Understanding your dog’s vocalizations is a key step in learning how to best train them. Communication is key in dog training, and knowing what your dog is trying to tell you is a big part of this. If you can’t understand what they are trying to convey, it will be hard for you to work with them. In this two-part blog series, we will go over some of the basic dog vocalizations and what they mean.


Barking is the most common way that dogs communicate, and there are a wide variety of different barks that you should learn to recognize. Knowing the differences in your dog’s barks can help you better understand what they are trying to convey, and this will lead to a happier time for the both of you. Your dog will bark when they are distressed, bored, fearful, and having fun. They will also bark to alert you, to alarm you, to get your attention, and to demand that you do something. It is up to you to learn the distinct barks that your dog uses, and understand how to respond. Our Mooresville dog training experts can help you with this.


Howling is often a call for attention. Certain dogs also howl if they hear a high pitched noise. Another common reason for howling is loneliness.

Barking and howling are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dog vocalizations. Stay tuned for our next blog, where we will look at whimpering, growling, and whining.