K9s For Warriors, a non-profit organization that provides service canines to US veterans needing assistance contacted Acoustiblok Inc., a NASA Spinoff listed company, about a ongoing serious barking noise issue where their 30 or more service dogs-in-training are housed.
Anyone who has been in a kennel is not likely to forget the tension and stress they felt from the incredible constant barking noise which easily exceeds 100db. (OSHA requires hearing protection at 85db). Now imagine how stressed out the dogs are considering their hearing is vastly more sensitive then ours and all 30 are barking continuously. The staff was required to wear hearing protection whenever in the kennel area.
After careful analysis of the situation, Acoustiblok solved the noise problem with their Quiet-Cloud® (pat.pend.) Industrial Sound Absorption Panels. Originally designed for absorbing high-frequency industrial noise in inhospitable environments the all aluminum panels were a perfect solution as they are washable, fireproof, hydrophobic, and do not retain odors.
According to the organization, they are extremely pleased with the results. “These panels provide relief for every person and canine in the kennels. The dogs are calm and no longer stressed out. This improvement also helps the staff focus more and eases their stress as well. It is hugely appreciated and we are very thankful for this upgrade to our kennels,” said Brett Simon, President of K9s For Warriors.
Located in Ponte Vedra, Florida, K9s For Warriors trains rescue and shelter dogs to become service dogs for veterans; they have two kennels on property to house the dogs. They can handle up to 30 dogs in each kennel.
The noise problem they were confronting was the echoing/reverberation of the barking; the way kennels are built, all tile and concrete, amplifies the noise immensely.
A single dog barking can reach 80-90 decibels (there are dogs that can reach over 100dB). When you have a group of dogs such as those in a kennel or daycare center, the typical noise level can reach an alarming 115 decibels. At this decibel level a person should not stay in the area even 15 minutes without hearing protection.
To put it in perspective, normal human speech is around 60dB; an automobile 80dB and a jackhammer 90dB. Louder than 85dB, damage to the hearing starts to occur. In addition to hearing damage, high noise levels have been linked to lowered productivity, decreased communication skills, insomnia and other sleep disorders, anxiety, heart arrhythmia and more.
The solution was to install eighteen Quiet-Cloud Industrial Sound Absorption Panels. The panels are unique in that they absorb sound globally (from every direction). Each light weight panel was suspended from the ceiling hanging from one edge as a banner. They spaced the panels end to end two inches apart from each other to allow the perforated panel ends to also absorb sound. The facility’s maintenance team was able to install the panels in the kennel in two days and found the process simple and easy (see photos).