It may be difficult to remember that your cuddly canine companion is descended from wolves, but sometimes they do little things that make it obvious that their origins were that of the wild. Howling is one of those things.
If you've ever wondered why your dog howls, read on to discover the most common causes. There can be many reasons, but occasional howling is a natural and normal behavior for many canines. If it is becoming a problem, this article will also give you some tips and tricks to help deal with excessive howling.
One of the most common reasons that dogs howl is simply as a response to another howling sound. This is an instinctive behavior that traces back to their days in a wolf pack, which use howling as an important communication tool. Howling carries over long distances, so far-flung members of the pack can hear it and trace it back to its source. It also warns other dogs who aren't members of the pack that this area is occupied. This is also why dogs howl at sirens. The high-pitched noise reminds them of another dog howling.
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