Prolonged dog howling is often alarming to people and even gives rise to concern in them, because a lot of mysticism is associated with this phenomenon! But it is not necessary to rank it among the occult or magic, the reason lies on the surface. The fact is that even domestic breeds of dogs are fairly close relatives of wolves and have inherited from them certain habits and behavioral patterns.
In a pack, wolves are used to communicating with each other using a howl. For each member of the pack, belonging to a family is of great importance. Therefore, if one of the wolves is far away from their own people or is sad and missed communication, then he raises his face up and sings a beautiful long song that his compatriots will surely hear.
Canine howls are explained in the same way. If the puppy misses his mother or his brothers and sisters, or the adult dog is left alone for a long time, then he begins to whine or howl loudly in order not to feel lonely. The dog’s hearing is much sharper than human and it has long been proven that they can easily distinguish notes in the semitone range. Therefore, they can easily hear a distant howl that the human ear cannot perceive.
People sometimes think that dogs start howling for no reason. In fact, if the dog whined or began to howl, then it is highly likely that he simply responds to the howl of another animal that a person cannot hear.
Even in nature there is such a thing as singing dogs to music. If a dog began to sing along to a piece or whine when, for example, a person began to play the piano, this does not mean that the composition is not to his taste. If the dog does not like the sound, he will not howl under it, but will simply go to another room. And singing means sympathy from the dog and a desire to join this song. For the same reason, wolves sometimes howl.
- Happiness. You should not be surprised, because dogs are also susceptible to emotions. She will be glad to see her master on the threshold of the house and howl at the same time, or howl to the music that causes positive emotions in her;
- Howl at the moon. Dogs cannot, like humans, distinguish colors and see everything in black and white. With the onset of the full moon, the animal, taking the moon to the sun, cannot fall asleep, begins to irritate and howl;
- Mystic. There is a folk trick that the dog's howl is a harbinger of death or fire. If a dog howls at the sky - then there will be a fire, if at the ground - then there will be a dead man in the family. Even scientists agree that dogs can predict death, because they have a very well developed sense of smell, and shortly before the death in the human body, various processes begin to slow down, and because of this, the smell changes. Only a dog can feel it.
Howling dog: what to do?
A dog's howl is not a very pleasant thing for human hearing, at night it can be annoying and keep you awake. But you should not scold the dog, he does not do it on purpose. Here it is necessary to act methodically and calmly, in this case the animal will gradually wean howl, will not bring inconvenience.
To understand how to wean a dog howl, need to find the immediate cause of the problem. If the dog does not want to stay at home alone, then you need to accustom him to this. For this, you will have to periodically leave for a short period of time, thus you will let the dog understand that you will definitely return. With each departure, the time spent outside the home needs to be increased, then the dog will get used and stop crying.
If the dog is sick, then it must be given medication or taken to the vet.
Often the dog wants to attract the attention of his master and begins to howl, but this provocation does not need to be paid attention, it is better to simply ignore. It is impossible to scold the animal, because it is also a manifestation of attention, your pet will understand that he won in this confrontation and will howl even more intensely and louder.
Dogs are animals that are very sensitive to the environment, so if it is annoyed by extraneous sounds, then just try to distract the pet from them. Play with him or turn on a quiet program on TV. Dogs are very sensitive creatures, and in order to make the dog happy, you just need to communicate with him more often.
People used to think that if a dog howls, it is a bad sign. This also has its explanation - long ago, when a man was forced to defend himself against wild wolves and was afraid that his home could be invaded, howling serves as a signal of the impending danger. It remains in the memory of people on the gene. But one should not be biased towards the howl of his four-legged pet. In this way, he simply tries to join the dog brotherhood or wants to feel not alone in this vast world!