Pros & Cons of Using A Soundproof Dog Crate
- Controlling the noise to pass to the other side of the boundary.
- The dog will not be afraid of the loud noises.
- Dog’s barking sound will not be loud enough to be heard outside.
- The method can be used positively for discipline enforcement.
- It will make the crate a ‘safe place’ for the dog.
- Crate and toilet training in a soundproof dog crate will be easier..
- Sound dampers can hinder the air ventilation.
- Cleaning the crate will not be as easy as cleaning the regular ones.
- Soundproof dog crate will cost a bit more than the regular crates.
- Rambunctious pooches can easily ruin the whole arrangement.
- Similarly, the dogs having mouthing habit are not fit for a soundproof dog crate.
How to Soundproof a Dog Crate?
A soundproof dog crate or a soundproof room seems to be a good idea. However, it is only a temporary solution to the problem. It means you are taking extra measures to control the existing issue i.e. reasons for a dog to bark.
Some dogs will keep barking even on smallest things i.e. looking at the TV, looking at other animals on the street, insects, etc. In contrast to that, the other dogs will bark, whine, or how to communicate.
Thus, you cannot just put a dog in an isolated dog box and assume that the problem does not exist anymore. Keeping a dog unattended during this situations can develop the destructive side of him. Likewise, making a dog feel safe is the only solution to use the dog crate better. We call it active soundproofing method where you teach the dog to stay calm.
On the contrary, you can use soundproof dog crate is your pooch has a habit to bark for a while. It means, if you Fido gets quiet after a few minutes of barking then it is fine using a soundproof crate. We call it passive method where you use a soundproof crate to suppress the noise.
This method is making a soundproof crate by not preparing a soundproof dog crate. In fact, it does not have to do anything with the soundproof dog crate. Here you crate train your little pup in a good way. In that manner, the pooch will learn to stay calm and content inside the crate.
You can either follow the detailed guide on How to Crate Train a Dog or follow the brief below:
1. Teach Him to Relax in the Crate
Firstly, the dog needs to relax inside his ‘crate palace’. There should not be a reason for the dog to get anxious about it. You can use these steps to relax a dog from the crate.
- You shall accompany him during the initial period till he gets used to the crate.
- Never lock the pooch inside during the initial period, even if you are around.
- Start using the door when the pup is used to the crate.
- Do not keep the crate at a corner spot, keep it where you hang around in the house.
- Use a comfortable dog crate bed.
- Use dog crate cover to prevent the light exposure intruding inside.
2. Playing Toy
This is the best method to teach a dog to use his crate. You can use toy which your pup like the most. Keep it inside the crate all the time. Also, you can make a permanent position of the toy to be inside the crate.
It will not only make the dog crate appear like a playing spot to your pooch but also a ‘Happy Place’. Then your dog will not associate the crate and you disappearing. Instead, the dog will be enthusiastic about using his crate like a den.
3. Never Keep Him in the Bathroom
The first unsaid rule about placing a dog crate is choosing a spot where you usually accompany your pooch inside the house. Yes, it will help the pup keep his calm looking at the familiar things around from the crate.
Moreover, pet parents use the bathroom to hold their dogs inside and expect them to be calm. We found this answer from a few forums. Pet parent use bathroom if their dogs continuously bark while they are gone. However, it is not that they see it as a solution but they think it’s the only option they have. If you are one of them then please understand it is not so.
Furthermore, a bathroom is not a place where most of the pet parent would accompany their pets. Additionally, a bathroom will have more echoes of the barking, or howling which is not desirable. It will only make the situation worse for your dog.
4. Work Him Out Till He Gets Exhausted
This is an effective method of dealing with the problem. You can schedule the play time with your dog before the time you leave for work. You can exercise him till he gets exhausted. Go for a long walk in the park. In addition to that, you can use a bicycle for yourself to save energy for the day.
If your dog wants to rest after the morning exercise then there is a win-win for you. You will stay fit with a morning cycling routine. And the dog stays fit and contented, willing to use his crate in order to rest.
In a passive method, we actually use the soundproof dog crate to control the noises reaching out. It is just opposite to what we saw in the above section i.e. saving the dog from outside noises’.
There are two options by which you can prepare a soundproof dog crate or the soundproof surroundings. The first method is ‘Soundproofing the crate’ and another method is ‘Soundproofing the room’.
Soundproofing the Crate
In this section, we will focus primarily on the objects that can make regular kennel a soundproof dog crate. Moreover, there are specific methods for applying some of the sound absorbing materials. It means you will need some tools for it. While there are other some sound absorbing materials which you can easily apply.
1. Dog Crate Cover
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Dog crate cover is one of the easiest objects that you apply to the kennel. Additionally, it will have some substantial results in suppressing the noises. The dog crate covers made of thick fabric especially with a padding layer will be great.
It will not only prevent the outside noises from intruding but also decrease the inside noises to pass outside.
Moreover, the soundproof dog crate cover will not absorb the noises substantially. It can cut a fraction of the total noise. That means a mild noise will be audible to the complaining neighbor. The dog crate cover will the crate more like a sound reducing dog crate than a soundproof.
2. Dog Crate Bed
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A dog crate bed is useful for the dog’s comfort. We use it to make the crate comfortable and soft to sleep. Similarly, the dog bed which covers the half height of the wall can easily suppress the noises.
There are various dog crate bed ranges with different length, height, and thickness. You can select a thick dog crate bed that covers a major part of the side walls too. The material used in the bed i.e. cotton, synthetic fiber, foam, etc. are good sound absorbers. It also includes the soundproof blanket for a dog crate that will solve the problem.
Hence, the dog crate bed along with the dog crate cover can absorb the noises substantially. You can rely on these two materials if you do not have a loud and rigorously barking dog.
3. Acoustic Panels
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Acoustic panels are built to divert and eventually cancel out the noise by multiple reflecting surfaces. Any simple acoustic panel would look like a spike wall(image above).
These panels absorb the reverberation into its multi-surface layers and prevent it from reflecting. Additionally, it can also prevent the vibrations or sound from passing through.
You can use this method to cover the sidewalls and the ceiling too. However, it will not be necessary to cover the floor. In that case, you shall use the dog crate pad or the dog crate bed.
Note: Make sure you provide the ventilation. Generally, soundproofing methods will cover the crate in a way that would prevent the natural airflow. Use the small fans to allow forced ventilation inside the crate.
Soundproofing the Room
Soundproofing the room is rather a safe yet expensive method to solve the problem. Go through the series of solutions we have provided.
Carpeting the floor is a great and inevitable factor if we want to soundproof a room. Generally, the Americans use some sort of carpets to cover the floor. In fact, some people choose to have thick and soft carpets for their floors which is even better.
The carpet can notably absorb the loud noise. The materials from which the carpets are made are all the sound absorbing materials. You can just use an extra layer of the carpet if you feel like it works.
Although the carpet will not solve the problem evidently it will minimize the issue for sure. You can look for the other solutions too and use them in combination.
2. Acoustic panels
Similar to the topic we discussed regarding soundproofing the crate. In the same manner, you can use the acoustic panels on your walls and even on the ceiling. It will not only absorb the noise but also reduce the echoes.
3. Soundproof Curtains
Curtains will also prove to be good objects that absorb the reverberations. Generally, the long curtains running from the near ceiling to the floor can absorb noises too. Moreover, these curtains are used for industrial purposes, theatre or cinema halls, etc.
These curtains are made up of thick and dense materials which will absorb the vibrations. Generally, there are more few layers which include the fabric, cushioning, and other fabric to make the curtain.