In our last blog, we talked about a couple of common dog vocalizations: barking and howling. Understanding the differences in your dog’s vocalizations is a great base to build your training off of. If you are looking for a great dog training program in Mooresville, give us a call today. Here, we will look at three more vocalizations and what they likely mean:

Whimpering

Whimpering usually occurs for one of two reasons: pain, or excitement. A dog who whimpers in excitement will often jump, lick, and bark while they are whimpering. If your dog is whimpering in pain they are usually doing so to alert you for help.

Growling

Dogs growl for a few reasons. Understanding the difference between these reasons is very important because depending on the situation, a growl can convey extremely different messages.

Aggressive

A growling dog can definitely be a sign that some form of aggression is about to occur. Dogs use growling as a warning mechanism that whatever is happening is putting them on the defensive.

Playful

The other most common time that a dog will growl is while playing. This can be very confusing, which is why it is essential that you learn the difference between your dog’s playful growl, and their aggressive growl. Keep an eye on their body language for other indicators. If you are unsure, stop playing and let them calm down before continuing.

Whining

Dog’s usually whine to convey that they need something or are frustrated in some way. It can be a sign that they need to be let out, or it can simply mean they want some attention.

Hopefully these last two blogs have given you some insight into the many different noises your dog makes. If you need help communicating with your dog, give us a call today.