Hello KM...Happy New Year to you!! Thank you for asking this, although I own two dogs, I have never given this subject a thought, neither did I know anything about it. Got some info from google: There are a couple of explanations for why dogs howl at sirens/bells or, though not all dogs exhibit this behavior. Some think that a dog’s sensitive hearing is the direct cause and that they’re actually howling because they’re in pain. According to most experts, this is not the case and organizations like the American Kennel Club point to several other reasons why dogs howl at sirens instead.**Howling is not exclusive to dogs; it’s hard to forget the lonely cry of the wolf. Wolves and other pack animals do use howling, and although it sounds sad and lonely, it often serves another purpose. Because wolves and dogs both have very keen hearing, a howl can be heard from far away, and wolves use this as a form of communication and location. A howl can send up a signal that says “I’m here!” and the respondent howl of other wolves is a reply of “We’ve over here!” **When dogs howl at sirens/bells, they may very well be expressing this instinctual behavior too. Some sirens sound like the faraway howl of a dog (at least to other dogs), and the dog may merely be being helpful by sending up a response. One howl often leads to another, which is why you may hear a whole neighborhood of dogs howling in response. **If you’ve ever seen the Disney classic cartoon 101 Dalmatians, the twilight bark that occurs between dogs over long distances is a good example of this pack behavior at work. When one dog starts to bark, others follow, which can lead to barking or howling dogs for miles and miles. It’s a communication device and seems a natural response for dogs to bark or howl to each other, and it seems to be largely instinctual.**.
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