I could always make my dog howl by howling too.
When I was younger, we had a husky that would “talk” to us… more of a “woo woo woo wooooo” that a howl, but…
Somewhere I am sure there is a husky howling at a video of huskies howling at a video of huskies howling… when will the madness end?!?
There are a few scenes in Never Cry Wolf where the hero plays the bassoon to elicit howling from the wolves.
Humans are so lucky that Canis are concurrent with us. For millenia, they have been good animals to have around.
Tell me about it. I played this and all our dogs jumped up and ran outside, looking for the huskies howling at the huskies. It’s turtles all the way down, I guess.
I howled with this video, and I am not even a dog!
Great. Now you’ve confused flying Dick Van Dyke Cockney raptors everywhere.
The current estimate is than human/canine symbiosis may go back nearly 20 000 years, and that it contributed to human expansion and the development of civilisation.
[edit - so yes, they may even be one of the reasons we are still around.]
If you look at stone age or bronze age settlements there was apparently some sort of “man’s best friend … until he got hungry” attitude going on…
In depth info about domestication of dogs:
O. Thalmann, B. Shapiro u. a.: Complete Mitochondrial Genomes of Ancient Canids Suggest a European Origin of Domestic Dogs. In: Science. (registering required )
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppelgrab_von_Oberkassel (only available in german )
If only there had been some way of holding the camera so that both dogs were in the frame the whole time. I hope our top scientists are working on it.
So…no different from today in some societies, then?
That German article…I don’t know why but these reconstructions of the past make me feel quite emotional. Also interesting that the start of domestication might be pushed back as far as 30000 years ago but some attempts may have failed. For me one of the interesting questions is this: did attempts to domesticate dogs by (perhaps accidental) selective breeding give rise to the modern dog genome, or did the availability of human settlements as a supply of food mean that dogs with more “socialised” genomes had a competitive advantage? I would assume both factors operated invisibly, but it would be interesting to know if one species exploited the other first or whether it was just an accidental collaboration that become formalised with time. Did dog domestication give Europeans a competitive advantage? Was there some benefit from our limited interbreeding with h neanderthalensis?
You misread me.
I did some research on the gallery graves (Galeriegräber) of Warburg. The ubiquity of dog bones with incisions and scraping suggest a more “food-source” oriented approach to dog domestication in those early neolithic farming communities.
My dog will look intently at videos like this, but he’s not a howler. I don’t know if it’s his breed (we think he’s a Mexican hairless/chihuahua mix) or just his temperament.
He’ll also stare at the TV when a dog barks in a show or a video game. He didn’t much care for the noises the wolves made in Skyrim.
my dog gave zero fucks when I played this, then she is cool
Perhaps singing with each other is part of Husky culture. Coyotes have singalongs too (the ones near me enjoy American rock music from the 70s). When I was young, we had a Sheltie who would erupt into joyous barking every time we started singing “Happy Birthday to You.”
The Husky in the video, is simply singing a song they know and love. So they’re singing along, badly!
Again, Google is your friend here.
If you’re not used to it, just keep in mind that in German sentences, the verb last comes.
Edited to add: my guess is that howling evolved because it serves two purposes: i) it solidifies pack cohesion, and ii) it feels good. Where I lived before, I used to hear the coyotes, off in the distance, usually at around 2 to 4 in the morning.
Pretty much all canis do it. Just like all cats purr. Even lions.
I had an eerie experience at a zoo while standing in front of the wolf exhibit. A siren went by and all the wolves started howling with it. I felt sorry for them. Maybe they thought they were responding, or maybe they were saying “Shut up!”
Our oldest, when asked who he loves, will also very clearly say “My mama.” I come second. I’m okay with that.
Also my favorite part from Kipling’s The Cat Who Walked By Himself:
When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, 'His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.
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