Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday Mischief: Indiana Learns How to Howl

After attending a Basenji Rescue get together, Indiana, the Husband and I participated in a group howl for the first time.  We had pretty low expectations for Indiana's wilder instincts to kick in, even after teaching him how to speak, but, after a few seconds of everyone howling (including the several people and dogs that were there), Indiana gamely followed along, though his face had the look of "what am I doing??" as he whined sang.

 Indiana following his innate instinct to howl along, but still a bit confused as to what is going on

We thought this was pretty adorable and have been howling to get him more used to it every so often for the last few weeks, to the (I'm sure) delight of our neighbors.  He only participates when he is particularly excited about something: Dad comes home, it's time to go out, or he feels like chasing the cat.  Howling has actually been a great deterrent to his last foible;  if he starts chasing the cat, I coo at him, he howls for a bit, and then he seems to settle down.  It has been working better than crating him as a time out, although the experiment for this situation is only a few days old. 

Indiana howls like a champ now. And, so far, only does it when we do. *knock on wood*


  1. Indiana sure howls beautifully now. Love how much more confident he is in the 2nd video.
    Like Indiana, Whisky also only howls if I howl first. :)

  2. This is super funny and super fun. Indiana has the best howl!

  3. omd! I LOVE that! My human boys said I howled with the coyotes once when Mom was gone! We are silly sometimes! Awesome howling there Indiana!

  4. A howling success!!!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  5. I don't know what it is but I just love hearing dogs howl! I think it is so cute! I'm still waiting for Fred to start baying. :)

  6. CUTE -- only because he does it on command, and not all the time. ;)


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