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What Do Barks, Whines & Yips Mean?
Test your dogspeak skills with this fun game
Can you correctly identify these dog barks?

You'd think dog owners would ace this test: can you correctly identify all six dog barks? According to the study, even people who don't have dogs could interpret dogspeak for stranger alert and on the attack. But many dog owners (myself included) had a tougher time differentiating between barks for "let's go for a walk" and "give me that ball." How did you fare? Does your dog's communication correlate with the barks demonstrated here?


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by Susan | October 10 2011 |

5 out of 6 and I have three barking dogs in the room now.

Submitted by Anonymous | October 10 2011 |

Those are all small dog barks. Can we do it again with big dog barks?

Submitted by the DIY dog | October 11 2011 |

But different dogs have different barks! You have to know your individual dog(s).

Submitted by Charlotte | November 3 2011 |

My Bischon Frise seems to whimper when she is happy and sad! Its very confusing!

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