Why is my dog ​​howling and what do I do to stop it?

Like other animals, dogs use their vocal cords to communicate with the world around them, including their owners. However, it is difficult to know what they are trying to convey when they do. Do they want food or attention? Is it an instinctive habit or do they need to communicate something to us? Although we cannot always know why our dogs howl, We have listed some of the main reasons why they do it and the steps you can take to alleviate it.

Separation anxiety

If you have noticed that your dog has started to howl excessively recently or if the neighbors have alerted you that lately you but howls when you are away from home, it could be a clear indication that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. Dogs are social animals and, just like us, they can feel lonely if they are without company for a long time. If you think that your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety, you can reinforce that idea if he also has a destructive behavior, relieves himself at home and you notice him depressed. A useful measure to avoid it is to leave it alone for periods of time that gradually increase.

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Attention

Even if your dog doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety, he can sometimes howl to get your attention. As pack animals that they are, this is a common practice: your dog may start howling when you get home, or when he sees you take his leash or when he goes for a walk. These excited barks are nothing more than a way to communicate with you.

It is important that, as far as possible, dedicate quality time to your dog: exercise, pampering and lots of games that stimulate both mentally and physically.

However, if you think your dog is howling excessively, there are training techniques that can be helpful. Like, for example, rewarding him with a treat when he stops howling.

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Environment

You may have detected that your dog barks when he hears sirens or high-pitched sounds in his environment. As you already know, dogs constantly evaluate their surroundings, their environment, and are always alert to this type of noise.

Over time, it is normal for dogs to become desensitized to everyday sounds in your area, but if this persists and you think he may be stressed, you can try distracting him. For example, with fun games for him like “search.” Or maybe it can be useful to expose him to these sounds in an environment where he feels safe and of course with your company. This is not easy to achieve as it requires a lot of perseverance and perseverance.

Sleep

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Like us, dogs react physically to their dreams and can howl, bark, whine, whine, and the all-too-common tail and leg movement. Therefore, it should not be worrying if your dog howls in dreams and on time.. However, if your dog feels excessive anxiety or recreates constant sounds of fear or pain when he is sleeping, it is best to visit the vet.

Medical problems

The last cause, and also the most serious, would be that your dog howls because of a medical problem. If your dog’s howls are constant, and you have already been able to rule out the above reasons, it is certainly time to consult the vet for a check-up.

Why is my dog ​​howling
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Excessive howling can be irritating but is generally not a cause for concern. The important thing is to try to identify the underlying cause in order to apply simple measures that modify the environment or help alleviate the stress that our dog may suffer.

 

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