My dog would never wear those...
You’d be surprised.
It doesn’t take long for most dogs to “compute” cause and effect. Dogs figure out very quickly that the Mutt Muffs are what is stopping the noise. Ironically, most make this determination by getting them off in flight. Usually just once. That's all the doggy evidence required to know life was happier when they were on.
When adjusted properly, Mutt Muffs fit securely enough that head shaking isn’t enough to get them off. Removal takes paw power.
Can I Return Them?
Faster than you can say Woof! Just click here for exchange and refund information
What's the dB rating?
The inner foam that we use is the exact same ester resin foam that is used in many high end commercial head sets designed for humans. Based on the materials used, the estimated decibel reduction is between 25 and 28, assuming proper fit and a good seal against your pup's head. That's 25-28 dB reduction in the human hearing range of 20,000 cycles per second, which is the only range that we have data for. Our canine friends can hear much higher frequencies (in the range of 43,000 cycles per second). As the frequency goes up, so does the effectiveness of Mutt Muffs, simply because the higher the frequency is, the more easily it is absorbed. Therefore, Mutt Muffs are especially effective at protecting against the high frequency wind whistles and shrieks we humans cannot even hear.
There is another factor that comes into play as well. The dog's own ear flaps are down and covering the ear canal, providing yet another layer of protection, better even than placing your hands over your own ears.
Does it really make a difference?...
It makes a big difference! Even if you’re not convinced that the noise is harmful to your dog, think of how uncomfortable you know it must be. The most reported change in a dog’s demeanor has been that the dog used to “sleep” during the flight, but with the Muff Muffs he’s up and looking out the window, actually enjoying the flight. He wasn’t “sleeping” before…. He was uncomfortable.
Does Noise Really Hurt My Dog's Ears?
You Betcha!... Yes-noise can be dangerous.. If it is loud enough and lasts long enough, it can damage your dog's hearing. The damage caused by noise, called sensorineural hearing loss or nerve loss, can be caused by several factors other than noise, but noise-induced hearing loss is different in one important way... it can be reduced or prevented altogether.
Why Can't I Just Stuff His Ears With Cotton?...
Good Luck with that! Ordinary cotton balls or tissue paper wads stuffed into the ear canals are very poor protectors; they reduce noise only by approximately 7 dB. More importantly, dog's don't like that.
How come my dog can still hear me while wearing the muffs?
Because Mutt Muffs are not 'noise eliminating'. They provide 'passive decibel reduction', which means they reduce dangerous noise levels to acceptable noise levels. Don't believe it? Run to Home Depot and try on a set of ear muffs for use around loud power tools. You will still be able to hear the clerk tell you to stop opening packages, or he will have to call the manager. Granted, not as loudly as without them, but you will still be able to hear and understand.
Can Cats Wear Mutt Muffs?
We have sold quite a few Mutt Muffs to the feline community. Mutt Muffs "fit" cats. Whether or not Kitty will wear them is, however, completely between you and Kitty. As always, if your little darling refuses, you may return them for a refund, provided Kitty has not exacted revenge and destroyed them.
Do They Work for Fireworks?
Even though that was not the original intent, they work extrememly well to reduce your dog's fear of fireworks. Mutt Muffs offer sound reduction. Fireworks are loud noises. So yes!
From Soraya V Juarbe-Diaz, DVM, DACVB, CAAB, Board certified veterinary behaviorist.....
"The answer is, it depends. There are 2 types of severe fears that can make a dog react during thunderstorms: noise phobia and thunderstorm phobia."
"With noise phobias, dogs respond with excessive fear to a single or a variety of noises. During thunderstorms, dogs show fear only after they hear thunder, and occasionally, when they see lightning (because one usually follows the other). They tend to recover, that is - go back to normal, shortly after the storm passes and the last thunder is heard. They also can be anxious when they hear things that 'sound' like thunder, such as gunshots, back firing cars and some types of fireworks. Rain alone, cloudy or windy days do not upset these dogs as much. They may respond to other noises, and what they are scared of can vary (plastic bags, metal on metal, etc.) For a lot of these dogs, wearing Mutt Muffs when the sounds are occurring are a big help."
"If your dog responds to other changes that occur during thunderstorms, such as heavy rain, cloudy skies, wind, flickering lights in your home (signaling an impending power outage) and seem to predict the weather better than the local weather service, your dog is likely thunderphobic. It is possible and likely that these dogs can detect changes in barometric pressure. Because thunder is only one of the things that occur during thunderstorms, your dog is not likely to benefit as much from wearing the Mutt Muffs. While you can try using them and seeing if they help, don't be surprised if they don't. These dogs have more things that trigger a terrifying fear and need more help to provide relief."
Soraya V Juarbe-Diaz, DVM, DACVB, CAAB
Board certified veterinary behaviorist.
From Team Mutt Muffs.....
It depends. The feedback is mixed. Many report Mutt Muffs provide great relief for their dogs during thunderstorms. We have had returns, though, stating that they provided no significant relief.
If your dog is sensitive to the noise of the thunder, these will help. Storms, however, have many other factors than just noise. The air pressure drops, the sky grows dark, the wind kicks up, and the air becomes statically charged. All of these things could be the source of your dog's discomfort.
As always, if you would decide to try them, and find they don't meet with Fido's approval, just return them for a refund.