Our four year old Dachshund, Morgen, recently started howling in our house for no apparent reason. She will do it in a room when she is all by herself. She will stick her nose in the air & howl just like a wolf. When I walk in the room & speak to her she looks at me & wags her tail. She acts perfectly normal.
She is four years old and very active
No known diseases, very healthy
Spaded when she was a pup
No changes in behavior or temperament
Any ideas?

Scott Whittaker
SonoranSites Web Development
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Our four year old Dachshund, Morgen, recently started howling in our house for no apparent reason. She will do it ... and very active No known diseases, very healthy Spaded when she was a pup No changes in behavior or temperament

She hears a siren (or train whistle, or...) in the distance that you can't hear?
You're playing a new radio station with "howlable" music?

Someone in your house has taken up a musical instrument and she's expressing her opinion?
She's found that it's a good way to get your attention?

My family had a dog that howled when I played the piano, another one that howled to a specific theme song on the radio. The others have either been nonhowlers or only howled when requested.
FurPaw

There's no reason to give credence to anything spoken above 90 decibels.

To reply, unleash the dog.
Our four year old Dachshund, Morgen, recently started howling in our house for no apparent reason. She will do it ... walk in the room & speak to her she looks at me & wags her tail. She acts perfectly normal.

I think this is just an instinctive throwback. When it starts later in life, it's puzzling, but not necessarily an indication of a problem.
When a dog is howling it's either telling you where it is or responding to (what it thinks is) the howl of other dogs. I remember my dog doing this when he was pup. When the breeder separated one pup from the other ten (so they couldn't see each other), the solitary pup howled incessantly. Shortly afterwards, all the other pups responded (absolutely hilarious from a bunch of six week old pups). When he came home a couple of weeks later, he howled for the first couple of days. He was upset, feeling lost and telling his pack where he was.

I wouldn't worry about it too much. Maybe the initial trigger was something like a bout of loneliness? Or maybe she heard a siren, discovered her howl and decided to put on a regular show. Emotion: wink I've heard of local dog-owners with canines that suddenly started howling at various stages of their lives. At two, four and seven years old. Although if she is saying "I'm here!" - you're probably endorsing her behaviour by responding to her howls with attention. Emotion: smile

Lee J. Moore
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Our four year old Dachshund, Morgen, recently started howling in our house for no apparent reason. She will do it ... and very active No known diseases, very healthy Spaded when she was a pup No changes in behavior or temperament

It could just be her manipulating you. The breed is well known for making humans dance to their tune. When she howls, it brings you to her without her having to go in search of you.
It could be some newly developed fear-reaction to being left alone. It could also be something medical, like the onset of hearing loss which would mean that when you leave her, she can't hear where you are in the house. Howling isn't common behavior for female Dachshunds. Its not what I'd call common in males either but have heard a male do it before. Normally they are barkers which is why I mention the possibility of this being a fear reaction.

Tara