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Puppies Learning To Howl
posted by the man of twists and turns (35 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
AAAAAAHHHHH!
posted by herrdoktor at 5:47 PM on November 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


I watched this at work yesterday or the day before and had to close the door to my office so my co-workers could not hear me howling along (softly!) and also not know that I had died from cute.
posted by rtha at 5:47 PM on November 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


I am vomiting rainbows, this is so cute.
posted by Lemmy Caution at 5:52 PM on November 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


When I was growing up my family had a Samoyed that would howl along with us. As a spitz type dog (some of the oldest breeds and thus, closer to wolves than most dogs) the howl she let loose was of the bone chilling, OMG is that a wolf?! variety.

Now, we have an Akita, also a spitz and one of the oldest breeds of dog there is. I'm a little disappointed that we can't get her to howl. I even played some videos of other dogs and wolves howling but she just looks at them with that tilt headed look that they have.
posted by VTX at 6:04 PM on November 22, 2013


Wolf-Dog Howls At Crying Baby
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:06 PM on November 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


My dog barks uncontrollably at these kinds of videos. Sometimes he has to leave the room.

I personally think they're adorable. I've only really had one dog that would howl with me. He's gone now, and I miss him.
posted by Archer25 at 6:09 PM on November 22, 2013


I've got one full-throated howler and one for whom the spirit is willing but the howl is hilariously broken. He purses his little black lips and goes "Roo?" then when we clap our hands and cheer him on he smiles and goes "Roo Roo!" He's so adorably confused. Gosh I love him.
posted by HotToddy at 6:15 PM on November 22, 2013 [21 favorites]


rooooooooo
posted by elizardbits at 6:27 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Look how interested this cute little pom puppy is! It's watching learning in action, it really is.

Go, Ellie!
posted by droplet at 6:30 PM on November 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


I love the way they tip their heads so their brains slosh around more evenly.
posted by restless_nomad at 6:32 PM on November 22, 2013 [6 favorites]


I got my first dog when he was 8 weeks old and had to drive him 2 hours home. He did his tiny baby malamute howl for a good 20 minutes straight, and cuddled into my arms like I was the only good thing on earth.

God I miss my doggies sometimes still.
posted by kitarra at 6:33 PM on November 22, 2013 [6 favorites]


It makes me wish I had a dog again.
posted by kylemccarthy at 6:34 PM on November 22, 2013


The only time I remember my dog howling was when the organist at the church started playing and he would sit beside the organ and howl along until my Dad locked him in the office with him (He went to work with my Dad) and when I was watching the DS9 episode where Worf's lover dies, and he lets out a howl, and my dog lept up from sleeping and howled along.
posted by Canageek at 6:39 PM on November 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


My cats are no longer speaking to me after hearing that. A bonus!
posted by chaiminda at 6:52 PM on November 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


It must be the best thing ever the first time a puppy gets to howl along with their pack (humans). Like doggie group hugs.
posted by WidgetAlley at 7:02 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


This video is one of the best things.

"Wolf-Dog Howls At Crying Baby"

"I don't know why, but I never feel more loved and secure as when I hear the sound of wolves howling."

"I even played some videos of other dogs and wolves howling but she just looks at them with that tilt headed look that they have."

I've been meaning to ask about that. Is it the same thing when other animals do this? When I have some food that is particularly appealing to my cat, but not anything I'm willing to give her and she knows it, she'll primly sit upright a few feet away and look at the food and then slowly tilt her head, look at me, then look at the food again with that progressive head tilt.

It's utterly adorable and I half suspect she knows this and is attempting to cute her way to forbidden delectables.

And also ... why is it so damn cute to humans when animals do this? What's going on with this head-tilting stuff??

"My cats are no longer speaking to me after hearing that. A bonus!"

In contrast, mine slept through it, utterly at peace. However, she was very interested earlier when I made a test video that happened to have her in it. She watched that very carefully.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 7:13 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


How do we know they're not just singing along to Police & Thieves?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:28 PM on November 22, 2013


The adult husky around 1:35 totally looks like he or she is laughing. I love the tiny split-second howl of encouragement.
posted by quiet earth at 7:31 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


My cat looked around, then at me as to say "stop fucking with me dude" then went back to grooming herself.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 9:11 PM on November 22, 2013 [2 favorites]



My cats are no longer speaking to me after hearing that. A bonus!


I could only watch a minute of it because my cat was like THE F IS THAT?? LOOK AT MY FUR ALL PUFFED OUT COMPUTER OR DOG I AM NOT SURE so I'll watch it with headphones later or when he's asleep or something
posted by sweetkid at 9:20 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


This just made my five month old puppy howl for the first time so she learned something today.
posted by sourwookie at 9:47 PM on November 22, 2013 [17 favorites]


If you listen very very carefully in these clips, you can just barely hear the sound of the neighbors on the phone talking to their real estate agents.
posted by JHarris at 10:03 PM on November 22, 2013 [7 favorites]


I love how cute dog makes humans get all silly and howly and playful.
posted by NoraReed at 12:48 AM on November 23, 2013


It's almost as if puppies made people better.
posted by JHarris at 3:50 AM on November 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


The only youtube video that gets my cats going is the one of a real cat fight. That gets them all wide eyed and floofed up.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:54 AM on November 23, 2013


Neither of my dogs howls but Kenda (the black & white one) has a serious problem with the intro to the song Pretty Fly for a White Guy by the Offspring. She seems to take offense to the "Give it to me baby! Uh huh, uh huh" part and goes into a head-snapping, full-volume barking fit.

I can't fault her opinion of the song but she's a bit distracting when it comes on the radio in the car.
posted by workerant at 5:09 AM on November 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


In the 1980s, we had a golden cocker spaniel puppy, Rory. He was a wee sweetie — until he got old enough that the rage syndrome took over. Anyway.

My sister (now a moderately successful folk singer) was practising to perform Pie Jesu from Lloyd Webber's Requiem. If Rory was anywhere in the house, he'd cock his head then run to the piano to join in:
Pie Jesu
       Üuuuüüooooüuuuaaww
Pie Jesu
       Ooüüuuuüüoorowrowooüuuuaawwrr
Pie Jesu
       Rrüüuuuüüoorowroühuwooüuuuaawwrrwrr
Pie … /sound of sister collapsing with laughter
posted by scruss at 5:39 AM on November 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


I am forty years old and have played clarinet since I was nine years old, and a succession of dogs never cared at all. Then a year and a half ago, someone brought me a stray border collie mix pup and ever since she was very young, she has reacted quite differently. I usually sit on the couch to play, and if she can, she will leap up onto the couch beside me, throw back her head, and howl and bark along with me. Sometimes she tries to get in my lap while she does it. Now I have to lock her in another room so I can play, and sometimes she howls just a little from in there, too.

Of course I had to try to howl vocally along with her after seeing this video. That didn't work. She jumped into my lap, wagging madly, stuck her nose in my face, then turned to continue to wag excitedly at the door. I seem to have announced a visitor or something. My older dog just looked at me like I was nuts.

For a long time I worried that it was actually hurting her ears, but poking around online found that this is a known thing with some dogs and single-reed instruments. Now I just feel guilty that I'm excluding her from family howl time.
posted by dilettante at 7:37 AM on November 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


Some dogs are not taught to howl as pups and then they have to learn it awkwardly from TV.
posted by sixohsix at 7:50 AM on November 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


The howling dogs alarmed one of my cats and attracted the other one to see what was going on. They started fighting with each other, so I played the cat fight video to distract them, which REALLY freaked out the already-alarmed cat. I started to feel bad so I played some bird noises, and now fraidy cat seems to think the house is haunted, as he's staring wild-eyed at the walls.
posted by jaguar at 11:38 AM on November 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


My dogs all have a thing for sirens, but while two of them are happily rooooooing, one of them moos. Like an angry, angry bellowing cow who is NOT HAPPY and possibly deflating. It is the worst noise, and it is clear that the howl is kind of involuntary and he wants to stop but he can't. Me falling out of my chair weeping isn't enough to snap him out of it, but he's really camera shy and it will stop him if I point it at him. I may have to just record audio only some time.
posted by Lyn Never at 11:42 AM on November 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


...they have to learn it awkwardly from TV.

That sound he makes at first epitomizes "pathetic". He gets it after a minute though.
posted by NoraReed at 5:56 PM on November 23, 2013


The only youtube video that gets my cats going is the one of a real cat fight. That gets them all wide eyed and floofed up.

That looks a lot like my cats when they fight. Down to the coloring - I have a brown tabby and an orange and white leopardy guy. And the screaming and posturing.
posted by sweetkid at 9:22 PM on November 23, 2013


Ow. My sides hurt from laughing and one of the cats is extremely annoyed at me: what is going on with this howling noise? Make it stop now, monkey!
posted by Lexica at 10:17 PM on November 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wolf - Dog Howls at Crying Baby

Oh man, that video. That's the one thing that will get my roommate's dog to howl. He'll turn towards the direction of the sound, get a supremely perplexed look on his face, and let it rip. Adorable.
posted by kryptondog at 8:44 AM on November 24, 2013


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