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Why Do Dogs Howl at Sirens?

by Sarene Maev Butao September 24, 2019

Why Do Dogs Howl at Sirens?


A dog’s behavior can be somewhat confusing at some times. Eating their own poop, treating cats as friend or foe, and among other things. These behaviors can be fun to look at, and at other times, irritating, especially when your dog comes home all wet and muddy from getting that tennis ball out of the pond.

However, there’s one behavior that stands tall among them all, and this is howling at sirens. So what’s with the fuzz of all these dog and siren relationship? Should you be worried with this kind of behavior thinking that your dog might be in danger? Let’s find out below.

Howling at Sirens

Ever wonder when a fire truck passes by your home and your dog suddenly sits there and starts howling? Keep your calm down because this behavior is completely normal. The reason they howl is because of their nature that came from the wolves. Whenever wolves howl in unison, they are trying to signal where they are located at the moment so the rest of the pack will know where they are. 

Dogs often mistaken sirens as a wolves howl that’s why they tend to howl their hearts out whenever a firetruck or police siren is wailing around nearby. At other times, when your neighbor’s dog howls, your dog will do the same too just like what wolfs do. 

The Sound of Wolves

If you’ve ever been to the wilderness and heard the sound of wolves howling in unison, you’ll probably know why dogs do the same thing in your home when sirens are passing by. When there’s a prey nearby, wolves howl to unite together and attack it, so be careful if you’re wandering out alone in the woods as wolves may see you as a prey. You’ll probably end up as a happy meal if that is the case, so better yet, stop acting like Lara Croft if you are in danger.

Most of the time, wolves howl because it acts as a natural GPS for them. The sound of their howls can travel so far that the rest of the pack can actually hear it. And since dogs are the descendants of wolves, they will emit the same behavior when sirens are around, signaling that they are currently safe at their owner’s hands.   

The Sound of Sirens: Should You Be Worried?

The answer is no. Dog’s howling at sirens are again, complete normal. They didn’t howl because it hurt their ears, they howl because they interpret the siren as a wolves howl that unifies them together, or as mentioned earlier, a natural GPS for them. If you notice that your dog is imposing a different behavior when sirens are nearby such as running, or panicking, then this is a sign that your dog is being hurt by its sound. However, this case only happens occasionally. But if that is the case, a trip to your vet’s office is the best thing you can do.

Check out more dog friendly tips like Do dog's have a secret language and dental health tips for dogs.

Sarene Maev Butao
Sarene Maev Butao

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