Can background noise make our dogs ill too?


Jerome Burne has written an article Is the Noise of Modern Life Making you ill’?

Noise pollution is linked to

  • Increased waist size and diabetes.
  • It affects schoolchildren’s academic performance. They can also become more annoyed.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Disturbed sleep and increases risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease

So what about dogs – with their infinitely better hearing?

Dogs detect sounds as low as the 16 to 20 Hz frequency range (compared to 20 to 70 Hz for humans) and as high as 70,000 to 100,000 Hz (compared to 20,000 Hz for humans.

Is noise making our dogs ill too? How loud is loud to a dog? Even the hum of a fridge 40 decibels!

Are modern sounds like TV and humming computers affecting our dogs’ behaviour? Should we be suggesting to clients of stressy dogs no more wall-to-wall TV and a quiet sleeping place away from kitchen appliances?

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think.  Here is a very interesting article  in by Rebecca Beris.

Here is the story of a blind dog I went to a while ago who will have been even more acutely aware of every little sound.

Theo Stewart, The Dog Lady 

Go to the main website:


About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist C.C.B (Certified Canine Behaviourist) INTODogs). I have helped over 3000 dog owners over eighteen years. In addition to online consultations all over the world, I cover Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks for home visits. A 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site:
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