I really interesting in the interpreting Dog’s barking sounds in the movie we watched in class. A staff recorded dogs barking sounds and played to the owners who raised their dogs for a long time. They know what dog wants or doing just listening without visual.

I found a good article about interpreting dog’s barking sounds. 

10 Translated Barks: Know what your dog is saying

By Natalie Lester, PetSafe Brand Marketing Specialist


One of the main differences between a dog and a stuffed animal is your dog’s ability to communicate with you. Just as we can form sentences and change the pitch of our voice to mean different things, so can a dog change her bark depending on what she is trying to tell you. K9 Magazine recently described the Top 10 Barks and what they mean. I edited the list to make for easy reading, but if you’re really curious you can read the magazine’s whole posthere.

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.”

4. One or two sharp short barks at a mid-range pitch: “Hello there!”

5. Single sharp short bark at a lower mid-range pitch: “Stop that!”

6. Single sharp short bark at a higher mid-range: “What’s this?” or “Huh?” This is a startled or surprised sound. If it is repeated two or three times its meaning changes to “Come look at this!” alerting the pack to a novel 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.

Frenchy loves to play so Natalie often hears the ar-ruff (bark #9) from her. What is the most common bark you hear from your pet?

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!”

Even dogs can “talk” too much. There are several options for helping control her chatter. Exercise and lots of playtime will wear her out and she will talk less as a result. If she continues to talk to you in the wee hours of the night or morning, bark control collars are another great way to deter barking. By monitoring your dog’s bark, these collars automatically let her know when she needs to be quiet. Offered in spraystaticultrasonic andvibration correction it’s possible to train your dog not to bark, no matter how stubborn she is!

Understanding your dog’s bark and working together to communicate can remove the strain excessive barking may have put on your relationship.




  1. Very interesting post! I love learning new languages, and it’s fun to realize that understanding how an animal communicates is basically the same thing as translating foreign words. It’s great that humans and dogs can speak to and understand each other on a certain level, one much higher than we would find with most other animals. Yet more proof that dogs really are a man’s best friend!

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  3. I really enjoyed this post! I mean I suppose I could guess some of the meaning behind these (like short yelps meaning unexpected pain, and a series of yelps meaning fear or prolonged pain), but I was completely unaware of the rest of these patterns. I have a Yorkshire terrier and she incessantly barks whenever any of my family looks like they are leaving the house. Now, with information from your article, I suppose this is her communicating that she is lonely and is seeking companionship, which totally makes sense. I’ll have to keep this bookmarked for future reference. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for posting this. I have Shiba Inu who was sold to me on the basis that he was “a barkless dog”. He doesn’t bark very often, but he does still bark. Although I’ve only heard one that’s listed here: number two.

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