Dogs bark.

It’s what they do. If yours doesn’t, you might want to check their pulse.

When the mailman arrives, if your dog barks, he is attempting to alert the family to an intruder.  If your dog whines when you first leave him alone, he is expressing concern or discontentment with your absence. But there is more about what a dog’s bark means, we could learn.  Decoding the significance of your dog’s barking boils down to three factors: frequency, duration, and pitch.

  1.  Frequency

The more your dog barks, the more urgently they’re currently attempting to communicate.  While the emotional source of a rapid bark might be panic or excitement, there is a fast woof-burst intended to get your attention quickly.

  1.  Pitch

A dog’s bark can be low-pitched or high-pitched.  While ones are meant to be threatening high-pitched barks are connected with a dog.  Since every dog has a voice, their pitch might not always be easy to read. A high-pitched Chihuahua bark, for example, will sound different from one.

  1.  Duration

No two woofs are created equal.  A quick”yip” type of bark is very likely to suggest your dog was startled or surprised whereas a longer, drawn-out bark or howl communicates other information. Just how long your dog barks for is also relevant.  While will typically stop barking after their job is done, A dog that barks frequently at a variety of stimuli may do so out of boredom or over-stimulation. The combination of duration, pitch, and frequency create several common kinds of barks with meanings.  Here is a guide to help clarify what your dog is trying to tell you.  barking dog


Alert Barking (Alarm Barking)

Alert or alarm barking tends to be the simplest type of bark.  The bark is the dog attempting to inform the family about the arrival of a stranger or some other, unexpected stimuli that are unfamiliar. The intensity can be heard by you.  It starts suddenly, starting with a fast high-pitched bark then continuing into rapid-fire woof woofing. Typically, the barking will stop after the stimuli is gone (i.e., the mailman walks away) or your dog has been assured that the stranger is no threat to them.

Demand Barking

The most annoying of all your dog’s barks, demand barking typically involves your dog barking and/or whining at you until you give them exactly what they need, be that attention, food or something. I hate to break it to you but you (or a relative or preceding guardian) are likely responsible for creating your barky little demand-monster.  I’m sure it began your puppy gave you eyes and the head cock and you gave them a corner of your toast. “Ah-ha,” your dog thought to himself,”if that worked, I bet that the human will move twice as fast when I whine or bark.”And to shut up your puppy, you did. But once demand barking begins, the only way to get rid of it is to NEVER GIVE IN.  If your dog barks or whines at you for food or attention, ignore them. Walk into another room and close the door if you have to. Finally, it will extinguish itself if your dog is not rewarded for their vocalization. But watch out! If you even occasionally give in, your dog will keep hope that their strategy works and the behavior will continue.

Compulsive Barking

A compulsive barker is a dog that barks at pretty much everything–sounds, people walking, birds, squirrels and the rest of the family.  There is probably a variety of emotional stuff going on under the surface of a compulsive barker. Fear, as an instance, is an origin of barking that is compulsive. But one surefire suspect is boredom.  If you think your dog could be bored, try raising their psychological and physical stimulation to both. Puzzle toys, training, sniffing games, walks, and playtime are essential to keeping a compulsive barker quiet.

Solitary Barking

Dogs who suffer from separation anxiety or isolation distress vocalize when left alone.  A common expression is a long string of barking — sometimes the time with regular, intentional pauses while these vocalizations can range from complaining to barking to howling.In this sort of bark, there is a dog calling out and asking for companionship.  For any response, they listen during the pauses. To help your dog overcome this sort of barking, check out our series.

Play Barking

While, you guessed it, at 16, A dog that play-barks is probably doing.  Barks that occur during play tend to be quick, loud woofs that slide out in excitement or to encourage tug, chase or another interaction either. In a group of dogs, occasionally one will take on the role of”referee” or”cheerleader,” barking at the other pups as they romp.  As many rapid strings of barks, the vocalization occurs in this case within and nearby the activity.


Why do so many dogs howl when they hear a fire engine or, high pitched noise that is loud?  Howling is a way for dogs to communicate significant information the noise carries and is continuing for more than a bark.  He is helping to spread the word that something is up, helping to direct a loved one home, or informing a stranger to steer clear of their territory when your puppy joins in a chorus of fire engine sirens. However, other things can be meant by a howl, too.  Howling sometimes results from despair or distress and a puppy that has been left may howl in an attempt to make contact with someone. Additionally, some dogs have been bred to howl when they have discovered something, like a hound that’s found a rabbit, for example.

Age-related Barking

As dog’s age, their cognitive capacity declines just as it does in humans. The level of dementia (canine cognitive dysfunction) experienced by most dogs will be relatively minor. Some dogs, though, will suffer in their golden years in much more obvious ways that may include pacing in circles, getting trapped in corners or behind furniture, withdrawing from the family and becoming increasingly confused.

Barking is also a common symptom of canine cognitive dysfunction but what it’s trying to communicate may not always be clear to your senior. They may bark for help if they become frightened, trapped or scared or may simply bark because they are disoriented.

Always check on a barking dog that is suffering from dementia to assure that they are safe. Soothe them and don’t scold them for barking. Remember, they are losing control of their actions and don’t mean to upset you.