Ancient Form of Communication May be the Answer
A few years ago, while running errands, I pulled off to the side of the road to let a convoy of fire engines pass by. As the sound of sirens began to approach, I heard a low, mournful howl radiating from my backseat.
It was Sable, my black Labrador retriever; her head was thrown back with her chin raised straight up, eyes closed as she joined the chorus of sirens.
It was the first time I’d heard her respond to the sound of a siren. My other dog, sitting next to Sable, pretended not to notice this odd behavior or the exponentially loud alarms of the engines speeding by, choosing instead to nudge me with her nose as if to tell me to keep on driving.
I was fascinated: Why do dogs howl at sirens? And why will one dog howl while the other won’t?