Puppy Noises

Puppy Noises

Puppies have a “voice” just like you and me. It’s the noises they make!

When your puppy “talks”, you can learn to understand what it’s saying. You can look after your puppy better and be more attentive to its needs.

A puppy bark is a sound we’re all too familiar with. Most of them are high pitched—not my favorite.

Some of us may find it annoying, but it’s the most important noise of all. A puppy’s bark tells you three things.

–          He barks to make you alert.

–          Puppies that are house trained bark to get the attention of their owner.

–          When your puppy is waiting at the door barking at you, open the door. It’s a sign it needs to go outside to investigate something.

A puppy that is slightly older barks to signal you that someone is outside your home. Our puppies are loyal and will keep barking at the stranger—or friend—until you assure them that everything is fine.

You may have noticed puppies bark when they play. It’s a way of displaying excitement. When your puppy gets older, nature kicks in. He may learn that barking is also a sign of defense. If trained well he’ll learn to only get defensive when protecting you, and not when you take his toy away.

If you hear your puppy bark for no reason and at nobody, chances are he’s bored and needs some stimulation. Play a game of hide & seek with a treat, or take your puppy for a walk.

Most of us heard our puppies howl the first night we took them home. Howls are your puppy’s cries of emotion and/or loneliness. It’s also a sound announcing its location to its mother or missing pack.

When you make your puppy sleep in another room, it’ll howl. Its cry of loneliness is enough for you to let him sleep in your bed. Don’t give in too easily though, because your puppy can trick you into letting it sleep in your bed every night.

Your howling dog will attract the sounds of other howlers. Prepare for a puppy and dog symphony in your area if howlers abound.

Whining, Whimpering and Yelping
You need to look at the type of puppy sound to determine what your puppy is telling you.

If your puppy whimpers while trying to get away from you, it’s a sign of fear. You may find this when you reprimand it or when it’s reprimanded by another dog—or in my case, a very feisty cat.

If your puppy whines or yelps repeatedly, he has somehow hurt himself. If these noises persist seek medical help immediately, as the injury is likely to be serious.

Whine, whimpers and yelps are also used as solicitations. It’s a call for attention, food or potty.

Growls are warning signs. They mostly occur in mature dogs who are dominant or fearful. But a growl in a young puppy is nothing more than a sign of curiosity, playfulness and discovery.

If growling turns aggressive, correct the behavior by rewarding gently, happy play. Show your puppy the right way to socialize and encourage that behavior as often as you can.

I was shocked when I found out that dogs could laugh!

You may be surprised to learn that a dog’s laugh sounds like a human’s. You’ll notice a difference between panting and laughing as your puppy grows up.

Look out for it, it’s worth witnessing! And I’m sure you understand what laughter in your dog means… that you’ve got yourself one happy puppy.


Clearly puppy noises are more than sounds—they’re communication prompts. With this new information you can now know what your puppy wants. Congratulations! You’re a better dog owner for it!

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