Howl at the Moon

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There are many myths associated with a dog howling at the moon, but the truth is that there is no actual relationship between the presence of a moon and a dog howling. Dogs howl at more than just the moon, here are some common things that provoke the mysterious howl:

  • Being left alone for long stretches of time
  • Needing to communicate with other dogs
  • Other neighborhood dogs participating in the howl chorus
  • Responding to a siren, ambulance or fire truck.

Neat tidbit- Dogs also howl to signal location when they are hunting. When my husband lived in Connecticut and took his Brittany Spaniels out hunting they would howl if they put up a pheasant and it landed in a tree.

No matter the reason behind a dog’s howl, they howl because it is part of their ancestry. Dogs are related to the wolf and the wolves use howling to communicate with each other. Not all reasons for a dog’s howl is bad, so try not to let your superstitions take over.

 

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