How to Soundproof an Area for Dogs

Hang cotton or wool tapestries on your walls to help dampen the echoing effect of your dogs’ barking or whining. The more wall coverage, the more soundproof the area will be. Place one or more full bookshelves around your room to help absorb sound waves and to create a “thicker” wall.

Soundproofing for dogs, especially if you have more than one, not only gives you some peace and quiet, it can also make you famous with your neighbors. If you only have one dog, a soundproof room can become an oasis for them. Whether you are building a room from scratch or installing an old room to make it soundproof, the key to calmness is in the materials you define. The heavier the material, the less likely the sound will escape. Make sure your bases are covered, which means keeping in mind the wall, ceiling, floor, and even entrances and windows.

  • Use a staple gun to adhere to remnant carpet pieces or heavy blankets to your walls. If your budget allows, purchase manufactured panels specially designed for soundproofing. A 24 x 48-inch panel that is 4 inches thick sells for $60. Cover your walls as completely as possible, since more coverage equates to more silence.
  • Lay a wall-to-wall carpet on the floor. Save money by buying carpet remnants. The carpet does not need to be secured as long as it is covering the entire floor area. An outdoor carpet that is thin but made of a material that is rough on the surface is preferable. Not only is this material easy to clean with a simple hose, but the dogs also will not catch their nails on the fibers and pull them. Additionally, rough surfaces absorb sound more than smooth surfaces that allow sound waves to travel.
  • Apply adhesive weather strips to the threshold of your door. If cost is not a concern, a solid material door is more apt to minimize sound than one made out of a composite material.
  • Minimize noise that travels through windows by applying more weather stripping to the bottom of the window, as well as by hanging heavy drapes or lighter drapes with a liner sewn in. Keep drape bottoms out of your dog’s reach by trimming them to size with your scissors so they rest comfortably against the window sill.
  • Apply a coarse acoustic spray texture to the ceiling. This will give it that “popcorn ceiling” appearance, and provides the textured surface that is sound-absorbing. Simply point the bottle nozzle toward the ceiling and spray in long, even strokes. Calculate the area of your ceiling and read the spray can directions carefully to determine how many spray cans you will need. The spray is not hazardous to dogs. A can of coarse acoustic spray sells for less than $20.

Is there a soundproof dog cage?
With a dog crate, this is not possible. You should make sure to leave enough room to allow your dog to breathe. For this reason, the dog crate cannot be completely soundproof. However, you can increase the sound-absorbing capabilities to reduce the noise you are going through.