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Given that a well-trained dog can learn to differentiate between, and respond appropriately to, hundreds of verbal commands from her human family, it is only right that
we should make an effort to understand what our canine companions are trying to say to us. We all know that a growl is a warning, and a yelp is a sound of distress, but there are so many verbal signals in between those two sounds, and they all communicate different messages. Below are a few of the most common bark signals, to help you to understand what your dog is trying to say.

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