What Dogs Really Say


Anyone who’s never heard a cow moo knows what it sounds like. Maybe not in real life, but they know.

They know that a cat says, “Meow” and a duck says, “Quack” and a snake says, “Hssssssss”.

Yes, humans are gifted with other humans who teach them from a very early age what sounds animals make.

When it comes to dogs, though, humans are getting it all wrong. Some dogs might say, “Ruff Ruff” or “Woof Woof” but, for the life of me, I can’t understand why humans don’t teach “Arooo ROOOOO!” (Really, have you ever heard a dog say, “Ruff Ruff”? I haven’t. “Woof Woof” maybe, but not “Ruff Ruff.”)

This, my friends, is what dogs really say. And you don’t have to hear it to know what it sounds like:

Roo RooooOOOO to you!

And this:


And this:

Beginning of an Aroo Roooo…..

And this:

Aroooo RooOOOOOO!

And not to mention this:

See? You don’t have to hear it to know what it sounds like!

What You Learned Today:

  • Cats say “meow”
  • Ducks say “quack”
  • Snakes say “hsssss”
  • Spiders say ”         “
  • Baby birds say “cheep cheep”
  • Dogs say “Aroo Roo”
  • And that’s all there is to it.
  • Oh. And pigs don’t say “oink oink,” they say, “grunt grunt”

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Aroo ROOOO! See, you can hear that, can’t you?

About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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37 Responses to What Dogs Really Say

  1. Boxers say “woo woo”!

  2. Kim Barker says:

    Stuart, I could eat you all up! You’re soooooo cute!!

  3. Lucas the Scottie says:


  4. Jazzi says:

    Oh Stuart, you are so right. Aroooo is the only dog language out there, so BIG Arooo’s right back atchaya


  5. sue ellen says:

    We get told to ‘cool’ the yodeling sometimes. Not me(mac) as much as Lucy. Her ‘rooos’ turn into loooong yodels. Really great lungs we scotts have !!
    Stewart you are such a cutie, oops, handsome fella!!
    ahroOoOoO(LUCY) AHroooooo (Mac)

    * my friend from Germany told me their dogs say’ voolf voolf’ !

  6. I love your post, you are soon cute 🙂 ….. But us Beardies definitely say Rrrrruffff, rrrruuuffff. Mum says we should be called Barkies not Beardies …come by for a visit:-)

  7. Kyla says:

    Who says peeps are dumb. I’ve trained mine and they know:

    – I’m hungry
    – there’s a rabbit just outside
    – I’m really hungry
    – the garbage truck is here
    – I’m famished
    – there’s a strange dog outside
    – come here and feed me this instant

    They’ve learned the little nuances in my speech.

    • GOOD LORD! It’s funny you should say this my Kyla friend. After lunch earlier, which was my 5th small plate of the day, I told Them:

      — Give me some more
      — It’s time to play, so come up here from your basement office
      — It’s time to play again (plus, you need the exercise, so climb those stairs again)
      — Now, come get me because the stairs are too steep and it’s time for a nap under your desk

      Yes. The Scottie speech nuances are many and varied. I think you and I should teach a communications class about this.

      ArooO, Stu

  8. Oh wow – we just adooooore that first picture! Our proper Mom Arooooo’d like no business, any time, any day, but we boys only Aroo when the Ice-Cream Van visits our village, or the “rag & bone man” collecting metal bits. We wish (for Her sake) that we Aroooo’d more, but we’re boys …..

    Any way, Aroooo from Bobby & Finlay


    AROO to you Stuart.We really don’t aroo. We just give long speeches. Love Sid and Shelby

  10. Bites is really good with Arooooo’s, like when dad comes home, there he goes and when they play he gets really carried away with them, Me not so much.

    Your Fruends
    Susie & recliner Bites

  11. Daisy says:

    SHE used to have an Irish Wolfhound that was on eye level with a friend’s 2-year old. Whenever you asked the kid what dogs say, she’d pant!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  12. Lucas the Scottie says:


  13. As for me, and you know how much I like to make noise, all I could do was whimper with joy when my Mama came home this evening from her looooong trip. I was so happy that I am completely exhausted now. Time for a nappy.

  14. Bosun Dawg says:

    I enjoyed this wonderful lesson in doggie language very much Stuart.

  15. Dougall says:

    I don’t Arrooo much to be honest… My human calls me her “little grunter” ‘cos I grunt a lot, when getting a good scratch, when I want attention, when I want food, you know, the usually times we need to make a point!

  16. robynwp says:

    Stuart…we are starting to get a little jealous of you…whenever we all sit down to read your posts mom “oohs” and “aahs” about how cute you are *hurrumph* today’s post did not help ‘cos even we have to admit how sweet you look with your “aroooorooo” face on.

    Wally & Sammy

  17. definitely arooorooo…and at our house sometimes it’s aroooo-ooo-ooooo-ooo. 🙂

  18. Alyssa says:

    Until you, I had no idea Scotties said arrrroooo. And to think, I grew up with two of them!! Mr. Fox makes all kinds of interesting whining noises!
    Alyssa, Mr. Fox & Scruffy

  19. intentoverde says:

    My dog barks like that every time my son cries. And she is a Spanish dog, so the aroooo is extra loud, like everything here in Spain! Congrats for your funny post, will think of it next time my son and dog start a concert togehter.

Go ahead...Bark Out Loud! ArroOOOO!

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