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Why Do Dogs Howl At Sirens?

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Rachel
Sep 1 ·
why do dogs howl at sirens

Every dog is different, and some are definitely more vocal than others. For example, some canines will bark at any little noise that they hear, while others don’t seem to react at all. However, some dog breeds will howl at certain sounds. So, why do dogs howl at sirens? There are a few different reasons that could be the cause, but it’s not 100% known why dogs like to howl at sirens passing by.

why do dogs howl at sirens

A few reasons why dogs howl at sirens

It’s important to remember that every dog is different, and they all come from different backgrounds. So, there could be many reasons as to why your dog is howling at sirens. But, here are just a few examples as to what your dog might be thinking when they hear a siren in the distance.

It’s because of their DNA

Your dog’s ancestry has a lot to do with the reason they howl at sirens. Dogs are descendants of wolves, who use howling as a form of communication. For example, if a wolf gets separated from its pack, it will howl, and the others will respond, helping the wolf find its way back.

Howling is a high-pitched sound, as are sirens. So, when your pooch howls at sirens in the distance, they may believe it’s another dog howling.

Your furry friend has much better hearing than you do. So, if they begin to howl at sirens way off in the distance, they might not recognize it as a siren. You may not hear it at first, but they do. As it gets closer, you’ll realize your doggo is simply barking at a firetruck.

Do sirens hurt dogs’ ears?

Another reason people seem to believe dogs howl at sirens is because it’s loud. When humans hear loud noises, especially high-pitched sounds, we can cover our ears with our hands. Dogs, on the other hand, can’t do that.

Dogs might howl back at sirens to combat the noise if it’s too loud. However, veterinarians don’t believe this is the case. They think that some dogs might howl at the sirens because it reminds them of certain events, or they associate the howling with chasing the noise away. Sirens are typically driving by, so they come and go. Your dog doesn’t realize this, so when they howl, and the sound fades away, your pooch might think the siren “ran away” from their howl.

why do dogs howl at sirens

Your dog believes it’s protecting you

In addition, your pooch might also howl at sirens because they’re trying to alert you to the sound. They don’t know what the siren is. All they know is that it could be harmless, or it could be a threat. So, they feel the need to let you know (or attempt to scare it away) so that it doesn’t come near you or their territory. In other words, your doggo is being loyal and looking out for you.

Which dog breeds tend to howl at sirens the most?

Again, every dog is an individual. Whether they howl at sirens or not will depend on their personality, background, and the way they were raised. However, some dog breeds tend to howl at sirens more than others.

For example, breeds closely related to wolves, such as Huskies, Malamutes, and American Eskimos, are prone to howling at high-pitched sounds. In addition, other breeds known for being vocal or helping with hunting back in the day, such as Beagles, Foxhounds, and Coonhounds, are also likely to howl at sirens.

Why do some dogs not howl at sirens?

Every dog is different. Some might not feel the need to. A dog might not think the siren is a threat, and they ignore it. In addition, your doggo might even feel secure in their home and feel like it’s not needed to chase away the siren.

How to get your dog to stop howling at sirens

Sirens are nothing to be concerned about. You know that, but your dog doesn’t know that. In addition, howling can be loud and can go on for a long time. You might think it’s cute, but your neighbors might not think so. So, how do you get your pooch to stop howling at sirens?

All it takes is a little training and positive reinforcement. When your dog howls at a siren, ignore them completely. If a siren passes by and your pooch doesn’t react, then be sure to praise them and reward them. Over time, they’ll learn sirens are nothing to be worried about, and your canine won’t bother howling at them again.

why do dogs howl at sirens

Why do dogs howl at sirens?

The answer isn’t as clear, but there are a few reasons behind it. Ultimately, it depends on your dog’s personality, temperament, and breed background. Some will howl to their heart’s content, while others will let it pass.

Similar reading: learn more about why your dog does certain things

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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