Yodel or Yawn or ???

My new Basenji (10 wks old) makes the oddest noises. The one the puzzles me most though is upon waking, esp in the AM. At first I thought it was just that he yawned really loud, but now I am wondering if this is his yodel? It is getting longer in duration now, but his mouth is all the way open wide when he does it, not like the position of hound dogs baying.

Is he yodeling? In any case it's the cutest thing!

Our Kiya makes an odd sound when she wakes up too. It looks like a rather large yawn and this eeerrrrrr comes out. Sometimes it can be high pitched or low pitched.
Her baroos are always a different sound. One time I thought she was growling but when you look at her, she is wagging her tail and doing a dance. 🙂

Kitiara is 7 years old now and every once in a while she will still surprise us with a new sound!

mia does that. shes almost 5 months. it kinda sounds likes a high pitched "ooooooouuuuuwwwwww" lol and her mouth is wide open like a big yawn.

her baroo is more scratchy and her mouth is like a howling wolf.

I LOVE it when Dallas makes those sounds! It's like he's yawning but he lets out the same "oooouuuuuwwww" noise you guys described. Sometimes they are higher than other & sometimes they are long vs. some that are very short. It makes me smile 🙂

Yes, I am loving his yawning sound. So cute, I hear him saying "good morning momma" in my head when he makes that sound! I hope he never outgrows this noise

Ah Yes the morning squee. Zaire wakes Charlie up with that one every morning. I adore it because she is usualy a VERY quiet girl. In fact I think the only person she talks to is Charlie. I am hoping she will get a little yodel as she gets older. 🙂

@EskiLovr:

Yes, I am loving his yawning sound. So cute, I hear him saying "good morning momma" in my head when he makes that sound! I hope he never outgrows this noise

Encourage it!!!!!!
Everytime your little boy makes a sound praise him!!!
They just love it when you talk back to them :p

Jackpot makes the yawning "oooouuuwww" noise in the AM as well… its so cute! I haven't heard him yodel yet, but I can't wait (I hope he's a noisy dog)! LOL

Senji always makes that noise when he needs to go out. That's his "I'm serious, I REALLY need to go out" noise.

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@Chelbell26:

Jackpot makes the yawning "oooouuuwww" noise in the AM as well… its so cute! I haven't heard him yodel yet, but I can't wait (I hope he's a noisy dog)! LOL

I love it when Duke makes the yawning "oooouuuuwwww" noise. He is a B-mix - but his B-traits shine right on through. Sometimes he yawns over and over - it does after all, get our attention with smiles and a hearty belly rub. 🙂

@hdolbow:

mia does that. shes almost 5 months. it kinda sounds likes a high pitched "ooooooouuuuuwwwwww" lol and her mouth is wide open like a big yawn.

her baroo is more scratchy and her mouth is like a howling wolf.

Yup, that's Fiji's vocab too – lots of funny yawning noises, especially in the am, but that's a totally different face and sound from her barooo. The howling wolf mouth is a good description.

Is a yodel different than a barooo?

I love it when Jack does that….he does it a lot when he is stretching in the morning....that gravely little "ooouuuuwwww" sound, and he opens his mouth really really wide and his ears go back. Sometimes I think he is making fun of me and the sounds I make in the morning as I stretch.

He knows that I love it too, so when his highness thinks he isn't getting enough attention, he makes that noise.

He has never really yodeled or barooed, though. In fact, up until reading this thread, I always thought that was his yodel.

He is Captain Jack LaPlante, Silent but Deadly Marauder of the Backyard.

I love it when Jack does that….he does it a lot when he is stretching in the morning....that gravely little "ooouuuuwwww" sound, and he opens his mouth really really wide and his ears go back. Sometimes I think he is making fun of me and the sounds I make in the morning as I stretch.

He knows that I love it too, so when his highness thinks he isn't getting enough attention, he makes that noise.

He has never really yodeled or barooed, though. In fact, up until reading this thread, I always thought that was his yodel.

He is Captain Jack LaPlante, Silent but Deadly Marauder of the Backyard.

Speaking of stretches, does anyone else's stretch their body upward so that it looks like a speed bump or an upside down U? LOL. It's hard to describe but Dallas will pull his front & back paws close together & push his back up. It is the cutest darn thing! That plus his AM noises melt my heart! These dogs just impress me more & mroe as each day goes by that I own one. Who wants obnoxious barking when your house can be filled with baroos, yodels, singing & oooouuuuwww-ing :p

Sure - that's the classic Downward Dog pose – yoga masters who named that move must have had basenjis!

HAHAHA yea Zaire does that….so does Charlie, Every morning he does his Doga. He does a downward dog stretch and then pulls himself up into a stretch that looks like the yoga position "Proud Warrior" it is the cutest thing. 😃

@Vanessa:

Encourage it!!!!!!
Everytime your little boy makes a sound praise him!!!
They just love it when you talk back to them :p

Yes, ours will yodel on their own but if we yodel back, they will go on for a few minutes. Our older male is the most vocal, but the puppy (well about a year old now) is starting to do it too now. When we get the 2 of them going, we can get our older female started too. It is really funny and I keep meaning to record it as you can tell them all apart. The puppy has a very different sound too.

Mica does a morning doga bow with her butt up in the air and her head lower with her two front legs extended out and than usually lets out a quick "arrroooo…" sound with her mouth wide open. (she has freckle like specks inside her mouth, too, not just a normal numdane tint of mouth like most "normal" dogs); I just learned from going to a weekend workshop on therapy dogs that an open mouth is also a calming behavior in dogs towards each other. So now when she opens her mouth to yawn, or seems a little stressed, like when I took her to the vet yesterday for a medical exam and she had her sacks attended to because she was scooting, I did yawn in front of her face. But if she needs to go outside for a quick walk or is getting impatient, she can have a very high pitched yowl that needs seems to say immediate attention, mom!. She can make me feel like I am not moving fast enough to take her outside.
BaMicas mom

@Ninabeana26:

Speaking of stretches, does anyone else's stretch their body upward so that it looks like a speed bump or an upside down U? LOL. It's hard to describe but Dallas will pull his front & back paws close together & push his back up. It is the cutest darn thing! That plus his AM noises melt my heart! These dogs just impress me more & mroe as each day goes by that I own one. Who wants obnoxious barking when your house can be filled with baroos, yodels, singing & oooouuuuwww-ing :p

Trixie stretches like that and poops like that! Funniest thing I have ever seen. I have never seen a dog poo like her plus she walks while she is doing it. I would take a picture but she gets very disturbed is she thinks you are watching her!

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