Beyond the Bark: Other Vocal Expressions:
Dogs use other forms of vocal expressions beyond just barking. These can include howling, whining, and growling.
Dogs usually howl when trying to communicate with other dogs or when they call out for help or company. Howling can also be done in response to hearing certain high-pitched sounds, like sirens or music.
Dogs whine for a number of reasons, including when they are hungry, thirsty, need to relieve themselves, when looking for attention or when they are excited.
Dogs most often growl when they are scared, threatened or in pain. Although, growling can sometimes occur during play, as well. Growling often occurs when a dog feels very uncomfortable and can be a warning signal. Dog owners should never reprimand a dog for growling but should instead remove whatever is causing the dog to be uncomfortable or nervous.
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