I recently overheard some policemen discuss the unique characters of German shepherds. It didn\u2019t bother me until I heard them say, \u201cGerman shepherds are among the most vocal dogs. Depending on the dog, they can make loud sounds of about 106 decibels!\u201d I heard never imagined any dog can be such vocal. So, I sought to know how that would be possible.\n\n\n\nHere\u2019s what I learned.\n\n\n\nWhy are German shepherds so vocal?\n\n\n\nLike other dogs, German shepherds are vocal because they descended from wolves! Also, they were herding dogs who could detect an intruder who was miles away and raise the alarm by barking. Anxiety, hunger, thirst, separation, fear, sexual pressure, and boredom make German shepherds vocal. German shepherds speak through barking, howling, and groaning.\n\n\n\nGerman Shepherd\u2019s History: Where Did It All Start From?\n\n\n\nGerman shepherds were initially used as herding breeds. Whenever the flock was in danger, they could bark to scare away the intruder.\n\n\n\nBesides, these dogs can tell when an animal or person is getting closer to where they are. They detect their smell while they\u2019re miles away.\n\n\n\nConsequently, the German shepherd begins to bark endlessly to warn you of incoming (potential) danger. They also bark to alert the coming animal or persons that they are likely to be attacked if they don\u2019t cooperate!\n\n\n\nThis character distinguished them among other dogs.\n\n\n\nWith time, police forces started to train the German shepherd for use in military purposes. Using their strong sense of smell, German shepherds could pass vital information to their masters by barking profusely. For example, when indicating where an intruder is hiding.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s vital to also note that all dogs howl. Cesar Milan, who is a renowned dog\u2019s expert, says that dogs descended from wolves. Wolves\u2019 way of communication is howling. \u201cLike father like son!\u201d It\u2019s, therefore, natural for German shepherds to howl. It\u2019s their way of communication. That\u2019s how they express their anger and excitement.\n\n\n\nFactors that Make Your German Shepherd Vocal\n\n\n\nOf course, the fact that German shepherds are vocal doesn\u2019t mean that they should howl and bark all the time. There are various reasons why they do it and do it as if their lives depend on it.\n\n\n\nYou Reinforced The Behavior\n\n\n\n\u201cA habit is a disease!\u201d When your buddy started being so vocal, you didn\u2019t bother to stop him. You probably paid attention to what he was saying. As such, he believes he needs to be vocal to get anything he wants.\n\n\n\nNot everything needs your attention. For example, if he is vocal because he wants to sit on your lap, you would rather deny him that privilege if it\u2019s not necessary.\n\n\n\nUse commands to warn him of the habit. Such commands can be \u2018stop\u2019, and \u2018no\u2019. Whenever he obeys, offer treats. You can also tap him to show him you\u2019re sincerely impressed by his obedience.\n\n\n\nPain\n\n\n\nIf your German shepherd isn\u2019t vocal all the time, he could be in pain. When in pain, he may look restless, unable to sleep, walk, stand, or eat. This might make him so vocal. His energy could also be failing him at this time. So, he can only groan.\n\n\n\nMy German shepherd behaves this way most times when he is in pain. I know it because he refuses to get up when I call him. To make me know that he heard but can\u2019t make it, he groans. It\u2019s heartbreaking, but I get the point altogether and act fast.\n\n\n\nFrustration\n\n\n\nLike humans, German shepherds have emotions. However, their emotions may not align with ours. For example, they may want to go out, while you want to stay indoors. They\u2019ll howl to express the desire to go out.\n\n\n\nBut you\u2019re not interested. What\u2019s next? Groans of frustration!\n\n\n\nExcitement\n\n\n\nExcitement makes a German shepherd so vocal. Depending on the dog, they can jump, run towards you, or bark.\n\n\n\nThey can be excited because you gave them the food they love, you came back home from a long day in the office, you gave him a treat and the like.\n\n\n\nNeed for Food or Water\n\n\n\nDelaying your German shepherd\u2019s meals could make him vocal. We all know how desperation for food makes us act abnormally. Your German shepherd is no different!\n\n\n\nIn most cases, he runs to his place of food and water and becomes vocal. He is simply saying he needs food or water. These dogs are active breeds.\n\n\n\nThat means they use a lot of energy every day. As such, they need enough food and water. Ensure, therefore, that your German shepherd dog has enough food and water.\n\n\n\nAnxiety\n\n\n\nRegardless of their intelligence and ability to attack intruders, German shepherds can get anxious. This mostly happens when they notice their lives are in danger, for example, during floods, earthquakes, and thunders.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s good to reassure them that it is going to be okay and that you\u2019re with them.\n\n\n\nSeeking Attention\n\n\n\nWhen denied enough attention, German shepherds demand it. They can howl, bark, and groan. They do this if they\u2019re used to spending most of the time with you. When, for example, you walk to the bedroom and leave him in the living room, he comes where you\u2019re and groan.\n\n\n\nAlso, if you talk too much to him, then spend an hour quietly reading a newspaper, watching a movie, or chatting with friends, he will groan! At least, to have your attention for a minute.\n\n\n\nSexual Pressure\n\n\n\nGerman shepherd dogs who are on heat groan or bark often. The desire to satisfy their sexual desire keeps them restless. If they cannot find a mate, they can groan for such a long time.\n\n\n\nIf you don\u2019t intend to breed him, it\u2019s necessary to neuter him. Otherwise, he groans until his desire to mate goes down. It can last up to three weeks.\n\n\n\nRelaxing\n\n\n\nSome German shepherds may groan when stretching their bodies in the morning after waking up. They may also groan after lying down for long hours.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s a way of relaxing their bodies.\n\n\n\nShould It Concern You When Your German Shepherd Becomes So Vocal?\n\n\n\nIt can be a matter of concern if there\u2019s no good reason for being vocal. Before you punish, ignore, or command him to stop, it\u2019s necessary to know why he is vocal.\n\n\n\nAccording to your findings, take the necessary precautions.\n\n\n\nIs It Abnormal?\n\n\n\nIf your German shepherd has suddenly started being vocal, definitely, there\u2019s something he is communicating. Check his behavior when he starts to be vocal. If he doesn\u2019t seem to be fit health-wise, consider visiting a vet.\n\n\n\nIf, however, he looks healthy and energetic, stay around and see if there\u2019s anyone coming or anything weird going on around that place.\n\n\n\n Upbringing\n\n\n\nDid you adapt your German shepherd and notice that he is so vocal, unlike your other German shepherd dogs? Carefully watch him for at least three days to 3 months.\n\n\n\nPatricia McConnell (Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) Emeritus) says that it can take a minimum of 3 days and at most three months for a dog to adjust to his new home. During this time, your adopted dog might feel totally uncomfortable in his new home, hence get more vocal.\n\n\n\nShow him love and be patient with him. If, however, the habit persists, it\u2019s likely he was not trained well. Begin to offer professional behavioral training.\n\n\n\nFinal Thoughts\n\n\n\nGroaning, barking, and howling unless is something unusual with your German shepherd should not cause any alarm. Unlike other dogs, German shepherds are naturally vocal.\n\n\n\nSpending more time with him makes it easy for you to understand each other. You can quickly tell what he means and what to do. If, however, it\u2019s something unusual, seek the help of a vet or a behavioral trainer.