Why Do Dogs Howl? These Are the Top 7 Reasons

1. It’s getting back to its roots

Breeds that can trace their roots back to wolves, like the husky, Alaskan malamute, Akita, and Shiba Inu, are more inclined to howl, says Stephen M. Katz.

2. It misses you

Two tell-tail—er, telltale—signs of separation anxiety are howling and acting out destructively, says Dr. Katz.

3. It’s communicating with other dogs

Two tell-tail—er, telltale—signs of separation anxiety are howling and acting out destructively, says Dr. Katz.

4. It’s just doing its job

Ever wonder, Why do dogs howl at sirens? And why do they make the same sound when my kid plays the trumpet? Well, it turns out they’re just doing their jobs.

5. It doesn’t feel good

Dogs may howl when they are sick, especially if they are crated or confined, as a way to let anyone in earshot know they’re not feeling well, says Jen Kasten

6. It wants attention

It’s pretty darn cute when a little puppy howls like it’s a big dog, but encouraging your wee pup could be one of the puppy training mistakes you’ll regret later.

7. It wants to share good news

Dogs howl when they’re happy and excited. Hunting breeds such as beagles, foxhounds, and basset hounds howl to alert their human hunting partners when they locate prey.