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All dogs have a universal language: experts explain how to understand what your pet wants to say

Anna OnishchenkoLife
Experts explained how to understand what your pet wants to say

Perhaps each of us would not mind talking to our dog if we had the opportunity. However, not everyone knows that our pets actually have their own language that people can understand.

Dog language consists of a series of sounds, and their meaning is influenced by the behavior, circumstances, health of the animal, etc. Dog expert Harmony Diers told the Daily Mail about this in more detail.

Sometimes it's easy to understand what your dog is trying to say, for example, when he whines at the door because he wants to go for a walk. But sometimes the sounds your dog makes may not be so obvious.

According to the American Kennel Club, dogs have six basic types of vocalizations: barking, whining, growling, howling, sighing, and moaning. Some breeds may make other sounds, but these six are common to all.

Moaning

Context is very important in deciphering dog sounds because a dog can moan when it is lying comfortably, but sometimes it does so because it is frustrated.

Growling

This sound is also very context-dependent. A deep, guttural growl can even be frightening, especially if the dog is baring its teeth. This means that the animal is warning you that it might bite. It is likely to be scared or upset at this point.

All dogs have a universal language: experts explain how to understand what your pet wants to say

But if you're playing tug of war, growling can mean the dog is excited.

Sighing

Sighing or moaning can occur when your dog sits down to rest or is being petted. However, studies have also shown that these sounds can also be an indicator that the animal is stressed.

Barking

Barking can sound very different and mean many different things. Higher-pitched barking means excitement, while repetitive and monotonous barking means boredom. A sharp and intense bark may be your pet's way of warning you that he has seen something or heard a suspicious sound.

A short and quick bark directed at another person is a way of saying "stop."

If you hear your dog barking shrilly, perhaps even whining, something is probably bothering him, so you should contact your veterinarian.

All dogs have a universal language: experts explain how to understand what your pet wants to say

Whining

Dogs whine to express certain needs. They may whine to ask you to go outside and play with them. Whining is also a way of communicating hunger, unhappiness, pain, anxiety, or excitement.

Howling

Howling is a unique sound that dogs got from their wolf ancestors. It is a way for animals to communicate over a long distance.

Howling can be a reaction to external sounds, such as sirens, music, or other dogs barking. This sound can also be used when conquering territory or communicating with the pack.

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