The Quiet Kennel For DogsAndrea Powell
Millions of dogs – nearly half of all dogs in the world – are frightened and take to hiding when fireworks start to go off. Some dogs shiver in fear and pant excessively, while others bolt for a safe and quiet spot. The loud whistling and booming noises are a nuisance to many dogs and their owners. Until silent fireworks are mandated everywhere, dog owners are relying on other inventions to help calm their dogs.
Ford Motor Company recently developed a noise-cancelling dog kennel prototype, called The Quiet Kennel, that has dog lovers excited. The prototype was created not with the intention of producing the kennels, but to promote their noise-cancelling technology in their new Ford Edge SUV.
However, Ford has built an amazing and genius solution for dogs that are afraid of fireworks and thunder. It is the first of what Ford is calling its “Interventions” — applying “automotive know-how to help solve everyday problems.”
The prototype works by creating a soundproofing kennel with high density cork for noise-cancelling panels. Then they incorporated internal microphones that trigger counteracting soothing sounds from an integrated audio system, that mimics the one found in their vehicles, when thunder or fireworks start.
The automatic door on the kennel and anti-vibration block risers complete this magnificent creation. Dogs are finally able to relax during fireworks with a quiet and safe kennel.
Lyn West from Ford of Europe stated, “We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could help people in other situations. Making sure dogs and their owners could enjoy a stress-free New Year’s Eve seemed like the perfect application for our Active Noise Control system, and we have a few more ideas in progress as to how our everyday lives might benefit from a little Ford know-how.”
Sadly, Ford does not plan to manufacture the kennels at this time. Hopefully, that will change in the near future.
Watch the video below to learn more about the genius prototype.