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Law & Order theme triggers howls

Why some dogs react the way they do to certain songs and sounds would probably make for an interesting scientific study.

Until then, we have YouTube, where a mounting number of videos, it has been noted, show dogs howling along with — or in objection to — the theme from “Law & Order.”

It’s not the first time multiple dog owners have noticed certain songs seem to cause their pets to vocalize, and captured the result on video. Remember all those videos of dogs singing along with Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape?”

Just as only some dogs howl at sirens, some howl at Gwen Stefani and, for reasons just as mysterious, at the Law & Order theme. Whether they are expressing discomfort or joining the chorus, we don’t really know.

In any event, for an impressive array of dogs howling at “Law & Order,” check out the compilation video above, or visit nastynets.com.


Comment from Kathy G.
Time February 26, 2010 at 11:10 am

Oh No…..this is my primary phone ringtone….good thing I only have 1 in my “pack”

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

As the human of a Beagle, I’m squarely in the “joining in the chorus” camp. Dogs howl to communicate, or sometimes just to see if anybody else is out there to “talk” to. (The sounds they make when in pain aren’t a thing like their sociable howls–they’re more like screams and are terrible to hear and unforgettable!) Beagles absolutely bay to communicate with each other and their humans when they’re on the trail of a scent. Some of us crazy people find the sound delightful and very musical. Spencer shows absolutely no interest in any recorded or televised music or dog noises. He doesn’t seem to recognize them. Our former foster-Beagle, Dawn (now Lily), was fascinated by dogs on television and clearly recognized them.