Is my dog trying to talk to me?
(Q) My dog has started wuffing at me when I get home from work every day. It sounds like he is saying “RUFFF ROWWW”, which sounds just like he is saying hello. Is it possible for my dog to mean ‘hello’ and does he know what it means?
(A) Behaviourist Steve Goward says: Your dog’s bark is unlikely to be an attempt to say hello but might be him showing how pleased he is to see you return.
Dogs have a varied vocal range and different breeds make distinctive sounds that can be similar to some words we use.