How Loud is a Dog Kennel? Understanding the Impact of Noise on Dogs

Noise levels in kennels can range from 85 to 100 decibels (dB), which is comparable to the sound of a motorcycle (95 dB) or a chainsaw (110 dB). This level of sound can cause hearing damage to both animals and humans, as well as decrease the quality and quantity of sleep in dogs. A study documented that noise levels in animal shelters typically exceed 100 dB. To put this into context, a motorcycle emits noise at 95 dB and a chainsaw at 110 dB.In residential areas, a daytime noise level of 65 dB is generally considered the maximum acceptable, with no more than 55 dB at night.

Unfortunately, there are currently no policies that regulate noise levels in kennels. To assess the noise levels to which


in an animal shelter are exposed on an ongoing basis and to determine the need for noise regulations, a study was conducted in a newly built animal shelter. Noise levels were measured using a noise dosimeter in all indoor areas for dogs, including large dogs for adoption, large stray dogs, small dogs for stray dogs, and front entrance.The results showed that the sound of the large adoptable area affected some of the noise measurements in the other rooms. Maximum noise levels regularly exceeded the measurement capacity of the dosimeter (118.9 dBA).

This indicates that when designing new facilities, more attention should be paid to noise reduction, as noise can cause physical and psychological stress in dogs.Barking is a natural behavior for dogs, but when it becomes a constant and disturbing part of their environment, it can have an adverse effect on their health. To reduce this risk, kennel design should address optimal sound range. The best dog boarding facilities offer cage-free playtime during the day and more spacious and comfortable kennels at night, with features such as their own dog blanket, soft rubber floors and privacy walls.In addition to providing adequate care and exercise for dogs, it is important to survey people who live near similar existing kennels to determine if a proposed doghouse will adversely affect their quality of life. It is also important to remember that animals have different hearing than humans; dogs (Canis familiaris) have much better hearing and can hear sounds up to four times lower than the human ear.

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