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How can I teach Koa to Howl?

Koa isn't a very vocal dog-thankfully He gives a low growl when chasing birds and a low bark when alerted to someone at our door. I would LOVE to hear him howl but cannot get him to do it. Since he was a puppy we've tried YouTube videos of GSDs howling and he cocks his head when my husband tries to show him, but always without a response. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 09:14 PM
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We live near a fire station and the dogs howl whenever they hear the sirens (or police & ambulance sirens too). I have tried to teach them to do it "on demand" but haven't gotten far at all with it. My mom had a gsd/chow and when you told her to "sing" she would howl-it was really cute.

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My dogs howl when they here sirens too. We were watching tv and a dog started howling, Karlo and Onyx joined in. When you do the youtube, you need to start the howling yourself, maybe the pup will chime in.
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Koda will do it more often right after dinnertime, and he is more prone to do it when a) we all do it... pack howl. And b) we commit to our howling....make a fool of your self. lol
We always have luck with fire engines too. This one always works. lol


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I wonder if I could get Molly & Tanner to howl....

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After living with greyhounds for years now, I would never deliberately teach a dog to howl. My greys howl at least four times a day every day of the year. My GSD can't howl but doesn't want to feel left out, so he just barks during the howling sessions.

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Thanks for the video...we howled this morning, lol

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Koda will do it more often right after dinnertime, and he is more prone to do it when a) we all do it... pack howl. And b) we commit to our howling....make a fool of your self. lol
We always have luck with fire engines too. This one always works. lol

YouTube - Louisville fire truck siren

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NO REACTION AT ALL! They didn't even raise their head.
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I can get one of my dogs to howl if I initiate it, but it only seems to work if I do some barking to lead in to the howling.. arf, arf, aroooooooooooooooo etc. If I just howl, he'll be more likely to just bark, or look at me funny.

I've never tried or wanted to attach a command to it though, to each his own.

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I howl and then Sinister starts howling, yes, I'm crazy

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