One of the things I consistently recall about my husky is the howling. Huskies don't tend to bark like other dog breeds, but they are very vocal with howling and “talking”. Howling is easier to detect at a distance than barking, and thus, it's easier to find another dog at a distance. By the time it's your time, you'll have conversations with them. While domesticated huskies no longer need to bark to communicate, there is a lot we can learn about why huskies bark and what they're trying to say when they do.
Why Do Huskies Howl Like Wolves
It’s hard to distinguish Huskies from wolves because they’re closely related to wolves. You'll never guess at a close relationship between huskies and wolves. One look at a picture of a husky and you should recognize that the dogs are much more related than you might expect. Huskies howl because they want to warn others of predators and other dangers. It's the reason howling by huskies is very similar to howling by wolves in the wild. When a wolf is separated from the pack, it's best to howl the call. Barking might be loud, but the short sounds make it hard for other wolves to pinpoint where the bark came from. Sound travels through the air and becomes easier to identify with howling. To communicate, animals have evolved vocalizations that pass through the air to send messages to other members of their pack. When a husky howls, there’s no mistaking the kinship with wolves.
Why the Husky Howl at Car Sirens and at the Baby
While there's no wonder that if your husky hears another dog howling, he will join in. A tall, lanky husky might begin barking like a dog in the video below, if you hear a siren in the distance. Howl-owls howl at sirens as an instinctual response. Their instincts hear the siren as another howler in the distance calling out to them, so they return the call.
You can learn more about huskies on this page. Imagine a lost hound howling in the distance to call out to the other pack. A husky will normally bark when it needs its pack.
Once you hear the siren, you might wish there was a way to turn it off. But, alas, that’s just the way it works with huskies. When they hear the siren, they know it’s their owner’s call for help, and they hear it as a distant siren.
A larger example of a husky's instincts kicking in is when they hear a baby crying. It's a bit harder to understand why huskies howl and "talk" when they hear human babies crying.
Husky parents may think of their dog as a member of the family, so they might even be joining in with the baby's howling. Huskies like to howl together, so your husky might be joining in as you both yelp and whine together.
The dog's reaction to your own crying could be due to its ability to distinguish between your own, sympathetic tears, and someone else's, unsympathetic ones.
While we'll never know what really goes through a husky's head when they hear a baby crying, there's plenty of reason to believe that the husky recognizes the crying as pain.
A crying baby will often calm down if you play a husky puppy's favorite song.
Husky owners often find that howling huskies do wonders to calm down crying babies, and you can start your own howling session by listening to your husky's favorite song, as heard in this video by Baby Animal Sounds.
Howling can be fun and it can also be annoying if your dog is in the wrong mood to play. But it's an essential skill to teach your dog and it will help your baby sleep better.
To make your howling session a success, choose a song that your dog enjoys and play it in a quiet room. If your dog is still young and inexperienced with howling, start slow and increase the volume over time.
What Does A Husky’s Howling Mean
You can understand husky behavior if you know what they're up to. For instance, a husky will howl when it's hungry, when it's ready to play, and for other reasons.
When your dog starts howling, it's a sign of excitement. For example, if you just get home and your dog starts barking, it's a sign of excitement.
But if you’re just about to leave for work and your dog starts howling, the meaning behind that howl is clearly different.
A howl doesn't have a single clear meaning, but it can be used for many different situations.
It's important to understand your husky's actions so you can interpret howling and barks in context.
Do Husky Puppies Howl?
Although it is rare to hear a Husky puppy hiss, that doesn't mean they don't try. Husky puppies are not different from other Husky dogs in howls. They will learn how to howl from hearing other dogs, so there is a good chance.
Although their young vocal chords can't produce a full-throated howl yet, they will try to mimic other experienced dogs by howling.
Huskies can learn how to howl naturally, but they will learn faster if there is an older Husky in the household. Dogs learn from one another well. One Husky is all it takes to show them what they can accomplish.
SIX REASONS HUSKIES CAN HOWL
Your Husky's howls are not just motivated by the need to alert other Huskies and their owners to their location. You will be able to see that your Siberian Husky howls in these situations if you're attentive.
1. As a response to another howl
Your Husky will respond to a scene in a movie where a wolf howls. It happens all the times.
If you haven't had this experience with your Husky before, watch the YouTube video below. They'll likely become fascinated right away and then start to howl with their own cries.
A Siberian Husky will howl to identify itself with another Husky instinctually. Your Husky will attempt to do the same as wolves who howl to communicate where they are to the pack.
2. They hear high-pitched sounds.
Huskies may howl when they hear a high pitched sound calling for help. Both the sirens of an ambulance or the cry of a baby are good examples.
Although they sound different from other Huskies sirens, baby crying is a high-pitched sign of alarm that could be misinterpreted as a call to another Husky.
This is again due to instincts. Even if your Husky never lived in a "dog pack" during the sled-dog days, it is instinctual.
Note Not only can ambulance sirens trigger a howl, but so are other sounds. There are many other potential triggers for howling, including sirens from police, fire engines, and tornadoes. Playing different sirens and noises would be a fun way to test your dog's response.
3. If the Husky is ill and must inform its owner
Howls could also be distress , anxiety, or stress. You may need to bring your Husky to the vet if they are constantly howling at no particular object.
Siberian Huskies are a healthy breed. However, their good health can be endangered by hereditary eyes disease and canine hip dysplasia. It's common for dogs to lash-out due to injuries.
These issues are more common in Huskies than other breeds so be aware of signs. If you think about it, howling is another way of communicating with your Huskies.
4. If they are anxious or have an attachment problem.
Dogs can experience attachment problems just like humans. A Husky that has been left behind for longer than usual will feel abandoned or lonely . does not recommend Huskies to busy owners.
The feeling of abandonment can cause a feeling of anxiety. They may respond by howling to try to get you back to them. You can find many Huskies howling in the absence of their owners if you search YouTube.
Huskies can be social or loyal dogs. The family is the pack in a home. To keep them happy, they need lots of affection and love. The AKC refers to them as " outgoing", which could explain attachment problems.
5. They are happy when they are
This is where things can get confusing. Howls don't always indicate distress, pain, anxiety, or anxiety. A Husky's high-pitched howl can be a sign of the joy that they experience when they see a friend for the first time.
When their owner returns from work, or on a long vacation, you will hear a happy expression when the Husky howls. This is different than the howls of sadness and pain. It's difficult to explain as every Huskie will sound differently.
6. They want to share danger when they sense it.
Dogs seem to have a sixth sense in danger. This can partly be attributed to their enhanced senses of smell and hearing. Siberian Huskies make a great example.
Huskies may howl to alert their master when they sense danger. Their howl will draw your attention, and then try to guide you away from "dangerous areas".
Everybody knows that Huskies don't make great guard dog. Because they are far too friendly for an intruder, However, their adaptive Intelligence is high and they are highly capable of spotting a danger. They'll be alerting, not protecting.
Husky Howling "Too Much?"
Do you need to be concerned if your Husky is howling too loudly? Huskies can howl for many reasons. Be cautious if your Siberian howls too often. This could indicate anxiety, sickness, or behavioral problems.
As stated above, a sick Husky or lonely Husky may howl more to seek out attention. To rule out the possibility of an illness in your Siberian, consult a veterinarian.
The first and second reasons are the most common explanations for excessive howling. However, if your Husky is healthy, there is a possibility that he may have behavioral problems.
Training is required if a dog behaviorist confirms your suspicion. To stop the excessive howling, you could consult the behaviorist. These two DIY techniques may be able to solve the problem.
Learn the "Stop Commands"
Dogs are very trainable dogs. We wouldn't have reached the level of domestication we enjoy today if they weren't.
Siberian Huskies have a free-spirited side and a stubborn one. This doesn't mean they can't be trained . It's all about choosing the right motivators to suit your dog.
If your Husky is a bit too loud, I suggest using the principles for operant conditioning in order to reward positive behavior as well as 'punish' bad behavior. The first command you need to teach is "stop."
If your dog howls, and you tell it to stop, then give it its favorite food. If your command is not followed, you can take the dog's favorite toy or deprive it of your presence.
Increase your exercise time
Huskies can be energetic or active dogs. They require moderate to intense physical and mental exercise every day. We recommend Huskies do at least 2 hours exercise each day!
Your Husky will become bored if this is the case. This can easily lead to random howling. It can also lead to them chewing up your house and escaping in search for adventure.
Your dog might be bored if they get less exercise than the recommended 2 hour per day. It all depends on each dog. You'll have to find out which Huskies are more active.
Let them howl away!
Although all dogs descend from their parents, Huskies are closer than usual to one type of wolf: the extinct North Asian Taimyr Wolf. They howl because of this close relationship with wolves.
Huskies are true to their roots and will howl to communicate their dissatisfaction with being left alone or to interact with others. Husky's howl starts in their first weeks and becomes more intense as they age.
To rule out any health problems, a vet should be consulted if your Husky is excessively howling. You can either work with a dog behaviorist to correct the behavior or you can do it yourself.
If your Husky isn't howling, you can let them go! It's like trying to stop humans speaking by making them howl every time they open their mouths. This is how they communicate.