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 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 and their doggy-lips start to purse. And out it comes, as if they have no control over it. 
 
For a long time, the explanation was simple. It is that it hurts. 
 
Dogs' hearing is so much more sensitive than ours ... that a sound that's just irritating to us must be excruciating for them. But if you have ever seen a dog howling along with a fire truck, they don't seem to be unhappy. They look pretty pleased with themselves in fact.
 
Canine science points us in another direction. To dogs' cousins and ancestors, the wolves.
 
Wolves do not bark to communicate, they howl. Listen to a wolf howl. What is that, girl? That seems to translate to "I am lonely, friend" or "Go away, stranger." 
 
These wolfish responses are also hardwired into your dog's head. So given the smug aftermath of a good howl, I'd put my money on the "Go away" explanation of your dog's big yowl. 

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What did people used to believe was the reason their dogs howled at sirens?
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COMMENTS (105)
  • coopers-
    8/27/2015 - 11:32 a.m.

    I have a dog and she barks at anytning

  • kadew-
    8/27/2015 - 11:33 a.m.

    sweet good to know :)

  • sunl-nar
    8/27/2015 - 12:51 p.m.

    Maxu then why did you comment... -_-

  • jasmineg-nar
    8/27/2015 - 12:54 p.m.

    People used to believe that dogs howl at fire trucks because thier ears are sensitive and it hurt. Although could the be howling with the sirens?I believe they are ,dogs are very playful.????

  • jasmineg-nar
    8/27/2015 - 12:55 p.m.

    Loved it ????

  • tylery-nar
    8/27/2015 - 01:36 p.m.

    I always thought it was the hearing but now I get it

  • mitchellb-nar
    8/27/2015 - 01:36 p.m.

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  • laurenm-nar
    8/27/2015 - 02:16 p.m.

    Wow that makes sense now my dog does that too!

  • taylorg-nar
    8/27/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    That was interesting but I don't quite get it.

  • jordang-nar
    8/27/2015 - 02:32 p.m.

    I didn't know that about dogs and wolfs, I always thought that they howled and barked because it was a loud sound.

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