Why do dogs howl? It starts with wolf ancestry, but there are many reasons why dogs howl. Let’s review some of them here.
No matter where you live, you almost certainly have had the experience of being out on the stoop or porch late at night and hearing the unmistakable sound of dogs howling in the distance. Sometimes, I have the same thought as Bram Stoker’s famous vampire, “Listen to them — the children of the night. What music they make!” That often leads me to think of Dracula’s strange and threatening agenda, and I start to wonder if the howling dogs are, in fact, making music, or if they are plotting the overthrow of humanity and the establishment of universal dog empire. So, why do dogs howl?