Why Dogs Howl

howling dogs

Well, Labor Day is behind us, which means summer is almost over, which makes us sad here at Petswelcome. And when we’re sad, we feel like howling. Actually, when it comes to the doggoes here, Rusty and Hobbes, they actually do howl. Though we’ve got to say that Hobbes howls more than Rusty; Rusty is more of a barker. Hobbes can’t stand it when someone leaves the office, and expresses that with very forlorn and persistent howling.

So back to the passing of Labor Day and feeling like we want to howl–it got us to thinking about why dogs howl. A bit a quick research unearthed the main instigators of howling–loneliness, separation anxiety, communication. It also led us to something more fun and intriguing, research that indicates when canines howl in groups, it’s for enjoyment, kind of a form of musical expression. In fact, researchers posit that canines have a sense of pitch, and when they howl with others (check out this video of a wolf joining in a chorus), they purposely change their pitch so that they are not howling in the same register–apparently everybody wants to be a soloist!

And we know from our own pup pack at Petswelcome that everyone has their own particular sound. Here are some of our favorite howling dogs from youtube: basset hound; vizsla; corgi; doberman; and bracco Italiano.

This also led us to discover that various composers have written pieces that include dog howls and barks in them, including “Sonata with Piano and Dog,” by Kirk Nurock, who performed it on The David Letterman Show.

So if you’re also sad that Labor Day has come and gone, why not make some music with your best buddy? Just get down on the floor with him and howl at the soon-to-be autumn moon!

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