Types of Doggie Barks and How to Tell the Difference

Dogs are adorable creatures. They keep us company and I never feel the time pass by if I’m hanging out with them. One important aspect of owning or interacting with dogs is to be able to read them if they’re trying to communicate with you. Misreading their tells could be a huge mistake especially if they are trying to tell you something important, or maybe when interacting with a dog you do not own. So how to tell what they’re saying?
Happy bark. These are short barks that start low tone and end at a high tone. There is also a breaking of the voice which will tell you how excited they are, the more breaks, the more excited they are. Usually these are accompanied by a violent wagging of the tail and exposed tongue. This happens when the dog knows you and is happy to see you. Get ready for some play time. They are very safe to approach. This usually followed by…
Playful bark. This is very similar to the happy bark, but there is a little bit more force into the bark. You can sense the push in their bark asking you to play with them. This happens when your dog wants to play with you. Either fetch or just running around, depends on what they are used to play. Make sure you don’t disappoint them. They are very safe to approach.
Sad bark. Barking with a lot of the letter “O’s”, almost like howling mixed with actual howling. This happens when your dog is sad. Either hungry, lonely or just neglected. This is the type of bark that I hate the most to hear. If you hear your dog make this sound a lot, then you are a horrible, horrible person.
Panic bark. These are continuous barking almost mixed with whimpers. I own a beagle and the time he does this is if he has found a scent of either a cat or a mouse and he’s tracking it. Since they are pack dogs, they use this sound to tell their pack mates that they are on the trail. They are safe to approach but you best just stay out of their way because they won’t mind you at all since they’re busy tracking.
Warning bark. You won’t miss this. They make long growls with short barks. They make this when they sense that something is wrong and they do not wish to engage if possible. If they are on a leash, you can try to approach them in a non-aggressive manner and let them smell the back of your hand, if they like you then they’ll stop barking and show some sort of submissive behavior, else, get the heck away from there.
Angry bark. Continuous barks mixed with growls. You’ll notice that the hair on their back is standing. This is the dog telling you that it’s on! Approach at your own risk. They will not hesitate to attack if you get within their territory. Stay away.
That’s pretty much the different types of barks that I know of. This is based on my personal experiences and as always, if you are not sure, then do not approach a dog you don’t know. Stay safe!
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