Why Does Street Dogs Howl At Night? – Reasons Enlisted Here
We are sure that most of us have been woken up in the middle of the night by dogs howling in the distance. Or maybe you’re a dog owner and know exactly what howling sounds like from up close. Whenever we hear a dog howl, we associate this behavior with its ancestors – the wolves, does this really make sense?
Pawsibilties are here again to tell about the possible reasons why a street dog howls at night. Check out the reasons below:
Have you ever thought that, why a pet dog does not howl in night and a street dogs howls. Why it is so? Instead of shouting at them try to understand why they howl at night.
We have often seen dog howls at new cars on street or a stray dog passing by, this is its way of marking its territory.
Only Way of Communication – Howling
The only way to communicate for dogs is via howling. Often when a dog hears other dogs howling, does not whether they are near by or far away, it’ll howl along in solidarity. The basic reason behind a group of dogs howling is to chase away any dogs that does not belong there.
Other main reason is when one dog has found something and he/ she wants to inform it to others, and no doubt, mostly its food. This behavior is particularly found in the case for hunting dogs, who usually howl in order to alert their owners that they have found the prey.
Sometimes Stimulated by External Sounds
Not all but some dogs howl and when they are, its mainly by external noises. They have a high hearing capability, because of which they can hear the sound, which a human cannot hear. Typically, at night ambulance or police sirens echoing in the night triggers their howl. This is probably because the siren is high-pitched, and it sounds very similar to howling. Some dogs even howl when they hear squeaky toys and other high-pitch producing items, as their sound usually resembles a howl to them.
Main Reason – Loneliness or Separation Anxiety
Canines are amazingly social and love investing energy with their owners and relatives. They bond rapidly and get attached to their owners and caretakers. So when they are left alone for a while, and they are not use to it, then they develop separation anxiety.
Your dog howls is a sign of dissatisfaction of being left behind at home, Make sure to provide it with a lot of toys and enough space to move around while you’re away.
At the point when canines are focused on as a result of being disregarded, they may bite on your shoes or the furnishings. They likewise won’t spare a moment to wail and bark the entire day. To enable your canine to adapt, a decent choice is to get another canine to stay with it. If not possible, give toys to keep your dog engaged. Your dog won’t feel totally alone, they will get over anxiety of separation a lot quicker.
Sick Dogs Often Howl
When a person/people is injured or ill, they can easily communicate this with others by talking and crying. But if a dog is hurt or ill, it howls showing a sign of discomfort or pain. Sometimes, the injury is external, so you can easily see what’s wrong. But if you can’t locate it, your dog may not be feeling well or have an internal injury.
To recognize whether the dog is howling because he/she is in pain, pay attention to the duration of the howling. If it is very short ( it stopped after a minute or so), then you probably have nothing to worry about. But if the dog keeps howling for an extended period, you should take him/her to the vet.
Howling is the common way of seeking attention towards themselves. Howling can be low pitched or high pitched, it depends on the breed. For example if we take the Siberian and Alaskan Huskies, American Eskimo dogs, Beagles, and Dachshunds, these are some of the most vocal dog breeds. They express their need of attention with long howls hoping to get you interested. If they are not happy with something they will let you know via howling.
Do Not Just Get up and throw a stone on dogs in order to stop their howling, you never know they may need your help.
Save Them, Adopt Them, Give Them the life which they deserve.