My dogs are relaxed and lazy most of the time; they are very nearly cats. A dog barking nearby will make them sit up and take notice, but they rarely join in. When the wind howls, or thunder roars, they come and sit quietly at my feet. They just look at me for reassurance that all is well.
Music attracts the dogs’ attention. They like Bob Marley. They wag in time to the reggae beat and become very mellow. I’ve been told that the boy dog grew up with reggae; I don’t know why it appeals to the girl dog. They both hide when I play my Traveling Wilburys cd, aware it signals time for housework and the vacuum cleaner.
Recently, the girl dog has started barking at the tv. Truth be told, she only recently started barking at all. What is it on the tv that makes her bark? Trucks, heavy machinery, roaring cars, airplanes, helicopters. These are the real-life noises that cause her to bark, too. It is a bark that clearly expresses annoyance. Do the machine noises hurt her ears? Or do they remind her of something that happened long ago?
Do the dogs bark when someone comes onto the porch? Yes. Since I started ordering from Chewy, they think every footfall on the porch is bringing them food, treats or toys and they respond with great noisy joy. This is not a scary “Beware of Dog” noise; this is a the dog equivalent of the way I feel when my Chinese food or pizza arrives.
I like the way that you can see so clearly what they are thinking/feeling by the way they respond; I wish people were more like that.