I’ve finally trained my humans to understand my barks.
A deep growl followed by frantic, high pitched barks means: “There is a bear within 20 feet.” There is a lot of body language involved here too. Mostly, me putting my body between the humans and the bear, so the humans know which way to retreat.
Deep, in the throat, repeated barking means: “There is a bear in the area but not close.” I’m a herder by genetics, so…I herd them away to safety.
Howling, long barks mean: “There is an aggressive deer nearby.” My experience, a doe with a fawn can be cranky at the best of times. My front paws usually lift off the ground during this communication.
Cheery barks mean: “There is a deer, but a nice one nearby.”
Barking while running in a circle, repeatedly looking at my human, and wagging my tail means: “There is a squirrel, so let me go chase it.”
It’s exhausting teaching humans to understand my language, but since their sense of smell is lousy, they need to be warned if there is a creature in the neighbourhood.
After a strenuous session of teaching Kristina dog speak, we relax with a yoga class. I’m supposed to be doing the downward dog, but I’m just too tired.