Ask the Expert: Why Does My Dog Howl to Music?
We've all seen those viral videos of dogs howling along to music. Why do they do this? Are they trying to sing along? Are they waiting for their record deal? Are they showing you that they have excellent pitch? Well, wonder no more because our resident pet expert Dr. Jill has the answers.
Dog and human hearing is about the same at lower level frequencies (between 20 to 250 Hz) but you and your pooch hear differently when it comes to higher tones.
The upper limit of a dog's hearing varies a great deal, which means that when dogs howl they could be responding to sounds in the music that only they can hear. Some famous bands have been known to place sounds in some of their songs that only dogs can hear.
There could also be a worrisome reason your dog howls along to the hits. Dog howling could be due to a noise hurting his ears, and howling is his way of telling us to turn down the volume.
Pay attention to how your pooch reacts to popular tunes, and turn the songs down if they start to get irritated. Keep in mind that certain non-music sounds also have high frequencies that can bother dogs, such as sirens or fireworks.
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About Dr. Jill
Dr. Jill Villarreal lives and breathes all things pet. A doctor of Biology, Behavior and Neuroscience (with a Certificate in Animal Behavior), Jill is senior manager of Pet Sensory & Perception Insights at Big Heart Pet Brands.
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