Know What Your Dog is Saying
Dogs are able to communicate with you, if you know what signs to look for in body language. Besides body language a dog can also communicate with their barking by changing the tone and durations of the barks.
1. Let's start off with the barks:
Continuous rapid barking at a mid range pitch "Call the Pack", there may be a potential problem.
Barking in rapid strings with a few pauses at a med range pitch They suspect that there may be an intruder near our territory, I think the pack leader should look into it.
Prolonged or incessant barking, with moderate to long intervals between each utterance Is there anybody there? I am lonely and need some companionship
One or two sharp short barks at a mid range pitch Hello there..
Single sharp short bark at a lower range pitch Stop that..
Single sharp short bark at a higher at a higher mid range pitch What's this? Huh? This is a strange or surprised sound. If this bark is repeated two or three times, it means "Come look at this".
Single yelp or very short high pitched bark I'm hurting, I am really scared
Stutter bark at mid range pitch Let's play and is used to initiate playing behavior
Rising bark, almost a yelp, though not quite that high Used during a rough and tough tumble play time, it means, "this is fun".
Even dogs can "talk" too much. There are several options for helping control the chatter. Exercise and playtime are great to tire a dog and stimulate their minds. Understanding your dog's bark and working together to communicate can remove the strain excessive barking may have put on your relationship.
2. Next is body language:
Signs of Anxiety
These signs indicate that your dog is uncomfortable with the current situation and there is a need for intervention to prevent pushing the dog to the point of biting and to make sure your canine friend is happy.
One paw raised is very cute to humans but the dog is not happy and does not want to be petted or bothered. The dog is definitely worried
This means that the dog wants to do something but it is suppressing the urge to do it and confusion set in. Signs of displacement behavior
Yawning when not tired
licking chops with out the presence of food or water
sudden biting or scratching it's own body parts
sudden sniffing the ground or other objects
a wet dog shake and the dog is not wet
Dogs are more overt when they feel anxious and here are some examples.