Much like wolves, our domestic dogs howl, too, often in response to aural cues. ©Candice Gaukel Andrews

Howling is just one of many forms of vocal communication used by canines. Even though they may bark, growl, moan, snarl, whimper, whine, woof and yelp a lot more often than they howl, it is often the howl that we associate them with the most often, especially when thinking of wolves.

Howling by wolves serves several functions: to form social bonds, to locate members of their own packs by voice recognition, to establish territorial positions and to discover dominance rankings.

Domesticated dogs howl, too, usually to attract attention, to make contact with others and to announce their presence. Some dogs howl in response to high-pitched sounds, such as emergency-vehicle sirens or musical instruments—or even the recorded calls of other canines. Watch the videos below, as two astute dogs attempt to make contact with their wilder “cousins.”

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,