• Jen

    My god, this was freaky reading this. . .

    My miniature dachshund, Tillo, does the exact same thing.

    He does the under-the-breath barks, I think he sounds like a grumpy old man. Damn kids.

    And he FLIPS like that when he sees us.

    Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they’re minis? Or spazzes?

  • http://takingthejourney.blogspot.com YogaGrl

    Aaaaawwwwwww! She is so stinking cute.

  • Caitorade

    she’s INSANE. good god. but damn adorable.

  • Tek

    Crating is an excellent way of training a family pet and is one way to establish a dog’s place in the pack with the owner on top. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I lived with three dogs, only one of which was trained by me using a crate among other things. as a result I lived with two dogs that peed, pooped and lounged where they wanted when they wanted and one nicely trained well mannered dog. I loved them all but being well mannered was a bonus worth working for.

  • allie

    i think coco must be saying something powerful, my dog started barking and making noises along with the video.

    all 17 times i played it.

    cause i’m mean, i’d let him get calm from playing it – then play it again to watch him get all barky.

    is barky a word? doesn’t matter, i’m mean. might as well make up words too.

  • Anonymous

    My parents’ Jack russell does that noise; I swear it sounds like he’s been run over. Some lady accused my mom of abusing him when he was freaking out at some other dogs. Too funny!

  • CJ

    Be careful about her barking and carrying on at other dogs on walks. That’s really bad behavior and could lead to her acting out aggressively. And that’s not fun. It’s especially concerning since you have a child in the house. Don’t you watch the Dog Whisperer???

  • http://imnopoodle.wordpress.com Candy

    I find it hilarious that you are not trying to disengage her from Chuck’s neck on a constant basis, nor protecting her from bigger badder dogs.

    Coco is growing up through the trial by fire method.

    And despite the things you and Jon say about her, I find it hard to believe because She.Is.So.Frigging.Cute!

  • mama V

    Our Mini Aussie, Charlie, made that same noise as a pup, and it has followed his into his adulthood. He’s 6 now, and it’s just LOUDER. Mind you, he only does it if he’s hurt, scared, or SOEXCITEDIJUSTCANTWAITTOLOVEYOU! yeah… gotta love that Aussie range of emotion – but I wouldn’t tradei t for the world, or hesitate to recommend the breed!
    And yes… i want a puppy too… maybe if I make that noise my husband will concede….

  • http://kimberlovelee.blogspot.com kim

    I LOVE Coco!!! My dog Mylie does the EXACT same thing, not as often when we greet her, but usually if she hasn’t seen someone in a whole 8 hours….she lets out a yelp of pain (the same yelp if you were to accidentally step on her toe, or hurt her in some way) it frightens strangers!! When she goes to the dog park, she also lets out the same cry when a big dog (she is a small dog) gets a little too close, she screams in pain and agony, as if it bit her, and in fact it has never touched her. Needless to say the big dog owners usually get frightened that their dog hurt her. She is SLIGHTLY embarassing to take out in public. But so cute, JUST like Coco!!! I want her!

    Here is mylie’s dogster page: http://www.dogster.com/dogs/228784

  • http://www.iprettymuchhateeverything.com torrie

    Aw. This video made me want to come over to your house and have Indian food.

  • http://frettingthesmallstuff.typepad.com andrea

    Wow that is quite a noise and I can’t believe I want to adopt a rescue one that is blind and deaf (to go with my blind cat and three legged Irish Woflhound).

    Despite her crazy noises, she is adorable and I am hoping she makes the March Masthead!

  • Kelly

    wow. she’s cute but…damn. You make the puppy-raising sound even worse than kid-raising.

  • http://www.fatchickdiaries.com Kelly

    Natalia, studies prove that dogs do much better if they’re crate trained. Dogs are den animals and require a place to call their own. Crate training is the absolute best thing you could do for your dog. We kept our one dog in a crate when we were away from the house until he was over 2 years old. It took a few months but he eventually grew to love his crate and knew that no one would bother him if he was in it. If he was tired, he would go into it and have a nap. Being crated also helps with potty training, manners training, prevents problem chewing and destructive behaviour etc. If more people crated their puppies, there would be less dogs being euthanized in shelters, that’s for sure.

    Heather, Coco is beautiful and I was giggling like crazy listening to her. She sounds exactly like our dog did as a puppy. He’s seven now so I’d forgotten about that high pitched whining and carrying on that puppies are inclined to do.

  • delia

    I don’t think the crate is making her bark like that. Our neighbors have the same dog. It lives outside in a muddy yard (as I typed that I came to the realization that it might be a yard of poo, not mud)with little to no interaction with anyone. He does that insane barking when they pull into their driveway each night. It breaks my heart every time because I know he’s running circles in excitement, like Coco, but unlike Coco he never gets attention.

  • Melissa

    My 1.5 yr old border collie mix is so similar to coco it cracks me up. He makes that same noise when greeting my family when they visit. Me, he sees every day and doesn’t react much to when I come or go.

    Herding dogs, so much fun! I hope she doesn’t get the car chasing bug like mine has!

  • Jen

    My doggie does this same yelping noise. He hasn’t outgrown it in 2 years. God help us. No, God help our neighbors.

  • http://www.notforsheep.org Kathy

    Sounds like Coco is trying to be dominant; she needs the Dog Whisperer! ;-)

  • http://www.hydrangeasarepretty.blogspot.com Shelli

    heh – I seriously haven’t laughed out loud at work in EONS.

    Thanks, Coco.

  • Natasha

    Oh my god. I’m exhausted just watching that. She’s adorable, but man it makes it seem like a puppy is harder work than my 5 month old baby!

  • http://www.stephaniekscott.blogspot.com Stephanie

    We have a rescued 11 year-old (ish) Red heeler/ German Shepherd Mix.
    I hit play on your little clip there, and as soon as the sound began, my dog started running around making the exact same noise, doing the exact same dance. It is in fact the exact same noise and dance she does every time we dare to leave our house, or even go outside to get the mail for that matter.
    Dogs (and this particular brand of dog in particular) are both a joy and a total pain in the ass. I hate to tell you that it does not improve with age. Our dogs has one foot in the ground and remains as neurotic as ever.

  • Anonymous

    The sound of CoCo made my dog bark insanly.
    Something aobut a puppy that sets off all other dogs!

  • http://www.stephaniekscott.blogspot.com Stephanie

    Oh and by the way, you are totally right about crating your dog, for all the reasons you probably already know and are listed by the American Kennel Club, (it makes them feel safe and comfortable, it keeps your stuff out of their mouth etc., etc,) But I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that.

  • Stacy

    That is the exact noise our austrailian shepherd made when he was a pup. It hasn’t gone away… just morphed into a combination of that and a grunt. He also picked up a nifty little trick of smiling with the grunt. He scrunches his nose up and shows his teeth when we get home after being gone for awhile…or if we walked into the other room and came back.

  • http://blogofbalance.blogspot.com balancing girl

    it sounds like she’s hyperventilating.

  • Anna

    She’s cute, but holy crap, that makes me thankful that I have one of the quietest dogs in the world. He will bark/growl at what he perceives to be an intruder, but other than that he almost never says a word!

  • http://www.jenninejohnson.com Jennine

    That is the EXACT sound I make after placing an online order at Yankee Candles. I know just how she feels.

  • http://kathy-p.blogspot.com/ Kathy

    Wow. That’s one excited puppy. My neighbor’s dog makes some of the most heartbreaking moans when his owner’s gone.

  • Lorrian

    That brings back memories! We had an Aussie, Playdoh, when I was a kid. Same energy, same whining, and just a total love.

    Oh, and so annoying…but I sure miss being annoyed by her.

  • http://bettycrockerass.blogspot.com/ BettyCrockerAss

    I think my milk just came in.

  • http://jumpwithfaith.blogspot.com/ Kim

    What a peach! But I have to agree with other posters – I’m glad our puppy days are over.

    I have a greyhound and we can make him roo by making the roo noise (sounds like a lonely ohwoohwooh howl) at him until he starts doing it himself. He will arch his neck and his long narrow face will look like Snoopy in the Charlie Brown Christmas special – it’s hysterical. I’m sure we annoy the neighbors and the other dogs in the area but it’s so damn fun to do.

  • Eve

    Awwww…. what about the other puppy? He got no attention ):

  • http://onemomentcaptured.blogspot.com/ Lichen

    This is the sound I make when my husband gets home from touring….only HE’S the Aussie. Strange…?

  • Megan

    My dog just flipped the fuck out when she heard that Coco noise. She alternated staring at my laptop and at me, pleading with her eyes to make it stop. And when it did, she gave one low growl under her breath and stood next to me until I played it again. And again.

    So, thanks for the porn my apartment-bound dog. I guess.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/coyote Coyote

    Wow, she sounds just like my semi-boyfriend’s full-grown border collie when he gets back from a week-long business trip, or when I visit his house after not having done so in a long time. Amazing.

  • http://www.realityfish.com Robin G.

    Sometimes I think I really, really want a dog… then I see videos like this and remember why I’m a cat person. Thanks for the public service warning.

  • Lisa

    Perhaps you should consider consulting The Dog Whisperer. He would whip Coco right into shape!

  • http://vintagethirty.blogspot.com/ Tootsie Farklepants

    My dog huffed at your dog when she heard the video. Perhaps Coco’s own beer is in order? It might mellow her out. Australian Sheppards have a pitch to their bark that makes your ears bleed.

  • http://www.elygerbin.blogspot.com Ely

    this is whats getting me through my midterms this week.

  • christina

    That shite is hilarious. We are currently dealing with the same issue with our new rescue dog, but Coco takes the cake on tortured noises. I can only imagine walking her. Our trainer told us to distract our dog when he freaks on walks around other dogs. Easier said than done. So as he is jumping up and down and growling, there I am crouched down trying to tickle his ear. Works real well…

    Thanks for the post. I’m sitting at work sick and this was the only thing that has made me smile. Now it’s time to get back to frowning and coughing.

  • T

    I think someone’s a candidate for the Dog Whisperer.

    Damn, that’s a cute dog. Reminds me of my own crazy dog who spent many, many years driving us completely mental. Now that he’s passed on I remember those days as hilarious frivolity, but at the time I was pretty sure it was an orchestrated attempt to destroy my sanity. I do miss that big lug.

  • http://www.email2postal.com/ email2postal

    Man, that is one gross cellulite advertisement to the right :)

  • Liz

    OMG…I cannot imagine having a dog make that sound when its happy!! I thought I had it bad- my Pit Bull, Spencer, whines in this very immediate way when he wants to be included in something. Like for instance when he wants jump on the bed and cuddle with us, he just stares at us and whines…like please please PLEASE can I join you, because if I cant I am pretty sure the world will end RIGHT THIS SECOND!!!

  • http://fishygirl.typepad.com FishyGirl

    OMG, I had forgotten that noise. My beagle used to make that noise when he was little, and it was the most awesome thing, he was SOEXCITEDTOSEEYOU!ANDYOUANDYOU!!

    Thanks for the reminiscing, that’s quite the doggie you got there.

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  • Elizabeth

    We engrave our dogs’ (nick)names on their tags too…right now, we have our two beagles, “Polly Doodle” and “Rufus the Fantastic.” But my favorite ever was the white German Shepard we had for a while, Stan, whose tag read: “Stan the Man (the Dog).”

  • http://www.faceofthecookie.com Kiala

    We named our dog ZZ and now we just call her “The Beast” or actually “Teh Beast” because we are ridiculous people.

    ANNNNNYYYWAYYY….she’s 2 and she still does all those things. I’m just saying it never stops. EVER.

    Did I…I just..I’m not helping, am I?

  • http://aplanetnamedjanet.blogspot.com Janet

    You think it might be time to apply to that Dog Whisperer show?

  • Michelle

    Our 3-year-old dog does that, only louder and more piercing, when she sees a squirrel. In the park, people run over to us thinking some dog got hit by a car.