Why Your Dog Howls When You Howl

Dog Howling

Like wolves, dogs are pack animals by nature. When your dog howls along with you, it could remind you of a pack of wolves howling at full moon. The most likely reason for dogs that do this is due to the dog wanting to communicate with you.

There isn’t anything particularly “bad” about a dog that howls when you howl. Your dog might just be enjoying the moment and howling with you to reinforce social bonds within his pack. The only situation when it might not be considered good is if the dog howls excessively.

Dog howls can be context-dependent so one that does it too excessively might indicate something is causing the dog stress or anxiety. For example, the ASPCA suggests that excessive howling could occur as a result of separation anxiety.

The easiest way to check if the howling is associated with a positive or negative context is by seeing how else your dog behaves while howling. For example, a happy howl might be accompanied with constant tail wagging or joyful bouncing.

If you suspect it’s something negative then more investigation might be needed the next time your dog howls when you howl. Consider your dog’s daily lifestyle and see if there’s anything that’s causing him stress. If things get worse, consider consulting with a certified dog trainer or even a vet to make sure there aren’t any underlying health issues.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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