Audimute’s latest “Talking Acoustics” video describes 5 easy solutions for controlling Dog Barking Noise. Most pet owners know how hard it is to leave their animals at home alone for both long and short periods of time. Often times when left alone, our pets tend to be loud and disruptive to the people living around us.
Dog barking specifically is one of the loudest and most common pet noise problems that can be disruptive to our neighbors. In the video below Rick, Audimute’s acoustic specialist gives a few simple solutions to make both your dog and your neighbors happy.
- Play Soft Classical Music
Dogs find classical music soothing and playing it can reduce the frequency of your dog’s disruptive barking. Most dog owners under estimate how intelligent their K-9 companions actually are and they are unaware of how much dogs appreciate the complexities of classical music. Keeping classical music on a low volume while you are away may be all you need to cut down on your dog’s troublesome barking.
- Add a Window Plug
If you leave your dog in a room with a window adding a simple window plug to the space may be beneficial. A glass window is usually the weakest structural element in a room and often the source for the most noise transfer. Layering plywood with a barrier product like our Peacemaker® will help add mass to your window and reduce the amount of sound that transmits out of your space.
- Seal off Air Gaps
The air gaps around a door can also transmit sound out of a room. Any place air can go, sound can go so sealing off your doorway with weather stripping or our Door Seal Kit can greatly reduce the noise that transfers out of your space.
- Add Soft Absorption Materials
Adding soft materials to your space can also greatly cut down on the intensity of your dog’s barking sound. Absorption products soften the hard reflective surfaces in your dog’s space and can reduce the amount of sound that travels outward to your neighbors.
Begin by adding blankets, rugs and curtains to the space to cut down on some of the intensity of the Dog Barking Noise. If your dog’s barking is still disruptive, a consistent absorption solution, like our Absorption Sheets or Acoustic Panels, might be necessary.
- Increase Mass and Density to Your Wall
If all of the above tips fail, adding mass and density to your walls will block noise transfer out of your space. Mass loaded sound barrier products, like our Peacemaker®, reduce the transference of sound waves into and out of a room. Adding mass to your walls will require some light construction but once installed the results will be consistently effective.
For more information about reducing the amount of Dog Barking Noise in your space give us a call, 866-505-MUTE, and one of our acoustic specialists will be able to help you or check our our resource center for Pet Noise Control. Stay tuned for our next “Talking Acoustics” video about noise control in open concept spaces.