Why do dogs howl? Vet Vs The Net

Have you ever wondered why dogs howl? You’re not alone! In fact, 2,400 people ask Google every month why dogs howl. It’s a good thing we have Dave the vet here with the answers…

So, why do dogs howl?

Just like barking, dogs howl as a way of communicating. They do it to communicate with other dogs, with their owners and to join in with other sounds, such as sirens from police cars, ambulances etc.

They can also do it when they are bored or lonely as a way of keeping themselves entertained.

Is it bad if my dog is howling?

As Dave says, dogs can howl in some cases because they’re feeling anxious. If you’re not sure whether your dog is feeling anxious, have a look at their environment. Is something going on that may cause anxiety or stress? A dog barking outside for example, or something going on in the house like a big move of furniture or a lot of guests. The first thing to do if you think your dog is anxious is to remove the source of it.

For more advice on anxiety in dogs, click here.

Dog howling or barking too much?

Just like barking, howling is an adorable sound, but you don’t want them doing it all of the time! If you think your dog is howling too much, there are methods of training the behaviour out of them.

Note: use positive reinforcement and never, ever scold your dog for barking or howling. To read more about stopping your dog from excessive barking or howling, click here.

‘I still have questions…’

If you need more information about dogs howling or if you have any concerns, speak to your vet. To find your nearest recommended vet or pet clinic, use our Find a Vet page.