“Barking Like A Dog”: OK, we’re going to tell you how to really do it! (Breathe in instead of out)

By on June 19, 2015

Here’s a supercut of scenes from movies and TV shows in which people start barking like a dog, from Wiseguy Pictures. But here’s the thing: they’re doing it all wrong. All of them.

If you really want to know how to bark like a dog actually barks, here’s the main thing to remember: you’re supposed to bark while breathing IN, and not out, as people normally do when they’re play-acting like they’re a dog barking.

The proper way to bark is to push all the air out of your lungs and then breathe IN while making a long, slow “rawr” sound — cutting it off abruptly for the actual “bark” sound — and the sound should start at the back of your throat.

Start with a basic, deep-throated growl. Breathe in and let the air pass over your vocal chords as you’re making the sound. You’ll have to work your jaw to get a lot of volume and the kind of anger you hear in an angry dog’s bark.

If you want to sound like a smaller, yappier dog when you’re barking, trying smiling a bit more as you do it, and try to raise the volume UP a notch. Breathe a lot of air in to do a howl, and work your jaw to get those “awooo-woo-wooo” sounds.

Now, put them all together, a growl and then a bark, but remember to breathe IN and not out.

Practice this until it sounds intimidating. If it helps, cup your hands in front of your mouth to accentuate the sounds you’re making, but it’s not necessary. Plus, if you’re doing this in front of people, you want them to see what you’re doing.

The sound is most convincing if you have your lips in an “o” shape, which makes the acoustics in your mouth better.

Again, keep your tongue curled toward the back of your mouth.

That’s how you bark like a dog!

About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.