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 (141)
  • 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.

  • michaelw-
    8/28/2015 - 11:34 a.m.

    I didn't dogs hear things better then humus.

  • miked-
    8/28/2015 - 11:34 a.m.

    I have wondered why dogs howl

  • adelinab-
    8/28/2015 - 11:41 a.m.

    My dog aways howls at sirens. I am used to it!

  • jackg-
    8/28/2015 - 11:53 a.m.

    Wow this this article was amazing but I don't have any dogs at home I only have a cat

  • jessicat-sch
    8/28/2015 - 02:01 p.m.

    For a while people believed dogs howled at sirens because it hurt their ears since their hearing is so much more sensitive than ours. They also believed that the sound was irritating to them.

  • jordanh2-hol
    8/31/2015 - 10:13 a.m.

    Why do wolves have sensitive ears? Why do dogs have only a few different howls? In the canine species are there diffrent howls than other howls in the night? How do the dogs and wolves respond to yelling from its owner? Does the dog think that when you tell them something it's only barking?

  • jacksons-
    8/31/2015 - 11:08 a.m.

    But why do they howl.

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