Howling Study

Howling Study

Some dogs like to howl when they hear particular sounds, such as music or sirens. But why do they howl in those contexts? And are they able to modulate their howls depending on the context?

Members of the Canine Brains Project from Harvard and Tufts are investigating whether dogs are able to control their voice pitch when howling along to recorded sounds.

Owners of all breeds of dogs are invited to fill out a short survey about your dog's howling behavior and submit a video of your dog howling along to a sound. We may later contact you for additional data collection.

If you own a Samoyed, Shiba Inu, Siberian Husky, New Guinea Singing Dog, or other primitive/ancient breed or landrace dog, you are invited to additionally submit a set of experimental videos (each taken on a different day): 3 of your dog howling to his/her howl-triggering sound, 3 howling to this sound shifted up in pitch, and 3 howling to this sound shifted down in pitch. We will provide you with these different versions of the sound.

Dogs who complete the experimental portion of the study will get a diploma in canine musical studies. If desired, we will also share clips of them howling on our social media pages.

You can see clips of dogs participating in this study by visiting our Twitter page @howlingstudy.

To participate, please follow the steps below.

1. Complete the registration form below (or click here to complete it in a new tab).


2. Complete the consent form below (or click here to complete it in a new tab).

(Please note that this consent form includes information for all of the Canine Brains Project's studies. Some of the information will not pertain to you and your dog for this study.)


3. After you complete the consent form, you will see a link to a survey for the Howling Study. Please fill out that survey.

4. Please wait for an email from us with further instructions. If you do not find an email from us within 3 business days, please check your spam filter or email us directly at

Canine Brains Project