Why Do Dogs Bark?

While Ben has a beautiful daughter to take photos of, play with at the park, and watch grow up and head off to prom, I don’t. So, I’m getting a dog to do those things.

Since I have another 37 lbs to go, I’m taking the time to do a little research into what type of dog I might be interested in. I’m even learning a few things along the way, like the suggestion that humans may have a bit better of an understanding of the intent behind a dog’s bark than we thought:

Researchers played a collection of barks to a group of people. Regardless of whether they owned a dog or not, most people could tell from a bark whether a dog was alone or being approached by a stranger, playing or being aggressive.

It’s crazy to think that for all these years, dogs have been communicating to us knowing we would understand, even if we didn’t suspect it.

Originally posted for members on: February 11, 2013
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