Is your pet keeping you up all night? Are you struggling to sleep in peace? Here's how you could get the annoying dog howling to stop.
A healthy, hearty howl from your dog brings the satisfaction that it is perfectly healthy and attentive. In addition, dog howls help keep away trespassers, stray animals, on lookouts, and even when it comes to finding anything that's lost.
But those are occasional howls. So instead of those, what if your paw pal develops a habit of howling for no apparent reason? It can become a total pain for you and everyone else!
Why Does a Dog Howl?
First of all, let's be clear about what a howl is. Dogs communicate mainly through their sounds. They may whine out of fear, yelp from shock, woof when they'd excited, and create deep rumbling and ruffing noises when they're threatening someone or guarding something.
A howl is the most intense and effective way of many of these emotions and instincts. It can be loud and stretch on for several seconds, or it can be shorter and quicker. In any case, your dog howls when it wants to ensure that you take notice of whatever it deems is essential for you. Unfortunately, this reason for constant howling may not always be instantly visible each time, which brings us to our next point:
Why Do Dogs Howl Nonstop?
Howling is an outlet to signal the primary need for communication. With dogs, their howling can point towards pretty much anything. However, dogs howl nonstop when:
· They're in physical pain
· They're mentally or emotionally upset
· They're sense danger of any sort
· They have a passive-aggressive reaction to a stimulus
· They're trying to seek your attention (being a bad boy, in other words)
How to Stop a Dog Howling Nonstop?
Even though you may have a strong relationship with your dog, it's not always easy to immediately understand what triggers its howling spell. If you're confused about why your champ's suddenly off the hook, here are a few do's and don'ts to practice:
1. Remove the Stimulus
Stimulus-trigger chain is a pretty common reason behind the continuous, maddening howls of most dogs. This may happen when your dog comes across some particularly unnerving stimuli, a few of which may not even make any sense to you.
However, you can observe the patterns when your dog begins howling. Is it when it confronts a particular dog? Perhaps a house in your neighborhood? Or maybe when it sees that one relative of yours?
It may take a few tries to understand which stimuli cause your dog to howl so much. Try to keep your dog away from them once you find a connection of the howling with specific triggers. For example, roll up the windows of your car when you pass that particular house. Make sure your dog's busy when a person stimulus comes to your home. Try to keep your dog distracted if another dog is passing by!
2. Check Out for Danger
People keep guard dogs because they're excellent at surveillance and often detect even the most discreet movement inside their territory.
For instance, if they feel like there's a stalker outside your home continuously doing rounds around the block, your dog may try to raise an alert. If someone is trying to break in, your dog might start howling even louder than the alarm systems you've installed in your house. If there's a fire, or if someone's injured, or if there’s any other trouble you need to know about, your dog may resort to howling to warn as many people as possible.
Therefore, if you feel like your dog isn't howling in response to a particular stimulus, you might as well do a thorough check to find or if there's danger looming somewhere out there. You may even take the dog by its leash and inspect the area together so that it calms down!
3. Get the Dog Medically Examined
Your dog's reason for howling may not reside in any external circumstances. If you can't find a visible stimulus, perhaps you should get the dog examined by a vet. It could be a sprain, an eyesight issue, or any other physical problem causing your dog to howl out of either pain or fear. Getting it medically examined and treated will help you calm your dog down almost right away.
4. Go for a Mental Checkup
Dogs, like humans, also go through a variety of mental and emotional experiences. They harbor traumas and fears, have pent-up anger, stress, depression, memory issues, and other disorders. Your dog may develop a habit of frequent, persistent howling as a result of post-partum depression. It may also howl when it sees something that reminds of a traumatic experience.
If your dog served as a service dog, a military dog, or lived in an abusive situation, the chances for this type of howling are higher. In this case, you may consult an animal psychologist and get the necessary treatment for your puppy!
1. Don't Reward Howling
If you want your dog to drop the habit of howling, you have to make howling difficult for it. You can do this in two ways:
First, ignore your dog when it howls. If you're not sure whether or not the howling is just a way to get your attention, you may ignore your dog for a while. If attention is the only reason it's howling, the habit will break quite soon if you ignore it.
Second, try to desensitize the stimulus. For example, if your dog is jumpy when it meets other dogs, you may try to desensitize it in this way: Take your to face other dogs every once in a while. With each meeting, you may slowly, gradually increase the time your dog spends with other dogs. As time passes, your dog will eventually grow more accustomed to them; hence it'll quit howling, too!
2. Don't Leave It Alone
Dogs often tend to howl a lot when it's all alone. If you have to leave your dog at home and leave for some other place, you may hire a caretaker or get your neighbor to take care of the dog while you're away!
Affectionate though dogs may be, their constant howling can drive you nuts. However, brute force or excessive pampering won’t help solve the problem. Instead, you should find out precisely what is causing this behavior and get a proper diagnosis to avoid further trouble!