Reasons Why Dogs Howl at Sirens

Sirens are the stuff of nightmares for some dogs. If you’ve ever had to console an upset pooch while waiting for a siren to pass, you know how frustrating it can be. The good news is that there is a theory on why dogs howl at sirens, and there are some things you can do to prevent your dog from being scared by them. In this article, we’ll tell you what the experts have discovered about where this habit comes from, why it happens and how to help your pup stop reacting fearfully when he hears a siren.

Some dogs are naturally fearful of loud noises.

Some dogs are naturally fearful of loud noises. If your dog is frightened by sirens, it’s important to address the problem before it gets worse and becomes a bigger issue. Dogs can be afraid of thunder and fireworks too, so if you notice that your dog is acting differently during those times as well, it may be best to consult a veterinarian or trainer for advice on how to help him through these periods of anxiety.

Dogs may think sirens mean the pack is gathering.

When a dog howls at a siren, it’s not necessarily because they’re scared. Dogs may think that sirens mean their pack is gathering, so they start howling to alert the group that they’re ready to come out from wherever they are (though this might be in the basement). They may also think that sirens mean that it’s time to get ready for something or go on alert for danger, like when you hear an ambulance or fire truck driving by and your first instinct is to look around for what danger could be coming at you from within your own home.

Some dogs howl to communicate with other dogs.

If your dog is howling at sirens, it may be communicating with other dogs. When dogs howl, they are letting their fellow canines know that they are in the area and possibly in danger. This kind of “distress call” is a way for them to let the pack know where they are so they can come together if necessary. If you have multiple dogs, it’s important to pay attention when one starts howling because it could indicate some sort of emergency situation that requires your help!

Other sounds similar to sirens may trigger your dog.

If you’ve ever heard a dog howl at sirens, you know that it can be pretty annoying. But did you know that other sounds can trigger your dog? Dogs hear higher-pitched sounds than humans do, so they are more likely to hear things like car alarms, fireworks or thunder and respond by howling. The important thing is to avoid making the situation worse by yelling at them or spanking them as punishment for their behavior. If you notice that your pup starts howling when he hears certain sounds and this happens often, try giving him something else to chew on such as his favorite toy or treat while the sound is happening. Eventually he will learn not to associate those scary noises with anything negative and won’t feel the need to cry out anymore!

Your dog may be howling in pain or distress.

If your dog suddenly starts howling, it may be a sign of pain or distress. If you notice that your dog is howling and hiding, this could be due to an injury or illness. If your dog starts pacing around the house when he hears sirens, it could mean that he’s anxious because of the noise—or even that he has separation anxiety. Talk to your vet if you think something else might be going on!

Howling could be a sign of separation anxiety.

There are many possible reasons for a dog to start howling at sirens. It could be that the canine is clearly enjoying the music, or it could be a sign of separation anxiety.

Either way, it’s important that you find out what is causing your dog to howl in order to help them overcome this behavior and stop it from continuing.

It’s normal for dogs to bark or whine when they are alone in the house without their owner present – especially if they haven’t been left alone before and aren’t used to being on their own yet. Dogs can get lonely and miss their owners, so they may vocalize with sounds like whining or barking until someone comes back home again! This behavior is called separation anxiety because dogs rely so much on us humans – we’re their whole world!

Sometimes howling is just a behavior that your dog enjoys.

If you have a dog that howls due to excitement, then this is simply a behavior that your dog enjoys. You may notice if your dog is howling because they are excited when they see another dog or person. When dogs go crazy over the arrival of their owner or other people, it can be hard to resist joining in and getting into the fun.

If your dog howls when they see sirens, it could be because they are bored and want attention from you or someone else. If you have tried everything else on this list but nothing seems to work, try giving them more toys and exercise so that they don’t feel so bored!

Try to distract your dog from sirens and reduce the noise level in your home.

You can distract your dog from sirens by giving them a treat.

If this fails, try playing music or have the TV on to mask the sound of the sirens.

Turn on fans in your home and keep windows open to reduce noise levels for your dog.

Have a friend or family member come over to distract your dog when they hear sirens outside of their home.

Give your dog a chew toy they can gnaw on while they’re alone and it’s raining outside so they don’t start howling at every single passing car or truck!

Try to desensitize your dog over time to the sound of sirens by playing recordings of sirens at a very low volume and giving treats when it doesn’t show fear.

The first step to desensitizing your dog to the sound of sirens is to play recordings of sirens at a very low volume. You want them to get used to hearing it without reacting.

After they’ve heard it several times, start playing the recording at normal volume while you’re actively training with them on something else. If they show no sign of fear or anxiety, then give them treats!

Finally, when you’re sure that your dog is okay with hearing a siren at full blast (and not just in the background), try taking him outside when one goes off and wait for him/her to react—if he doesn’t show any signs of fear or anxiety within a minute or so after the sound has stopped then give him/her some more treats!

Play music, have the TV on or turn on white noise and fans when you know a siren will be going by your house.

Use music, TV and white noise. Just as you might use a stuffed animal to soothe your dog, try playing music or having the TV on when you know a siren will be going by your house. White noise machines can also help dogs feel more relaxed.

If your dog has never been exposed to sirens before and doesn’t have an issue with them, start introducing him slowly by playing a recording of an ambulance or police car siren while he’s sleeping. This way he won’t associate the sound with stressful experiences like being scared or stressed out during an actual emergency siren situation.


So, now you know why dogs howl at sirens and some of the things you can do to help your dog feel better when they hear them. Remember to be patient with your dog and know that this takes time. If your dog is very upset by sirens, it may mean he needs more training to learn new behaviors.