Did you ever wonder why dogs howl? You probably are curious about the reason why they howl, especially at night when the howling might sound a little scary. There are also times when dogs in your neighborhood might howl at the same time.

There could be many reasons why your dog howls. In this article, we will review and discuss a few of them.

To serve as a homing beacon

In the wild, wolves and other feral dogs howl to guide other members of their pack back to their home or base especially if they are lost or have been separated from the group. Your pet dog howling might be a similar way to call their loved ones back home. This is especially true if you are not at home for long hours.


To attract attention


A simple reason why dogs howl is that they might just want your attention, whether it is positive or negative. Surely, your dog’s howling will catch your attention. If you run to your dog every time it howls, your dog will certainly know that it takes a howl to bring you running.

However, howling can also be a way of expressing that they feel lonely or depressed. So you do not want to simply ignore your dog. Remember that they have feelings too.

To alert you when they get hurt

Dogs also howl to let their owner know that they have an injury or are hurt. This is how they vocalize their pain, similar to when you cry out when you are hurt or injured.

To ward off outsiders

Howling is a way to signal other dogs that they are about to enter a claimed and occupied area. It is a way of expressing that the place is their territory and that any intrusion might lead to violence. In this way, howling serves as a defense mechanism.

In your home or property, your dog might howl to ward off or alert you of strangers. For example, if an unfamiliar car pulls up in front of your house or the driveway, your dog might howl.

As a response to triggers

There are environmental noises that may trigger dogs to howl. These include sirens from police vehicles and ambulance, sounds of musical instruments, or loud music from a stereo.


There are certain dog breeds that are more likely to howl than others. Some breeds that do so are hounds, Siberian and Alaskan Huskies, dachshunds, beagles, and Alaskan Malamute, just to name a few.

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Final thoughts

These are only a few of the possible reasons why dogs howl. “Why do dogs howl?” is a question whose answer depends on each situation. Be careful to assess what that particular reason might be to be sure that your dog is not in a state of loneliness or depression.

Most of the time, you do not have to worry about it. Understand that howling is usually normal and just make sure that your dog is not hurt or in any kind of harm.



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