Why Do Dogs Howl?


Dogs have lots of ingrained behaviors, like turning in circles before they lay down. Howling is one of those behaviors. In the same way dogs have different backs for different meanings, howling is just another form of communication. 

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Oftentimes, dogs will howl in response to high-pitch noises like sirens or instruments. The howling acknowledges that they hear the sound and are ready to respond or would like to participate in the action. 

Dogs are pack animals. In the wild, dogs howl to signal to their pack members where they are and call them over. On the flip side, howling also lets other packs know, “Stay away from here!” 

If your dog’s howling becomes excessive or is accompanied by other signs of anxiety, it’s best to take them to the vet to rule out any medical issues.  

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