Why does my dog howl at sirens?
August 26, 2015
You asked us, "Why does my dog howl at sirens?"
That one has been a head-scratcher for a while.
It is almost as if sirens have an evil power over most dogs.
Their heads start to go up. Their doggy-lips start to purse. And out it comes. It is as if they have no control over it.
The explanation was simple for a long time. It hurts.
Dogs' hearing is so much more sensitive than ours. A sound might just be annoying to us. But it might be very painful for them.
Have you ever seen a dog howling along with a fire truck? They do not seem to be unhappy. They look pretty pleased with themselves.
Dog science points us in another direction. To dogs' cousins and ancestors. The wolves.
Wolves do not bark to talk. They howl. Listen to a wolf howl. What is that, girl? That seems to say "I am lonely, friend." Or "Go away, stranger."
These wolfish replies are also hardwired into your dog's head.
I would put my money on the "Go away" explanation of your dog's big yowl. Why? Because of the dog's smug reaction after a good howl.
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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
What did people used to believe was the reason their dogs howled at sirens?
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