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Do You Talk Dog?

I’m sure you’ve seen those amusing video compilations on Amazon where dogs are filmed apparently talking. Usually the owners hear what they want to hear as in “I want my Mama!”

Well instead of pretending dogs can talk ‘human’ why not try to learn to speak ‘dog’?

Once you learn about all the different sounds dogs make you begin to realise how large their vocabulary actually is – sounds varying in pitch and length conveying dozens of messages to you, other humans and other dogs.

Dog’s don’t just bark, growl, whine, yip, bay or howl. They do so at different pitches – high, low and medium – signifying different meanings. Also the pause between each sound is relevant too as is the combination of, say, a bark with a howl.

For example a dog’s low pitched growl, which seems to come from the chest region is meant to convey the impression that he is a larger animal ( bigger animals make lower sounds purely because of the size of their voice boxes/throat/larynx ( think Barry White as opposed to Michael Jackson) so a deep growl means, “Back off! I’m big and dangerous and ready to fight!”

On the other hand a low pitched growl followed by a high pitched bark is a signal from a less confident dog confronting a stranger, “I’m ready to fight but might need some help!” – in other words it’s a message to the rest of the pack, i.e. you, that he expects back up.

Howling, depending on the circumstances, pitch and accompanying yips or barks can convey messages such as:

  • I live here, this is my territory
  • Is there anybody there?
  • I’m over here
  • I’m lonely
  • (In chorus with other dogs) Let’s jam!

While whines, squeaks and whimpering can seem to be self explanatory to the human ear as expressing fear or submission a moan type whine often means the dog is excited or impatient. While a yawning whiny noise is often given in the expectation of “something cool might happen soon!”

Since dog talk is aimed at vocalising a dogs needs, a way to avoid conflict or to attract support or as an expression of joy it can be fun not only learning to interpret their language and imitating it to bond with them ( ever heard a dog howl when its owner started to sing?)


Related Product:

How To Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication

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