Someone who adopted a dog from the rescue a while ago has a problem. They have a dog that has a strong urge to howl "loudly and continuously" at sirens. Unfortunately for them, they live a mile away from a fire station. They've tried citronella and static correction collars, and it just makes the dog yelp or run while howling. About the only thing I can think of is to teach the dog to 'quiet', but that'll only work when someone is home. Do you think that teaching the dog an alternate behavior when he hears the sirens is likely to work in a case like this?
Suja
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Someone who adopted a dog from the rescue a while ago has a problem. They have a dog that has ... teaching the dog an alternate behavior when he hears the sirens is likely to work in a case like this?

What breed or breed mix is he? Some dogs are more hard-wired to howl than others (I live in a house full of hard-wired howlers). If he's one of those, an alternate behavior would be less likely to work. It's worth a try, though.
Mustang Sally
What breed or breed mix is he?

German Shepherd. Big whiners, but not exactly known for their howling.

Suja
What breed or breed mix is he?

German Shepherd. Big whiners, but not exactly known for their howling.

But very biddable, so I'd try "quiet" first, then an alternate behavior.
Mustang Sally
But very biddable, so I'd try "quiet" first, then an alternate behavior.

We've got one of those GSD fire truck howlers and the fire station is less than a mile away. She learned "knock it off" just fine. If she howls when I am not here, it is during the day when people are usually not all that upset about noise. She has come to the point where she doesn't even start the howling, unless she is really dying to talk to the sirens, in which case she howls ever so quietly. It's pretty funny, actually, so I don't intervene when she does the quiet howl.

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German Shepherd. Big whiners, but not exactly known for their howling.

My GSD was the only one of my dogs that howled at sirens, and the only one to howl on command.

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She has come to the point where she doesn't even start the howling, unless she is really dying to talk to the sirens, in which case she howls ever so quietly. It's pretty funny, actually, so I don't intervene when she does the quiet howl.

Finn and I used to do our little "Morning Howl" back when he was still around. As he got sicker, I started forgetting (mostly because he was up a few times a night and I was exhausted by morning). I didn't even realize I'd been forgetting until I woke up one morning to him howling softly to himself on his bed. It looked almost exactly like he was humming to himself. He started doing that more and more often. He even had a favorite commercial he always hummed along to. I loved it!
I miss that boy fiercely at times.
Tara
German Shepherd. Big whiners,Hooboy yeah! There's "concerned whines", "speaking to ... one and I don't whines" and a whole lotta others.

My GSD was the only one of my dogs that howled at sirens, and the only one to howl on command.

I don't think I've ever really had a howler, thankfully. Not even Taffy,which might actually be an improvement given the high pitched timber of her bark. Heh.
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She has come to the point where she doesn't even ... so I don't intervene when she does the quiet howl.

Finn and I used to do our little "Morning Howl" back when he was still around. As he got sicker, ... even had a favorite commercial he always hummed along to. I loved it! I miss that boy fiercely at times.

With sighthounds and Siberians, we are a howling house. Matty the Greyhound loved to howl; all it took to get him started was me saying "Matty, wanna sing?" Unfortunately, he had kind of a high-pitched screeching howl, but we still loved it.
It's been 29 days since we lost Matty, not that I'm counting. Some days I miss him so much I can feel it physically.
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