Why do dogs howl in unison?

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Why do dogs howl in unison?
« on: 10/04/2009 11:05:39 »
Is it true that dogs howl collectively and, if so, why?

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Why do dogs howl in unison?
« Reply #1 on: 11/04/2009 00:56:28 »
If they belong to the same pack/family, one will start and the others join in, similar to a wolf pack. It translates to 'we belong together and this is our territory, stay away'.
Other dogs will reply, thus marking their own territory.

You can hear it sometimes in rural areas, where the watch dogs on farms will communicate with howls and barks. In between you'll hear 'Shut up, bl**dy dog!'.
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Why do dogs howl in unison?
« Reply #2 on: 11/04/2009 01:37:35 »
Is it true that dogs howl collectively and, if so, why?

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To stay in rhythm ofcourse,........Hardee,,,har,har.

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Why do dogs howl in unison?
« Reply #3 on: 11/04/2009 01:54:15 »
They compete with train horns too... http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=69584

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