When a Labrador howls does it mean death?

Labradors aren’t the breed most likely to howl, but some do. There are actually a number of different reasons why a Labrador howls a lot, and this may or may not be a cause for concern. Dogs howl to attract attention, make contact with others, and announce their presence.

Figuring out whether noise is causing the howl or not should be a little easier because your Labrador will start howling at the start of the sound and then stop howling when it stops.

Some dog breeds are more likely to howl than others.

Are dogs sad when they howl?

When the howl stops and your dog is calm, you can reward him with attention known as positive reinforcement. If you want to keep dogs from howling based on certain sounds, the most effective method is to use a behavior conditioning technique known as desensitization and counter-conditioning.

Repeat this sequence over and over again and slowly stretch out the time your dog needs to be still before he earns his goodie. If your dog’s howling is triggered by acoustic stimulation, they’ll probably stop when the sound stops (if you turn the music off, they’ll stop singing along).

What does it mean when labs howl?

Howling is just another way dogs communicate with each other, just like dogs have different types of barking to communicate multiple needs. Labradors lick your face to show affection and joy, show submission, attract attention, to tell you they’re hungry, to calm you, to comfort you, and because they like the taste.

If not, teaching your Labrador a different behavior when the noise occurs, such as fetching a toy to reduce its burden, doesn’t necessarily help. Labradors sleep on their backs with their paws in the air to cool off, or when they feel very relaxed around them and feel comfortable exposing their stomach.


Whether your dog is howling for friends, barking for fun, or booing while hunting, it’s not so important to ask why they’re doing it, but listening to what your dog is trying to tell you.