These two could easily fill concert halls! Their melodies are mesmerizing…
If I were this lady, I would practice violin everyday with my basset hound. It looks like so much fun though I cannot tell if the basset truly likes it or not.
The video caused me to wonder: why do hound dogs howl, anyway? Dogster.com lists five reasons that dogs howl:
- It keeps their community, or pack, organized and serves as a homing beacon. When scout dogs leave the pack, in the wild, howling can help to direct them home. In some contexts, howling is an expression of love. If your dog howls at you, it could be beckoning you home or to where the dog thinks you should be.
- Howling marks boundaries and serves as a defense mechanism. It can serve as a warning to outsiders and potential predators.
- Sometimes, howling can simply be a plea for attention or a method to express anxiety. Once a dog gains someone’s attention by howling, they can learn to use the technique to manipulate people, emotionally. Sneaky, right? Howling can also express separation anxiety if they are unhappy when you leave.
- Howling can be a response to environmental stimuli and can serve as a bonding exercise. This is likely the case with the basset hound and the violin player. As digester puts it: “Much of our research confirms that dog howling occurs when certain sounds are perceived. The prompts and triggers can be anything: music on a stereo at a party, popular television theme songs, or the sound of musical instruments. People who enjoy dogs howling even seem to encourage their dogs by howling themselves! It would seem that one reason dogs howl is the experience of community or of bonding. Why do dogs howl at sirens? Why do dogs howl when you howl? Perhaps it’s to join in and be a part of the action.”
- Howling can simply alert others to injury or a discovery. Simple enough.
Without any further ado, enjoy the howling and playing of these two companions: