We've all been there, dancing around to our favorite tunes courtesy of our laptop or computer speakers. This is a great way to do chores, create some good background noise, or even have a party! However, have you ever stopped to think if everyone in your house can hear your computer speakers blasting away?
Noise complaints from nosey neighbors can be a pain, but what if there's someone else that might be bothered by your loud jamming out? Have you ever thought about your dog? Dogs have always been known to have a strong sense of hearing, much stronger than humans, but can they hear your computer speakers too? Probably so!
Signs Your Dog is Hearing Something
Can we be sure dogs can hear computer speakers? The answer is probably yes, since dogs have better hearing than humans. If you're still doubtful, though, there are a few things you might observe your dog doing if they can hear something.
The first thing is if it's a new sound, your dog might stand alertly with their ears up, listening. If you're playing music, some dogs like to howl along with the music - but not all dogs do this. You might also notice them sniffing the air to see if they can smell what's going on.
Something to keep in mind while you're rocking out on your computer is if it's bothering your dog. If it bothers them, you really need to turn the sound down or off so you don't hurt your pup's ears. Your pup can't talk to tell you that you're bothering them, so it's important to watch their body language.
You might notice if your pup really doesn't like what they are hearing because they might become very stiff and may even bark at the noise. They might cower or shake if they're scared. You also might notice your pup turning around and running the other way. Some dogs even go as far as hiding somewhere when sounds become too loud.
History of Dogs and Hearing
Dogs have had the amazing ability to hear things that humans can't for a very long time. There's no exact date, but we are pretty sure it has been since before they became domesticated. Dogs have descended from wolves, and so, from the beginning, their hearing could have been used for a variety of things like safety, hunting, and even communication between pack members. Some scientists also believe that howling might be a form of communication to dogs, and that dogs have a sense of rhythm when they howl in groups.
If you look on YouTube under "dog singing", you'll find an array of cute videos of pups singing along to music. How would they be able to "sing" if they couldn't hear what the music or sounds are being played on?
Science Behind Dogs and Hearing
As mentioned, dogs are not lacking at all in the hearing department. In fact, dogs can hear between 67-45,000 Hz whereas humans can hear between 64-23,000 Hz. Dogs also have specially constructed ears that "catch" sound waves. This helps them hear even more!
It's also interesting to note that some researchers believe dogs hear music differently that how humans do, but it doesn't mean they don't enjoy it, as well.
Training Your Dog to Hear Computer Speakers
So, how can you train your dog to be able to hear thing better? There's not really a solid way to do that, since dogs are born with their ability to hear - they don't learn it. The best option you have is keeping your pooch healthy and safe.
So, make sure your dog is getting a good, balanced diet and plenty of clean water. Walks and playtime are essential to keeping their senses sharp and for them to bond with you. So, make plenty of time for exercise. It's also important to take your dog to the vet, to keep your pup up on all of his shots and to maintain good health.
Another thing to keep in mind is your dog's safety. Loud noises can be damaging to their sensitive ears, and dogs can also run away if they are scared. So, if your dog seems bothered by loud sounds coming from anywhere -a computer or another object - you need to turn the noise down, if possible.
If your dog is a runner, please always keep doors and windows to your home secure. Also, be sure that your fencing around your home is sturdy and gates are kept closed. Sometimes, frightened dogs will run and they can get lost or hurt.
So, can a dog hear computer speakers? Probably - if you can hear sounds coming from your computer speakers, it's a pretty safe bet that your pup can too, since their hearing is much stronger than yours.
By Katie Anderson
Published: 06/05/2018, edited: 04/06/2020