Sight And Sound

Canine Zone|April/May 2020 edition

Sight And Sound
Do music or movie soundtracks affect your dog, and can they actually watch television?

We all know that dogs have incredible hearing. But if a dog can hear four times the distance of a human with normal hearing, how does a speaker playing an action movie or your favourite song on repeat affect your fur kid?

Well, it’s a difficult question to answer, as it does depend on a wide range of factors. Every dog is unique, and while a gun being fired for five minutes straight during your eleventh viewing of Die Hard may not affect your dog, another dog that’s afraid of loud noises, such as fireworks, may feel differently.

There’s also the question of music. Dogs can hear frequencies that we cannot, and while the instrumental portions of a song may not affect your pet, there are several other potentially irritating sounds in the background that you simply can’t hear. A dog can hear sounds up to 50,000 Hz, which is double that of a human at 20,000 Hz. So, if you feel like a particular sound is a bit much for you or your pet, chances are that you’re completely correct.

HOW DOGS HEAR SOUNDS

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