The engineers at Ford have come up with a new — and likely extremely expensive — way to soothe your firework-skittish dog this year.
Over in the United Kingdom, Ford engineers have applied the carmaker’s new noise canceling technology to dog kennels, creating a sleek kennel that should give dogs some relief to New Year’s Eve and July Fourth fireworks.
“Many animals find fireworks scary — and compared to people, dogs can hear things that are four times further away, and across a much wider range of frequencies,” said UK dog trainer Graeme Hall, who is quoted on a Ford UK’s blog post about the kennel. Preparing in advance of firework displays is the key – and part of that is to identify a place where your pets feel safe and happy.”
The company posted a YouTube video with the details of the project. At the moment, the kennel is just a prototype and isn’t available for sale in the United States — and it might never be, as the kennel is most likely a publicity stunt to promote the company’s noise canceling tech.
Failing a high-tech, noise-proof crate, there are a few simpler ways to keep you pet safe this time of year, including keeping your pets inside, crating them before fireworks begin and playing music or having noise in the background to mask the sound of fireworks.
If your pet does escape from the home, it’s unlikely they’ll wander far, according to Julie Edwards, executive director of the Northeast Georgia Humane Society.
“Have a slip lead and some yummy treats handy,” according to the humane society’s lost pet checklist. “Sit or lay on the ground and entice them to come to you and slip the lead over their head.”
It’s also a generally good idea to get your pets microchipped in case they wander away and are picked up by the society or the Hall County Animal Shelter.