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Is she howling because it hurts?

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LumpyMcBentface Fri 26-Aug-16 11:59:56

DS was 'playing' the recorder earlier. Horrible high pitched screeching.

DDog was howling. She never howls.

I took the recorder away from ds. But I wondered if she was in actual pain, or just didn't like the noise.

Does anyone know?

pigsDOfly Fri 26-Aug-16 13:23:55

Don't know if it actually hurts but a lot of dogs will join in if another dog is howling, so maybe that what it sounds like to your dog.

Animals can get quite involved in music. I used to have two cats, one of them would come and sit right against the bottom of the piano when I played and when my DDs sang he would come into the room and sit on the sofa beside me to listen.

My other cat wouldn't stay for singing and would sit in the room, but not too close, and meow (sing?) along to the piano.

Blackberryandapplejam Fri 26-Aug-16 13:25:09

We had to change the ring tone on our phone because the dog loved to join in with it.

pigsDOfly Fri 26-Aug-16 13:52:18

Also meant to add that if it's hurting your dog I would imagine she'd try to get away from it. If she's hanging around and joining in perhaps she likes your DS's playing more than you do. smile

chough Fri 26-Aug-16 14:15:17

Watching this one, Lumpy, because I'd like to know why dogs do this.
Another one here for joining in with the phone ringing.
A dead cert for howling is the theme from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and it's surprising how often that pops up in a film or TV programme ( as a background theme for a confrontation of some kind): as soon as the first notes start, the dog leaps up, gets his neck/ throat all in line ready, and starts howling.
So, the trigger seems to be a certain pitch, but is the dog expressing distress or not?

LumpyMcBentface Fri 26-Aug-16 14:35:30

Good point about her hanging around.

Maybe she was just singing.

At least her howling drowned out the recorder...

Blackberryandapplejam Fri 26-Aug-16 16:31:34

I don't think the pitch hurts their ears. My old dog used to have a loud squeaky toy that he would howl along to. We had to hide it from him as he loved singing so much and it drove us mad. He used to push it down with one paw repeatedly to make it squeal over and over again. When we bought a puppy he taught him to join in.

Floralnomad Fri 26-Aug-16 19:27:03

She was singing along , my mum used to have a mastiff / ridgeback X that was a singing dog , if there was no music to sing to he would squeak a toy and then howl along with it .

MewlingQuim Fri 26-Aug-16 19:30:48

DM's dog used to howl along with the Neighbours theme tune hmm

He also used to howl at the moon. He was a tiny, white, fluffy dog, not at all wolfish grin

Noitsnotteatimeyet Fri 26-Aug-16 19:50:22

I once had to report on the national singing dogs championship (yes, really..). It was held in a hotel near Brent Cross - the two most popular howling singing triggers were the theme tunes from Neighbours and Eastenders.

At the time I thought my career as a serious journalist was finished but it ended up being one of the best pieces I'd ever done grin

Thattimeofyearagain Fri 26-Aug-16 19:54:16

My mums collie ( dearly deceased) did this to the Crossroads theme tune grin

OrlandaFuriosa Sat 27-Aug-16 19:34:54

Our old dog did this. To any music.

Our current JRT only howls to brass. Trumpet concerto and he's off.

phillipp Sun 28-Aug-16 08:07:17

Dpup does this when dh is playing guitar. If he is in another room, she seeks him out, sits at his feet and howls along.

If it hurt her, I can't imagine she would put so much effort in to finding him and joining in. She could stay with me where we can barely hear it or go outside.

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