Why do dogs bark?

You may ask - what else dogs will do other than bark! They do so, as they have something to 'say'. If you are in a situation to talk something and cannot talk you may also do the same. When human beings are afflicted with rabies, they can't talk in the last phase because their vocal cords are paralysed. In such conditions, they make noise similar to barking and people will say the person with rabies will die in the end 'barking' like a dog. For persons who are not familiar with dogs, their barking is merely a noise. But they 'communicate' a lot by barking.

Ethologists (people who study animal behaviour) call it as vocalization. “The milk man has come to deliver the milk packet”. “A new car has come to our gate”. “A beggar is at our gate”; so on and so forth. Very often, those who care their dogs will notice that if they have not pampered their dogs after they are back home, he may be 'telling you' that “Hey! You have now reached home for a while and has not yet looked at me”.

Barking is the loudest way by which dogs communicate to us. They may be warning us about danger. Many are familiar with dogs barking to warn us when they see a snake. They may also bark when they are in need of us. There are instances where dogs bark when someone fall into well and such examples are many. Dogs also bark when they are excited, at times even for the fun of it! You may yell “bark” at them and this sometimes make them more excited. He may think that “hey, my master is barking at me or with me and we can have good conversation”. He may consider us as someone who is happy and want to celebrate even.

However, there are some dogs that do not bark like our domestic dogs. They are the Australian wild dog and Indian wild dog. They just yelp. Other members of the canine family, like coyote, also do not bark.

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