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** Why Do Dogs Howl? **

Elizabeth Palermo, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor
Date: 22 May 2013 Time: 05:46 PM ET

A wolf howls in front of the moon.
Dogs share their knack for howling with their distant relatives, the
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Understanding your dog's behavior can be a daunting task. For example, why
do dogs howl?

Researchers admit that howling behavior in dogs is still largely a mystery.
But if Fido goes wild at the sound of sirens or other dogs, it's not
because his ears hurt. It's his ancestry that's partly to blame.

Your pooch shares his penchant for howling with his distant relation, the
wolf. Much like barking or growling, howling is a deeply ingrained behavior
that helps wolves communicate with one another.

In the wild, a howl usually relays one of two messages: either to tell a
rival pack that they're encroaching on forbidden territory or to guide a
wayward wolf back to his pack.

If your dog howls in response to another dog or a loud siren, he may be
saying, "Get off my turf!" or just, "Where are you guys? I'm over here!"

And if your dog howls when you leave the house, it might be because he
thinks that this ruckus will trigger some response from you, his pack
leader. Your pet probably hopes that his howl will guide you home in

Source: www.livescience.com/34616-why-dogs-howl-sirens.html

why do dogs howl

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It is important to look at the dog's whole body and not just the mouth or
tail before deciding what the dog is trying to communicate. What appears
initially as aggression might be an invitation to play.

*Dog communication* refers to movements and sounds dogs use to send signals
to other dogs and other animals (usually humans). Dog communication comes
in a variety of forms and is part of the foundation of dog social behavior.

Dogs use certain movements of their bodies and body parts and different
vocalizations to express their emotions. There are a number of basic ways a
dog can communicate its feelings. These are movements of the ears, eyes,
eyebrows, mouth, nose, head, tail and entire body, as well as barks,
growls, whines and whimpers, and howls.

Dogs do not have eyebrows although some breeds have distinct markings.


· 1 Dominance and submission
· 2 Body movements

· 2.1 Tail
· 2.2 Baring Teeth
· 2.3 Ears
· 2.4 Mouth
· 2.5 Eyes and eyebrows
· 2.6 Feet and legs
· 2.7 Head

· 3 Vocalizations

· 3.1 Barks
· 3.2

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_communication

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