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Dog Whispers His Bark: Hear It for Yourself (Video)

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Dudley the whispering dog. (Screengrab via Facebook)

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 08:07 AM

A dog's whisper bark has been a hit on the internet after Brian Gertler taught his 1-year-old collie-shepherd mix to play quietly while living in a dorm at Greenville University in Illinois.

Gertler, 24, lives in the freshman dorm as a resident director with his wife, and Dudley, a border collie and Australian shepherd mix. Gertler told WGN-TV that Dudley has been popular among the Greenville students as a calming influence.

"It's a good icebreaker for a lot of these students," Gertler told the television station. "Sometimes they feel more comfortable talking to the dogs than talking to me."

That changed at night when Dudley's barking woke up sleeping students. Gertler told WGN-TV that he observed that Dudley's barks were merely a whisper when he was out of breath from running, so he taught the dog to bark in that whisper on a routine basis inside.

Gertler's effort with Dudley was caught on video posted by The Associated Press on Monday.

Dogs uses various barking pitches to display their emotion, with lower pitches indicating threats, anger, or aggression while higher pitch barks indicate that it is safe to approach and to come closer, according to Psychology Today.

Many on social media marveled at how Gertler was able to get his dog to bark in just a whisper.

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A dog's whisper bark has been a hit on the internet after Brian Gertler taught his 1-year-old collie-shepherd mix to play quietly while living in a dorm at Greenville University in Illinois.
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