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If We Knew What They Were Saying, Their Barking Wouldn’t Be So Irritating

If We Knew What They Were Saying, Their Barking Wouldn’t Be So Irritating

In her excellent book, Barking: The Sound of a Language (Dogwise Publishing), Norwegian trainer Turid Rugaas points out that people often think dogs bark as an act of aggression or to prove their dominance, or simply to annoy people. But while barking most certainly can get on people’s nerves, dogs don’t bark to “strut their stuff” or exhibit swagger. Like us, they vocalize to express something — a warning, an emotion, a desire, happiness even.

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