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Sounds And What They Mean
whimpering: "I hurt!" "I'm scared." The average person is most likely
to hear this at the veterinarian's office, when the dog is suffering,
or when a submissive dog is in a strange place that appears
threatening. This is really a carryover of the mewing sound that young
puppies make when cold, hungry, or distressed.
Louder, more prolonged whining sound: "Please give me . . ." or "I want
..." A dog usually uses this sound when waiting for food, or for the
leash to be put on, or when trying to get his owner's attention, and so
Sighs: This vocalization, which is invariably accompanied by the dog's
lying down with his head on his forepaws, can have two meanings,
depending on the context and certain facial expressions. With eyes
half-closed, it is a sign of pleasure, meaning "I am content and am
going to settle down here." With eyes fully open, it is a sign of
disappointment when something anticipated has not materialized, best
interpreted as "I give up!"
Baying: This is the characteristic sound of hounds during a hunt. It is
usually interpreted as "Follow me!" "Let us get him!" or "All together
Yip-howl: This is really more of a yip-yip-yip-howl, with the final
howl quite prolonged. It usually means "I am lonely" "I feel
abandoned!" or "Is anybody there?"
Howling: "I am here!" "This is my territory!" or "I hear you out
there!" A confident animal will often howl simply to announce his
presence. Howling also often occurs in response to a yip-howl from
another dog. It has a more sonorous sound to the human ear than does
the yip-howl, which is often described as mournful.
Moaning: This sounds something like "ar-owl-wowl-wowl . . ." over a
short interval of time. It is a sound of spontaneous pleasure and
excitement that means "I am excited!" or "Let us play!" A dog usually
moans when something he really likes is about to happen.
Panting: "Let us go!" This is a sign of excitement.
Dogs can also learn specific vocalizations. For instance, the bark that
dogs give to the command speak sounds qualitatively different from a
spontaneous bark. The same can be said for the bark that police and
protection dogs learn to give. Some dogs can even be taught specific
sounds for specific settings, ranging from simple barks, moans, or
play-growls to more complex sounds that may sound like yodels or
attempts at speech.
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