How many times have you wondered what Fido is doing with his head cocked to one side, ears at full alert? Is it a predator? A car? Or maybe...an insect? That's right, dogs can hear the buzz and commotion of even the tiniest of creatures. For some dogs, insects are just a part of life, but for others, they are extremely annoying and even frightening!
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Signs Your Dog Can Hear an Insect
During the quiet hours of the night or in nature, the world is a very noisy place for dogs. While you may run to the mountains to escape the noise and commotion of city life, your dog is still on high alert. Not only does their sense of smell go wild in these situations, but their ears are feeling the love, too. Science has actually shown that dogs can hear movements of rocks underground before an earthquake, which certainly means they can hear an approaching predator or noisy insect in the vicinity.
If you aren't sure whether Fido's picking up on what's going on around you, all you have to do is watch their ears. A dog's ears move independently from one another, which is what allows them to detect movement and noises from various directions.
If you pay close attention at any given moment, you will likely notice your dog's ears moving back and forth, to the side, and even flickering down. All of these motions help them identify and detect many different noises, including insect activity.
- Head tilting
- Raise ears
- Head turning
- Ears up
- Listening and sniffing the ground at the same time
- Focusing on their surroundings
- Ears moving back and forth
History of Dogs Hearing Insects
In the wild, dogs had to rely on their instinct along with their sense of smell, hearing, and sight in order to survive. A dog's ears can be likened to an antennae or radar that hones in on different sounds. The structure of their ears combined with their sensitive range of hearing allow them to determine exactly where a given sound is coming from.
Science Behind Dogs Hearing Insects
They are also able to filter sounds better than we can. Dogs can hear upwards of 45,000 Hz (compared to 23,000 Hz for humans), which means many of the common noises in our world are quite annoying to your canine best friend.
The sounds insects make range in frequency, many of which are out of the range of human hearing. Scientists recently discovered a new genus and three special of insect that registered the highest ultrasonic calling songs ever recorded!
Katydids, which are native to the rainforests of Colombia and Ecuador are extremely vocal when they are mating or calling for a partner. The acoustics can reach upwards of 150,000 Hz, which is beyond what both humans and dogs can hear! However, most katydids range between 5,000 Hz and 30,000 Hz, which is just slightly out of the range for humans but will within a dog's hearing capabilities.
But katydids aren't the only insect your dog can hear. Flies, bees, crickets, grasshoppers, ants, termites, spiders - you name it, your dog can hear it. So next time you are sitting on the patio or enjoying a cold drink in the quiet of nature, ask yourself what it would be like to hear as well as your dog and how incredible it must be to hear all these tiny creatures.
Training Your Dog to Hear Insects
As we mentioned earlier, a good clue as to what they are hearing is their ears. Are they raised and alert, or laid down? Because their ears can work independently from one another, there's a good chance your dog is paying close attention to your every move while dealing with a menacing fly at the same time.
How to React If Your Dog Hears an Insect:
Observe their behavior and take note of their demeanor.
Look around for what they are hearing.
If they seem annoyed or frightened, help them out!
Safety Tips for When Your Dog Hears an Insect:
Most insects are harmless, but if you think it is a threat to your canine, help them out.