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Aug 27, 2013, 08:19 AM
JimmytheCap
Homasote Dog Crate Cover
Hello all,

The title of the post says it all. I hope I'm posting in the right forum. I'm currently building a homasote cover for my dog crate.

I have two little beasts who howl incessantly whenever I or my wife leave the house. Needless to say, it's really upsetting the neighbors directly above us.

So my idea was to construct a cover made of various sound reducing materials to, at the very least, drastically cut down on the noise. The box itself is constructed from 2x4s and the homasote attached to the exterior.

I have a basic understanding of how sound travels through things and where there is air there is sound. Now, my problem is that I can still hear a good bit of barking when I leave because there is no back to the crate because I couldn't figure out how to allow a continuous flow of air so that the dogs can breathe.

Does anybody have any suggestions on how to fully enclose the crate while still allowing them breathe? It won't be completely sound proof, I understand that, but will drilling holes in the homasote help at all or was this just a giant waste of time?

Thank you all for your consideration.
Aug 27, 2013, 08:45 AM
Sparky617
I'd start with behavior therapy to quiet the dog. Debarking is an option, though many vets won't do it anymore, along the lines that many won't declaw a cat. Debarking will lower the volume of the bark but they'll still have a voice.

Here are some thoughts on quieting your dog.

http://www.ask.com/question/ho...wn&an=apn&ap=ask.com

With respect to your homasote dog crate, I assume you are making a cover to go over a crate. Any dog with enough time on his paws is going to get out of a homasote crate in a day.


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Aug 27, 2013, 10:04 AM
GardenSprite
Your efforts are laudable and reflect not only a concern for your neighbors but your dogs as well. I really give you credit for your proposed solution and an attempt to appease the neighbors.

But I do agree with Sparky on this. The dogs are barking for a reason. Some small dogs have "issues". Others need attention and don't like to be left alone. Sometimes there are perceived abandonment issues.

Are these puppies or full grown dogs? Are they caged when you're gone? How long have you had the dogs? Do they get any exercise when you're home?

Have you tried music therapy? If not, try playing different types of music - Strauss and Mozart are known to be soothing. There are also various ocean, babbling brook and other soft music sounds for calming.

You might try playing a CD of soothing music or leaving the radio set to an FM station.

A last and less likely option is to contact Caesar, the dog man, and see if he can help. He has a lot of insight into canine behavior and seems to be able to solve most dog problems with which he's presented. Even if you can't get on his show, he may have a Q & A forum.

http://www.cesarsway.com/

Good luck.

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Aug 27, 2013, 05:42 PM
Jaybee
I'm a dog person, but I suspect that I am not as n ice as GardenSprite.

Agree that you need to approach this as a trainable issue but I would go the shock collar route. You should see some results in a day or two.

The problem with making something soundproof is that you are basically insulating a sealed area. Put a couple of dogs surrounded by insulation and they are going to overheat. The only solution I can think of is baffled openings with fans for airflow - a bit too drastic an approach.


Jaybee
Aug 27, 2013, 07:17 PM
GardenSprite
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Jaybee:
I'm a dog person, but I suspect that I am not as n ice as GardenSprite.

Agree that you need to approach this as a trainable issue but I would go the shock collar route. You should see some results in a day or two.

QUOTE]

Ouch! Frown Wouldn't it be better to know that a dog is lulled to sleep by classical music than shocked? Wink And even though I'm not a dog psychologist, it seems that if the reason for the dogs barking isn't treated, but rather punished, the underlying psychological issues remain and the dogs may instead become frightened of any kind of collar.

Jimmy, are these dogs rescue dogs? If so, that might explain their unhappiness at being left alone.

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