Have you ever listened to a siren going off only to hear your dog join in outside? You might think it’s odd, but if you were a dog, you would howl at the sirens too!
Why Do Dogs Howl at Sirens?
Dogs have a very special ability that we lack: their sense of hearing. Dogs can hear much more than humans can and their hearing is very sensitive. Sirens are not particularly loud to humans, but they would be deafeningly loud to a dog. Dogs howl at sirens because the sounds of sirens literally hurt their ears!
Howling at sirens is something that dogs do naturally and will continue to do so even if you ask them not to. If you live in a city and often hear your dog howling at sirens, it might be worth mentioning to someone who can help prevent these sounds from disturbing your pet.
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Sirens are only one of the many sounds that dogs will howl at, however. Other loud and sudden noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms can also cause them to howl.
Dogs sometimes howl at sirens because the noise hurts their ears or they associate it with something negative, but sometimes they just join in because they want to!
This is because howling at sirens is a natural behavior for dogs and it’s normal for them to do it.
Howling at sirens can be frustrating, but also very cute. You might even get a few funny looks from people around you if your dog decides to join in the chorus!
Do Sirens Hurt My Dog’s Ears?
Do sirens hurt my dog’s ears? Many people wonder if their dogs’ sensitive hearing is bothered by the sound of fire engines and ambulances, police cars, and other emergency vehicles. Let’s discover what experts think about this question.
People often ask, “Do sirens hurt my dog’s ears?” It might be a reasonable question, but the reality is that even though sirens are high pitched, they probably won’t hurt your dog’s ears.
There are several reasons to doubt that a siren could harm your dog’s hearing. First of all, you have to consider frequency. The pitch of a sound is measured by its frequency in hertz (Hz). Humans can usually hear sounds between 20 and 20,000 Hz. In fact, the average adult male has a hearing range from around 16 to 18,000 Hz , while women usually hear from about 12 to 20,000 Hz. Dogs have a much wider hearing range than humans do – it can be anywhere from 40 to 60,000 Hz.
In addition to dogs’ wider hearing range, dogs are also better at noticing changes in frequencies. This means that they are more likely to be aware of the high pitch of a siren than people would.
The fact that dogs can hear higher pitches probably has something to do with their evolutionary history. It’s thought that before dogs became domesticated, they had to be able to hear the high-pitched sounds that their predators made.
In addition to being more likely to notice a siren, dogs also have better overall hearing than humans do. So if you’re worried about what your dog thinks of the noise from emergency vehicles, don’t worry too much. Your dog probably loves the sirens.
What Is the Most Likely Dog Breed to Howl at Sirens?
Ever hear a dog howl and think, “Oh no! Something must be wrong!” or “That poor thing just wants to be let in!” Then you hear the siren of an emergency vehicle and… surprise! That was no distressed pup; it’s actually most likely a dog who is enjoying himself. That’s right—dogs howl with joy, not sadness.
According to most experts, dog breeds that are more distantly related to wolves are more likely to howl at sirens than other types of dogs. This means that breeds like the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky (both of which are sled dogs) and even hunting and herding dogs like the English Foxhound, Beagle, German Shorthaired Pointer, and Border Collie is more likely to howl at sirens.
How do I stop my dog from howling at sirens?
There’s no way to stop your dog from howling if he really wants to, but you can try distracting him by giving him a treat or playing with him when you hear the siren. A word of caution: Don’t punish your hound for howling. It’s not fair, and it won’t work. Dogs howl because they feel a need to, not because they want to bother you.
“Sirens going off is one of the biggest triggers for noise phobia,” said Cesar Millan, a Los Angeles-based dog trainer, and co-star of “The Dog Whisperer,” with his lead character, Cesar Milan.
As the noise gets closer, or as it seems to be getting louder, your dog will begin to feel more and more anxious. And as the sound becomes unbearable to his sensitive ears, he’ll panic and howl. So what can you do? “You have to accustom them so they don’t get anxious,” said Millan.
How to acclimate your dog will depend on the severity of their reaction, so start by turning your radio or TV to a low volume when you hear the siren and slowly work up to the full blast. If that doesn’t work, try playing music during this time. Don’t forget to reward your pup for good behavior.