Why do dogs howl?
Some owners complain that dogs howl at night. Others themselves have never heard a howling pet, but disgruntled neighbors convince the opposite. Still others, returning from work, do not have time to open the door – as plaintive howls are already heard on the other side. Examples can go on and on. But there is only one problem – howl. Why does a dog howl at home or in the yard? How to deal with this? About this in our article.
Howling dogs can scare. Especially if it suddenly rings out in the middle of the night. We still remember the old signs that repeat: the dog howls unfortunately. But in practice, everything is much more prosaic. We list the main causes of “bad” behavior and suggest methods of dealing with them.
Why the dog howls: reasons
No matter how tame the dog was, the wolf was and remains its ancestor. Howling for wolves is a way of communication. The closer the dog is to the wolf, the greater the likelihood that she will decide to “rise to the moon.” For example, howls are often “carried away” by husky. So dogs are looking for communication with their relatives, and perhaps respond to a fellow click from the street, which the human hearing simply did not catch.
What to do?
Variety of leisure, do not let the dog get bored, distract her attention and fix the training. Let the pet play with the dogs for longer on the court, communicate more often and play with it, work out the commands “Voice!” And “Quiet!”. The next time the dog wails, distract her attention or give the command. Do not forget to reward the goodies for the performance!
Why does the dog howl at home?
Longing for the master, boredom, discontent
These are the most common reasons why dogs howl.
“Does the dog howl at night?” That’s right, the owners are sleeping, and she’s bored.
“The neighbors complain about howling, but have you never heard him?” The dog howls when you are at work. Because he is yearning.
– The dog howls when the owner leaves for work? She is trying to keep him.
“Does the dog howl in the yard?” Well, what else could she do there?
In 95% of cases, howling is an attempt to cope with boredom, longing or to express dissatisfaction with the current situation.
What to do?
Try to provide the pet with the most interesting leisure. The dog should not be bored, should not feel abandoned by the owner, should not be afraid of loneliness. The best helpers in this are toys that the pet can play on its own, without your participation. This is for example:
– textile toys like Kong Wild Knots or Aromadog (which, incidentally, have a slight soothing effect),
– toys with various sound effects: tweeters, crunches (like bones and crispy sticks Kong),
– toys for filling treats as the most reliable way to captivate a dog for a long time,
– toys that imitate objects that dogs simply love to nibble (Dogwood sticks or Deerhorn deer horns),
– anti-vandal toys for dogs with very strong jaws, and many others.
So that the dog does not lose interest in games, it should have several different toys and they need to be alternated periodically.
Dogs howl: reasons
Fear, severe stress
The pet can howl, because it is very worried. Fire engine sirens, fireworks, thunder outside the window, home repairs – all these and many other irritants can cause the dog to howl. So she expresses her fear, and in no case should she be punished for it.
What to do?
It remains either to wait out, or to eliminate irritants if possible. With severe and periodic stresses, the dog needs to be given special sedatives. Your veterinarian will recommend them.
The cause of howling can be various ailments. Diseases are not always accompanied by other symptoms, and you can not suspect them.
What to do?
If you think that the pet is howling for no reason, visit your veterinarian as a prophylaxis. It will be useful in any case.
Each dog is an individual. One joyfully licks the owner from head to toe, the other restrains his tail with restraint, and the third may begin to howl. Your case?
What to do?
The problem is solved exclusively by education. Work out the commands “Quiet!” And “Not!”
Some dogs dream of becoming opera divas or rock singers. They just love to sing. Any music that reaches their ears can become a reason to howl howl. So what? Talent, as they say, you can’t hide!
Rejoice! Unless, of course, the dog howls not too much and does not bother the neighbors. A singing pet is a matter of pride. You can create a real group with him, or you can just laugh at him from the heart!
But if howls are inconvenient, the problem is solved by education. Fix the command “Quiet!”, Listen to music with headphones, and during your music lessons, ask your relatives to take the dog for a walk – be creative.