If you have a puppy or a dog, you know they bark. Of course, your dog may bark at random sounds. While each furry friend is different, some dogs may choose to communicate vocally based on the sounds they hear. So we had to find out more about the popular dog topic, "why do dogs scream at sirens?" We sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to learn more about dogs and howls and what it can really mean for your best friend.
Why do dogs scream at sirens?
chooses to sue as a way of expressing themselves. But why do they choose to do so?
how about sirens? Wilde weighs the potential reasons why dogs scream
” No one knows for sure, but it is believed that dogs screaming at sirens interpret the sirens as other screaming dogs. Dogs use howls to find each other, so it is possible that the dog calls in to let the other dog know where the fire truck is. "
Each dog will respond differently to environments, stimulation and sounds. Some dogs may also be more sensitive to certain sounds. Read The VCA Fear in Dogs Guide here for an additional resource for communication.
Injury sirens to dog ears
If it is loud to your ears, it can damage your dog's ears, right? It depends on how your dog responds to the noise.
For example, behavior should always be interpreted in relation to what your dog is doing at that time. If your dog seems relaxed and does not seem to be trying to get away from the noise, then that sound is unlikely to damage the dog's ears, says Wilde
. Consider documenting your dog's behavior and reaching out to your veterinarian. your dog's reaction to sound, talk to your pet's veterinarian. They can determine if your dog needs further testing.
Why do not dogs shout at sirens?
Whether you have a small puppy or a large adult dog, have you probably heard them scream. While all dogs are different, some dogs may choose not to howl and that's okay. In addition, your dog's communication style is unique and personal to them.
Dog Breeds and Howls
Your dog breed can affect many factors such as their size, weight, coat or behavior. But can it help determine how vocal they are when it comes to sirens? When it comes to dog breeds, "there are no specific breeds, but in my experience it seems to occur more frequently in herd dogs," Wilde points out.
It can also be helpful to see your dog's behavior around different stimuli and see how they respond and how their behavior can change over time. Furthermore, a puppy may not respond in the same way as an older dog.
If you notice any abnormal behavior or anxiety in your dog, talk to your veterinarian. They can help determine the root of the problem and recommend a treatment plan.
Why do dogs scream at sirens? They can
try to communicate with another dog
Whether you have an Australian Shepherd, Chihuahua or Labrador Retriever, your dog can be judged by the environment, the situation or their unique personality. But by watching your dog's behavior and communicating with your veterinarian, you may be able to hear your household's special disposition day or night.
To learn more about
dog communication, read How Do Dogs
Communicate? The dog owner's questions answered
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