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why does my dog howl everytime the phone rings does it hurt

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why does my dog howl everytime the phone rings? does it hurt her ears?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.

I've found that this howling at specific noises tends to be a learned behavior. Pups frequently learn to howl at certain noises from their mothers. Certain frequencies or noises trigger a dog to howl. Many dogs howl at fire engines or ambulances and do so long before a human can hear the sirens. You dog may have heard his mom howl at a noise as a young pup and somehow the ringing of the phone triggered this memory setting of a howling in your dog.

However, in the wild, dogs and wolves howl to communicate with the pack since howls can travel farther. The following site discusses this in great detail.

I hope this information is helpful to you.