Dogs have incredable hearing!

“The truth of the matter is that, for some sounds, a dog’s hearing is really hundreds of times better than ours, whereas for other sounds, dogs and humans have sound sensitivities that are very much the same.” Understanding the frequency difference that your puppy or dog hears can help in giving you ways to help make your puppy more adjusted to noise you may not even notice. Knowing that this can be a puppy barking phase or something that is really distressing your puppy can help you make those adjustments.

I just want him to stop barking

Paying attention to what might be triggering your puppy or adult dog to bark at night could be as simple as a
water conditioning cycle set to work at night or possibly one of those robot vacuums working through the night.
Could even be high pitch noises you don’t even hear. Dogs can be distressed with every day noises we hear all the
time. Dogs may eventually get accustom to new sounds but will always hear them.

I am always amazed at when our morning help comes driving in. The dogs cannot see them drive down the quarter mile lane but they can sense it is his vehicle by the sound they are hearing. After reading an article listed on the AKC website recently explaining the pitch and frequency of the noises dogs are tuned into can make all
the difference. You can read this article here

Dogs communicate with sign language

I have paid more attention to how I am getting them to pay attention to me, am I using my voice and hand signals. So that when I may not want to call them with my voice they will still respond to my hand signals. I do believe this is a learned pattern also. You might check your training methods if your puppy is barking,
especially at night or when you don’t necessarily want them to. I always try to be aware of my reactions am I encouraging the puppy to bark? There are times when we like them to bark such as when they are alerted by someone new or when there might be danger. So not all barking is bad, just working through what is going on
with the puppy or dog to make them bark all night.

A barking dog may be a sign of health issues.

Just like humans, dogs can lose their hearing with age or from other factors, such as a severe ear infection.
The ability to detect high-pitched sounds is usually the last to go, so louder, high-frequency sounds, like a whistle,
may work even when your dog can no longer hear your voice.

I remember years ago when I just could not figure this pup out, I told my husband she has selective hearing.  I placed the puppy with a family and told them I was completely stumped on how she sometimes hears me and other times not. They scheduled a hearing test through K-State to evaluate her hearing and asked if I wanted to go along. This was many years ago and I was amazed at how they determined she could hear but only from one ear. This was a defect and was easy to test for. And helped a great deal with how to go about training her. 

If you have a situation and want to check your dog’s hearing capabilities, this can be tested without the dog having to do a thing. The Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) hearing test is as simple as placing
electrodes on a dog’s head and earphones in their ears. Check this video out listed on the AKC website.

I hope you have found this article helpful. If you are considering adopting a fur-ever friend we at the Siess Ranch specialize in fitting our puppies in the best suited homes. Check out the nursery  and contact us with any questions you may have. 


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