Dogs have a much larger hearing aid than people do and sounds that do not bother us can give them a lot of ruff time. Fireworks are especially tough on many kids and also hard on the owners who have to calm their panicking pets. In order to help them, Ford has developed a sound-dampening kennel prototype that says it was inspired by the audio control technology introduced in its Edge SUV to mitigate engine and transmission noise.
When microphones in the kennel detect the sound of fireworks, a built-in audio system sends out the opposite frequencies that Ford claims significantly reduces or interrupts cakophonin. The kennel is also built with high density cork to further dampen external noise.
The silencing kennel is currently not for sale, but Ford says it is “the first in a series of initiatives called interventions know-how to help solve everyday problems.”
You may remember, especially if you have a baby, last year, Ford developed a crib called Max Motor Dreams to calm infants who just fall asleep in moving vehicles, a situation that many exhausted parents (with high-mileage cars) are familiar with. The guns had little engines below that stimulated the sensation of a moving vehicle, actually played traffic noise and even had built-in LED lighting to emulate the incandescent light in the headlights.
At that time, Ford said the crib could be made for sale if there was enough interest, but despite the fact that Max Motor Dreams never made it into the market. It’s not a encouraging sign for people who want to buy the silencing kennel, but meanwhile there are some ways to prepare your dogs for holiday fireworks. There is also a product called ThunderShirt that will help relieve angst in dogs, but the result will of course vary from dog to dog.