Ask A Vet: How do dogs bark?

Ask A Vet: How do dogs bark?

Barking is a sound produced mainly by dogs. Some other animals also make this noise include foxes, coyotes, wolves, and even seals. 

The Larynx:

Your doggo uses his larynx to make different sounds, just like you do! These sounds most commonly include barking. A dog's larynx is a small section of the airway between its throat and the trachea (or windpipe) enclosed on each side by the cartilage controlled by the attached muscles. 

When your dog breathes in, the muscles contract and pull the cartilage out of the way to let air through, and when your dog breathes out, the muscles relax, and the same cartilages close off the airway. 

Normal Behavior:

Barking is very ordinary behavior for dogs – since they can't speak to us, and this is how they can communicate. Barking is one of the various forms of oral communication for dogs. 

Why do dogs bark?

Dogs may bark when expressing emotion, being territorial, calling out to other dogs, or when trying to grab your attention. From rustling leaves, the ringing of a doorbell, or a banging window to lightning or thunder, any noise can encourage a barking response from dogs.

Your dog's barks are not necessarily words, but you may have noticed that your pup probably barks a little distinctly depending on what got him so excited. If you listen to your puppy closely, there is a chance that you can hear the difference between a bark directed toward a friend at the door and one run at a stranger. For example, your dog will bark differently at a passing car than at a passing dog.

Common reasons for barking:

Alarm Barking:

If your pup barks at every sight and noise, he's possibly alarmed barking regardless of what the thing is. Dogs that do so usually have a stiffer body language than those dogs who bark to greet, and they often move around or pounce forward a couple of inches with every bark.

Attention-Seeking Barking: 

Some dogs bark at other animals or people to gain rewards or attention, like toys, food, or playmates.

Greeting Barking: 

Your dog may be barking in greeting if it barks when it sees other dogs or people. Such dogs might also whine or wag their tails.

Territorial Barking: 

Your dog might bark in response to other dogs, other animals, or people approaching or within its territories. Your pup's territory usually includes the area around his home, the route you take during walks, your car, and other places where he goes with you or spends a lot of time.

Socially Facilitated Barking: 

Your dog may also sometimes bark when they hear the other dogs barking. Dogs will bark in the context of hearing other dogs, even if they're at a distance.

Frustration-Induced Barking: 

Some dogs bark a lot when they're placed in an exasperating situation.

Your dog doesn't understand a lot of what you say, but he tries hard to make sense of the human language. If you return also listen hard to his barks and sounds, you can also understand him better, and you will have a happier life together.

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