I noticed that whenever an airplane passes over our house, my dog starts howling and doesn't stop until the plane is a very far distance from our house.

Is this a normal behaviour?

If not what can I do to keep my dog from howling at planes?

  • My dog does this and she’s deaf
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    Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 17:43

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In addition to John Cavan's answer, if you've ruled out any medical problems your dog most likely howls at the plane to make it go away - and it's working!

The power of barking

If planes pass over your house frequently enough, you'll want to desensitise your dog to the noise.

Try searching for airplane noises on YouTube and play them at a volume that your dog is comfortable with. Reward with lots of treats and praise.

Increase the volume in very small steps, as you will undo a lot of the work if you misjudge your dog's limits and he starts howling.

Have lots of patience, it'll likely take a while for your dog to get used to the noise and to associate it with good things happening(TM).


He may be finding the engine noise distracting or irritating (same can be said for human reaction too) and so is vocalizing his displeasure as a result. I have to be honest, I don't think I've heard of this before, so it may be worth having his hearing and ears checked to be safe.