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Hello,

I have an 8 year old dachshund/shih tzu mix who is just a delight to live with. She only has one little quirk that can turn out to be quite annoying. While watching TV or listening to any music that is very bombastic and containing trumpets, flutes, and violins (think Indiana Jones theme song or any big blockbuster soundtrack), she howls incessantly until the music stops. And its not a low howl, its a high pitched howl. I would like to get her to stop doing this as it makes it difficult to enjoy a movie or program with my dog in the room. Any ideas?

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Have you allowed for her to do this for this long? lol the music may hurt her ears, you will need to try some counter conditioning methods, for instance the second they start playing music you should toss some treats to her before she can react.
 

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Yes, unfortunately, we have allowed this to go on for awhile. It started about when she was a year old - she would pay very focused attention to the radio which we thought was adorable... we just figured she loved music. Later came the howling.. first it was low and did not happen often... since then it has become very loud and high pitched and also more frequent!

I noticed it also increases with intensity as the music becomes more intense.. so you may be right about it hurting her ears!

I have not heard of counter conditioning before, but I will do some google searches on it. Thanks for the advice! Any and all ideas are appreciated!
 

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I would maybe turn the volume down as well when the music starts, see if the volume makes a change (normal volume vs low volume). If its in fact hurting her ears you may need to consider that :)

Counter conditioning is helpful! Its treating the animal for what behavior is desired. So when she howls, you ignore her and do not give her treats, when she is quiet you give her treats, praise, etc.
 

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Have you allowed for her to do this for this long? lol the music may hurt her ears, you will need to try some counter conditioning methods, for instance the second they start playing music you should toss some treats to her before she can react.
My dog howls when he hears a siren (from police car or ambulance). Is it also because it hurts his ears?
 

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This is what i found online. Not sure if it is true

Howling is not exclusive to dogs; it’s hard to forget the lonely cry of the wolf. Wolves and other pack animals do use howling, and although it sounds sad and lonely, it often serves another purpose. Because wolves and dogs both have very keen hearing, a howl can be heard from far away, and wolves use this as a form of communication and location. A howl can send up a signal that says “I’m here!” and the respondent howl of other wolves is a reply of “We’ve over here!”
 
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