Some dogs talk, others sing.
If you have a howling hound, you know the habit can be disruptive. For some pet parents, a dog that howls too much can even disrupt family life or a work environment. Fortunately, there are ways to work around your pup’s penchant for singing.
Determine the Cause: It is tough to stop a hound from howling if you are not sure why the dog is so noisy in the first place. Take a moment to think about when and where your pooch chooses to sing. Is the dog howling in a response to stimulus or is he howling because he was left home alone? If separation anxiety is the howling trigger, you will know that you need to begin there to resolve the problem. If howling seems to be a result of stress, pain or a new medical condition, it is best to take the dog to the vet for a thorough examination.
Treat the Howling at the Root: If your dog is howling to get your attention, make sure that you do not, under any circumstances give in to the bid. Doing so will only reinforce your pup’s behavior and make it more difficult to eradicate in the future. If your dog is howling as a way of asking to go outside, make sure that the dog quiets down before being let out. The idea here is to avoid reinforcing the behavior and begin building new patterns.
Provide Positive Reinforcement: Ignore your dog when he howls but reward the dog for being quiet. Although it may not be an overnight solution, this game plan is the best way to inspire long-term change and will help you alter your pup’s behavior for the better.
Enlist a Professional: If you have tried everything else and your pup’s howling just won’t seem to end, it may be time to call in the pros. A professional dog trainer can help you determine the cause of your dog’s howling behavior and may be able to provide solutions beyond what you have already tried or considered. LovePets can help you find a trainer here.
Understand that Some Dogs Howl: If you have a particularly vocal breed like a Bloodhound, you might have to come to terms with some level of howling. These dogs are loud and vocalize often and, although they can be trained to howl less, it is unlikely that training will ever fully break them of the habit.
You Ain’t Nothin' But a Hound Dog….
Some dogs, hound breeds specifically, are more prone to howling than others. This can cause a problem for human handlers when the dog begins to disrupt neighbors or sleep schedules. Fortunately, most dogs can be trained out of their disruptive howling behavior.Content reviewed by a veterinarian.