Is your dog a barker or no?

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  1. houndlove

    houndlove coonhound crazy

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    I'm lucky. Neither are really big barkers.

    Conrad is kind of a "talker", like the huskies. He makes the wookie noises and little "woo!" noises. He also is the watchdog, and will give one BIG bark/howl when someone comes to the door. Just one. I can live with that. Sometimes though he looses control if he's really startled and it just comes out as "BAH-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" and he gets this kind of surprised look on his face like, "Did that come out of me?" If we're in an unfamiliar place like a hotel, he growls and chuffs when he hears people until he can figure out what the heck is going on and that those sounds don't predict any axe-murderers entering our room.

    Marlowe, despite his breed, is not a big barker. When he does bark it is L-O-U-D but I can't even remember the last time he barked in the house when people were home. Outside while playing with Conrad, he can be kind of noisy. Their favorite game, for some reason because this does not sound fun to me at all, is for Conrad to grab something like a ball or a stick, and horde it while Marlowe barks in his ear. Whenever I try to get them involved in another game, or give Marlowe the object--he just gives it right back to Conrad so Conrad can horde it and Marlowe can bark in his ear. They are very weird dogs.

    Things change a little when no one is home or they are kenneled. Conrad goes completely silent (I think he gets a little catatonic because of his SA) and Marlowe's the barker. He'll stop soon enough, but he'll usually go for a few minutes after we leave unless it's our normal every-day routine that he's used to.
     
  2. Gempress

    Gempress Walks into Mordor

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    Neither of my dogs are big barkers. Voodoo barks to alert sometimes, but Zeus is my silent boy. He almost never barks.
     
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    It's funny- the only time she barks is when she's trying to play with a dog who doesn't want to play with her. And then she barks like mad!
     
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    I don't think my cavalier even knows how to bark. I've only heard him make a few half-heartened attempts while playing, but it doesn't quite sound like a bark. He sometimes 'talks' with me when he wants something, though.
     
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    I have a Sheltie, so he does bark. But with training, it's not as ridiculous as many seem to believe it is. I let him alert bark, but he stops when I say "enough". He also barks when he gets excited during play or agility, but I don't mind that. He's just expressing himself.
     
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    The Pekes bark when ever they see a stranger or something out of place in the yard, and at stray cats.

    Molly never barks unless she sees a stranger or a strange car pulls into the driveway.
     
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    My Husky/Shep talks all of the time. The typical husky Woo Woo, but rarely does she bark. My Saint, only barks if he is alerting me of something, other than that he has a whole language of snorts, sighs, and what we have dubbed his gorilla call, when he gets very exited his gorrila voice comes out. My beagle, well, he's a beagle who is going through adolesence right now, so when ever he wants something from us or one of the other dogs he starts to bay. We are working on correcting this behavior, but unfortunatley the other dogs reinforce him by letting him have whatever they have when he starts the obnoxious baying!
     
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    Meg is a Mountain Cur, and is not a big barker. I hear her probably 2 or 3 times a week max. Thankfully, because I have a pretty low tolerance for barking dogs and screaming horses;) .
     
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    Baron is almost always quiet unless there really is a reason to bark such as a stranger.

    Gimli is a doxie. He barks a lot, and its not a yappy bark, people have thought it was one of the GSDs barking when he barks. He also gets noise when he plays with Duke or Baron and cant catch them.

    There is a reason Duke has the nickname Wookiee. He's not super barky but if he's playing or sees something he's not sure on and wants to scare off. He does however have a good Chewbacca inpretion.
     
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    My crew is made up of mostly pit bulls and pit bull mixes, and all of them are rather noisy. If they don't bark, they whine. One of my females, Pixie, "screams" for attention (And it sounds just like a small child!)... Not my favorite sound in the whole world.

    I also have a bulldog mix who is de-barked (We adopted him like that, no worries). He "barks" at intruders, but not much else.
     
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    Bear doesn't bark except when someone/something comes in the yard. Other than that you don't even know he's here. Dixie on the other hand will bark and bark. She barks when she has to go out, when it's time to eat, when she wants you to pet her, when someone knocks at the door, if there's a bug on the window. She's a noisemaker.
     
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    OMG the woowoo at the very end sounded EXACTLY like my Kasha. I LOVE when she does that!
     
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    StevePax A guy with a dog

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    Leo is a chihuahua / shih-tzu mix. Believe it or not, he never makes a sound. He's pretty much totally silent. An occasional snort when playing rough with his toys, but that's about it. A bark from him startles everyone, because it's only happened 2 or 3 times since we got him.
     
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    Yes, they do. Though it varies with each of them.

    Kassie isn't a barker. In fact, when she was the only dog in the household, she barely barked. That is until Boomer arrived and thought her how too.

    Boomer is a barker. I don't give him a chance to bark too much when he's outside if I did I think he'd drive all the neighbors crazy.

    Tilly usually only barks when company arrives and that's out of nervousness. She'll bark outside once in a blue moon but will stop as soon as I tell her too.
     
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    I am not a real fan of barky dogs either. I trained charlie from a puppy
    so he knows the "quiet" command and usually listens to it. He only barks when we are outside sometimes and even then calms down completely when I tell him to.

    Shih tzu though do have a tendency to talk through their "nose".
    Its like a sneezing sniff that is hard to describe!
     
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    Didi......yikes. Yap, yap, yap. Esp. if its thundering. (rat terrOr)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYSW6eBuFJg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc5iTJ0QPF4 (princess does a woof woof on this one)

    Pepe is pretty quite, except when the girls are hoggin the kibble or he's blitzing. Oh & he barks at the neighbor's boxers too (bichon frise)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4jsamQwlQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzv2-XN_vXU ....pepe blitzing (with didi barking)

    Princess will bark at strangers at the door and men in our house, but when I took her to school she was very quite to my suprise, I guess its just a house thing? And she sounds like a large breed dog when she does bark too, but sometimes she goes arroooo aroooo after her big barks. (doxie)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AuCm4L-rLQ

    Honey when she's playing, but not really....but she howls if you howl though. (shih tzu)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDr1aE52ajs (with didi interrupting)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI1E5DWAjQg ...her puppy barks when she was younger

    Lucky only when he plays as well. (shih tzu)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlOlkj3z9Ys barking at didi (didi growling)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHwjPHP0rXM (didi yelping? i suppose in this one)
     
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    i know exactly what you mean. Dachshunds sound like big dogs when they bark, unlike my little Chihuahua mixes who have very loud, annoying, yippy barks.
     
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    Milo's a barker. and a screamer. and a whiner. and a groaner. (he's a JRT.) he's not really LOUD though. it doesn't bother me at all.

    My mom's wheaten is a barker. And it's piercing. Right through your ears into your brain making your head ring. and he does it FOR NO REASON. He's just lie on the floor and BARK. so annoying.
     
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    Wally is silent. He's a Greyhound.

    Teeny barks to let me know someone is at the door, to let me know that someone upstairs has dropped something, to let me know that the rabbit in the next room moved in her cage, to let me know that she's pissed off about something, to let me know that she's happy about something . . . I truly DESPISE a barking dog, and frankly didn't think that's what I'd be getting when I got an Alapaha since the ones I've known haven't been overly barky. Granted, she's nowhere near as barky as my friends Shelties and Corgis, but still I think it's excessive. The citronella bark collar comes in next week . . .
     
  20. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    I've only ever heard Bandit bark when a person comes up the driveway and he's outside peeing. He never does it any other time.

    Spanky will yapp at horses, bunnies, cats ect. Any random animal really. But overall he doesn't use his voice in the house.

    They're both Border Collies.
     

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