Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

(Non) Barking Dog

on January 29, 2008

Jasmine generally doesn’t bark.  In fact, I’ve heard her bark less than 10 times.  She barked twice at a big old black Lab at her foster home–once when we first met her, then when we took her back to visit (she just didn’t like that sweet old dog).  She barked once at the neighbor.  She barked when we had that magnitude 5 earthquake.  And more recently, she has barked 3 or 4 times when someone has knocked on the front door or rang the doorbell (including 10 minutes ago, which is what prompted this blog entry).

Jasmine does whine a little.  She whines when she is happy (when I come home from someplace) and when she wants something (attention in the morning).  Other than that, she’s silent except for the ear flapping, the tick tick tick of her nails on the linoleum, the “hooves of thunder” sound she makes as she runs down the hallway, and the jingle jangle jingle of her tags as she trots around the house or rolls around the floor.

Dachshunds can be very barky, so I’m glad that she’s fairly quiet.  I wonder if her recent barking is a further step in her acclimation to our home and her new life.  Maybe she’s getting more territorial…accepting that this is HER home.  Or maybe I’m reading too much into this, and she was just startled by the sudden loud noise.  Regardless, it’s another subtle change, another small sign that she’s making some progress.

She does have a cute little bark.  But then again, I think that practically everything does is cute.  🙂

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One response to “(Non) Barking Dog

  1. Margaret Redding says:

    I adopted a female doxie last June and was amazed that she was so silent. We wondered if she could bark. Well, one day she barked at some other dogs who were wrassling with each other, but apart from that she has never barked. She makes strangled little sounds sometimes. However–she does wag her tail–she used to always keep it well tucked in, but now she wags it quite a lot. Small ateps, I guess.

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