitch of our voice to mean different things, your dog too can change her bark depending on what she's trying to tell you.
K9 Magazine recently described the Top 10 Barks and what they mean. You’ll find a summary below and if you would like to read the article you can do so at the following link : http://www.k9magazine.com/why-do-dogs-bark-10-dog-barks-translated/
1. Continuous rapid barking at a mid-range pitch:
“Call the pack! There is a potential problem! Someone is coming into our territory!”
2. Barking in rapid strings with a few pauses at a mid-range pitch:
“I suspect that there may be a problem or an intruder near our territory. I think that the leader of the pack should look into it.”
3. Prolonged or incessant barking, with moderate to long intervals between each utterance:
“Is there anybody there? I’m lonely and need companionship.”
May also possibly mean “I need a treat. Please give me a Bully Stick.”
4. One or two sharp short barks at a mid-range pitch:
May also be interpreted as “Hey. Hey you. How about giving me a Yak Chew?”
5. Single sharp short bark at a lower mid-range pitch:
6. Single sharp short bark at a higher mid-range:
“What’s this?” or “Huh?” This is a startled or surprised sound. If it's repeated two or three times, its meaning changes to, “Come look at this!” to alert the pack to a new event.
7. Single yelp or very short high-pitched bark:
“Ouch!” This is in response to a sudden, unexpected pain.
8. Series of yelps:
“I’m hurting!” “I’m really scared” This is in response to severe fear and pain.
9. Stutter-bark at a mid-range pitch:
If a dog’s bark were spelled “ruff,” the stutter-bark would be spelled “ar-ruff.” It means “Let’s play!” and is used to initiate playing behavior.
10. Rising bark – almost a yelp, though not quite that high:
Used during a rough-and-tough tumble play time, it means “This is fun!”
Can also sometimes mean “Awesome. Thanks for giving me those Beef Tendon Bites!”
Some dogs can bark too much. While there are several options for helping control your dog's chatter, exercise and lots of playtime will wear your dog out, and she will talk less as a result.
Which bark do you hear from your dog most often?