Personally I love hearing FattyBoy and Sheba howl on the rare occasion that they do howl. Some dogs howl more than others and some don’t howl at all.
All dogs are descendants of one of nature’s most beautiful creatures the wolf who is well known for his howling. Wolves howl to communicate with pack members who are a long way from the pack to guide them back at night.
The instinct your dog has to howl has been down to him through his genetic memory.
If you have asked what does it mean when my dog howls I’m sure well I hope you have been given several different reasons for the answer.
There are a number of different meanings for your dogs howling they all have one thing in common and that is your dog is trying to communicate something to you for one reason or another and if you pay attention you will be able to figure out what it means when your dog is howling.
ANXIETY / LONELY:
If you leave and come home to hear your dog howling away then your dog howling likely means your dog is experiencing separation anxiety.
I had a springer and cocker spaniel mix, his name was Wiser, and although I never heard him howl we had neighbors tell us that he would howl while we were gone.
Wiser’s howl meant he really didn’t like being home alone, that was over 20 years ago and I have learned a lot since then, Like taking the time to train your puppy how to be alone makes all the difference in the world.
20 years ago there weren’t as many options as we have today to handle separation anxiety so Wiser is the first dog I started paying for someone to dogsit for.
If your dog howling means he is dealing with separation anxiety the howling in most cases will be accompanied by other destructive behavior.
If you find that your dogs howling means he has anxiety one of the more popular ways pet owners are helping their dogs is with pet CBD oil.[
A visit to the vet if you are dealing with a severe case of separation anxiety is definitely something you should plan for your dog to get help.
In the wild a dog or wolf howls to alert a trespasser that he is entering an area of territory that is already claimed by another pack. It’s a warning to trespassers to enter at their own risk meaning you will be attacked if you enter his territory.
It is believed that when your dog sees a new person or hears a noise at home or in the yard and howls he could be instinctively howling to let you know that someone is approaching your territory.
Sometimes instead of barking to alert you dogs may howl to let you know. Your pooch may also be trying to let the visitor know they are on his territory.
When Fatboy howls mean that we have a visitor he digs deep for a tough guy howl and everyone is aware that he is serious.
Your dog’s howls may mean he is trying to get your attention. I know Fatboy howls at my husband when he is wanting to play and my husband isn’t paying attention to him, usually because he is sleeping.
Fatty also howls at me when he wants to come back in the house and I’m busy so I don’t let him in right away when he feels he has waited long enough he will start a mild version of a howl.
If you have a hunting breed your dog may howl to tell you he is hot on a trail or to alert you that they have found something that they want you to see.
When your dog howls for your attention and you don’t like it and prefer he doesn’t howl then when he does don’t give him attention wait until he is done howling and being quiet then reward him with attention.
When I met my husband 15 years ago he had a tiny brindle Chihuahua Chico was his name and when I would pick him up from the sitter he would be so happy in the car that we would howl together.
Chico and I got pretty close after all the howling sessions together in the car helping us bond.
When wild packs of dogs and wolf packs howl together it is believed they do it to bond with one another. They will also howl to guide hunting pack members back to the pack when they have been gone for a long period of time.
If you have been gone for a long day and your dog is howling when you get home it could mean he is trying to call you home to the Family pack..
There are also environmental triggers like the well known fire-truck sirens the police and ambulance sirens. Again this howl could mean your pooch is excited to join in the fun.
If you have a dog that doesn’t normally howl or howl a lot and it seems like they have suddenly for no reason started howling then your dogs howling likely means he is in pain.
We cry when we are in pain so why shouldn’t a dog do the same when in pain right.
The best thing to do if your pooch has suddenly started howling in excess is to take him to your family vet to find and remedy your pooches pain.
Your dog’s howls have different tones and pitches that they use when howling for different reasons if you listen and pay attention when your dog howls soon you will know what his howling means right when you hear the tone and pitch.
Mankind or us humans have been living with dogs at our sides for around some 40,000 years and yet we have very little scientific knowledge about dogs.
We can speculate or guess what the meaning of our dog’s actions is but there hasn’t been a lot of documented studies on dog behavior so we cant be 100% sure about everything.
What we do know for sure is that when they howl they are trying to tell us something, so get to know your dog listen and watch what he is saying to you and your bond will naturally strengthen.
Those of you who have spent a lot of time with your dogs know that your dogs communicate with you all the time you just have to pay attention to what they are trying to tell you.
Does your dog howl? Does he use a different method to communicate with you? Tell me and Fatty how you and your dog communicate with each other.
If your dog howls do you know the meaning of his howls? We would love to hear your howling report so please tell us yours in the comment section below.