Why does my dog howl at night, when he is alone or when hearing an ambulance? There are several reasons and here we explain.
Dogs are beautiful companion animals that needs us. And there’s a behavior that worries its owners: howling.
That’s why some people wonder: Why does my dog howl at night, when I leave, in the morning, when he’s alone, when he sleeps, when he sees me, hearing the sirens or when I howl?
Well, there are several reasons. And today we will see 5 main reasons why dogs howl.
1. For territorial reasons and their protective instinct
It is well known that dogs are territorial, and when a stranger approaches the house or a new animal arrives at home the dogs howl.
It’s a way of warning the intruder that that’s his territory and that he’d better stay away if he doesn’t want to get hurt.
Howling can be a way of warning of danger. Your dog may be howling to protect the safety of your home and family.
2. Dogs howl of joy
Why does my dog howl when he sees me? Dogs howl of joy, so when he sees you and starts howling, it’s because he’s happy to see you, especially if you’ve been away from home, whether for a long day’s work or because you’ve been away for a few days.
It’s a way of saying he’s happy that his herd is together again.
Yes, for your dog you’re part of his herd. That’s so cute!
3. Dogs howl in pain
Sometimes dogs howl because something hurts, and it’s a way of telling you it’s not feeling well.
To know that your dog is howling through pain pay attention to the tones and you will notice that the tone of his howling is lower and somewhat broken than the howls of joy.
In that case, it is vital that you take him to the vet so that they know what hurts him and receives the necessary attention.
Don’t ignore that sign of pain your canine wants to communicate to you.
4. Dogs howl of anxiety because they don’t like to be alone.
Both dogs and wolves are social beings, that is, they don’t like to be alone.
So when they howl, they try to gather their herd. But when they spend a lot of time alone they suffer, which causes them anxiety, and howling is a way of transmitting that anxiety. When dogs howl out of anxiety, they often wag their tails and roll over on themselves.
That’s why some experts recommend leaving toys to entertain them when we’re not with them. And then take them out for a walk to relieve themselves, if they’re very anxious, maybe do it more than once a day and for a longer time.
It is also important to pay attention to this alarm signal.
5. Dogs howl because they mimic other high-pitched sounds they hear
Why do dogs howl when they hear high-pitched sounds, such as an ambulance siren or firefighters, flute, harmonica, or music that has high-pitched sound? Why does my dog howl when I imitate howling sound?
Dogs, as you may know, have a very acute hearing, which is why thunderstorms hurt their ears, they hear frequencies that humans don’t hear.
That’s why dogs howl when they hear high-pitched sounds. It’s like they can’t resist the urge to join in on that sound. All this has to do with his keen hearing.
In fact, scientists believe a dog howls when he hears a siren because he thinks it’s listening to another dog’s howl. I mean, the dog thinks he’s communicating with another dog!
Truth be told, no one is sure of that.
Finally, the video of the boy howling and his dog following him could not be missed. This viral video has more than 60 million views and is perfect for the topic we are dealing with.
What do you think of these curious reasons why dogs howl?