Barking is one of the ways dogs have to communicate and – as they do for different reasons – they have a varied collection of “wow.” But they don’t just bark. They also growl, groan, howl, cry, complain. And, if we leave the sound chapter, we can go into body language, which has its ears and tail as strengths. But when do these animals start making sounds?
Barking is for dogs
After two or three weeks of life, the puppies perform their first vocalizations: grunts and groans. They will do so right after starting to open their eyes and as a way to call their mother, looking for food and heat.
Around the seventh week, they start with tiny barks. However, these times will depend on the races. Some, more tugs, can be taken until the 16th week to manifest in this way.
The dogs, from an early age, bark for various reasons :
- To express excitement during the game.
- To indicate that they are hungry, or that they need to go out and do their needs.
- Because they yearn for their favorite toy.
If you have just adopted a puppy, you should know that they learn quickly that, by barking, they get your attention.
For this reason, the idea is that you start with the education of your dog from the first moment, emphasizing not to reward the barking that requires attention, since you would be reinforcing a bad habit.
As your pet grows, you will learn to identify its different types of barking. For example:
- When it detects a supposed threat (fear)
- To reject an intruder who approaches his territory (defense)
- When summoning another dog to play (social)
- As a form of threat to a competitor (dominant)
And, while barking varies by breed, smaller dogs tend to bark more.
How do dogs learn to bark?
Your puppy will use his peers as a source of inspiration. If you hear them barking, it is a number since you will do the same. If you pay attention, it is not uncommon that, when a dog begins to bark in the neighborhood, a choir soon forms with all its neighbors.
If there is an adult dog in your house, surely your puppy will use it as a source of inspiration and imitate his actions. And it is obvious that barking will not be the exception to the rule.
However, the thing does not end here if barking is about. It can respond to barking coming from a TV on or before the “wow, wow” with which humans can incite it. Barking can also be caused by sirens, car alarms and even high-pitched music.
While your puppy is socializing, it can bark at anything or an unknown person. As the animal gets used to the house and recognizes it as its territory, barking can be a warning to move strangers away or to signal that someone is approaching.
Remember that there is another drummer of sounds that your pet is also willing to use:
- The howl: It is a form of long-range communication for diverse circumstances. Although it is more associated with its relatives, the wolves, your puppy will not hesitate to use it.
- The growl: Will use it to scare, warn, as a form of defense or aggression or to show dominance. In this case, he will accompany you with a direct look or with the spine. But he can also bring it out while playing, accompanying him with movements of his tail to manifest joy.
- The groan: It is equivalent to a happy look of humans. You will hear it when you welcome dogs, people or other pets.
- Sob or whining: Appears when you show submission or frustration. But also when something hurts. Or, simply, when it wants to get your attention.
Before going crazy over the barking – and surrounding sounds – of your pet, remember that it is a normal behavior of dogs and that it performs diverse functions. And, what may seem an annoying noise to you, for your dog is a way to exchange information and communicate with your own and strangers. With patience and love, you will surely find a way of peaceful coexistence with your pet and its barking.