Why does my dog howl at sirens?
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Why does my dog howl at sirens?
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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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COMMENTS (26)
  • may1-eri
    9/14/2015 - 06:10 a.m.

    I think people used to believe when the dog seem evil,they howled at sirens.The dog' ears is so much more sensitive than people.

  • gracy-eri
    9/23/2015 - 12:02 p.m.

    The first reason people used to believe is the dogs howl because they can see evil power and know bad things will happen immediately. The second reason is that dogs' hearing is very sensitive so if they hear something noisy, they feel very painful. The last reason is about the dogs' strange habit that is most of dogs do not want to see strangers and do not like the strange things. If they see strangers or strange things, they bark at it and start to howl.

  • Aimee-ten
    1/28/2019 - 04:57 p.m.

    I loved the dogs hulling.

  • Adrian-ten1
    1/28/2019 - 05:06 p.m.

    That's cool that they howl. My dogs just bark.

  • Tomas-ten
    1/29/2019 - 04:31 p.m.

    I hope that sirens do not have a evil effect on me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amare-ten
    2/05/2019 - 04:49 p.m.

    My dog howls sometimes.

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