Imagine being a dog and trying to communicate with humans? It’s hard enough to understand what barking dogs mean, but what about when they are howling, what are they trying to tell us or other dogs and animals around them?
Why Do Dogs Howl?
Not all dogs howl, and some breed do more than other. Beagles, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Husky are all known for their howling. Howling can provide a long-range communication with other dogs or owners. In the wild, howling can be used to locate another pack member, to keep strangers away, or to call the pack for hunting. It’ also known that some dogs howl when they have separation anxiety.
The truth is, domesticated dogs are descended from wild wolves. Wolves are known for their howling, which is used for communicating with other wolves and animals which may be miles away in the wild, yet their howling can still be heard from that far away. This trait has been passed down and still found within our domesticated pet dogs. Since humans are part of the dog’s family or pack, dogs may use howling to try and communicate with humans when they leave their dogs alone.