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Do House Alarms Hurt Dogs Ears If They Go Off?

#1 User is offline   moosepup 

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:34 PM

Went out for dinner and got a call from Chubb that house alarm was going off so went home but couldn't figure out what set it off. Anyways, the alarm sounds for 10 minutes, can it harm the dogs short/long term hearing?

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:37 PM

Were your dogs in the house while it was going off?

My Fuchsia that passed away last year had no problems staying in the same room while the alarm was going off and couldnt care less. She was also obsessed with the beep noise that it made when you turn it on and off and for 12 years would rush in every time you opened the door and stand under the alarm box waiting for the beep.

My new dogs wait at the front door for the beep before coming inside as one day it didnt turn off properly and was sounding for a while before I could make the remote work.

I guess it depends on individual dogs if it hurts their ears or not. If they didnt like it they would run away from it if possible I would guess

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:58 PM

No idea. I would say there's a 99% chance they were inside but they did have access to outside through the doggy door. They don't appear to be bothered, being their usual silly selves. It's pretty loud though so I wouldn't like to be stuck with it for 10 minutes!

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 08:15 AM

We have a smoke alarm thats always going off when we cookc - its super sensitive (i don't always burn things :laugh:).

Riley doesn't even seem to flinch when that goes off and its pretty loud. Same deal with my parents house alarm, that never seemed to bother him either?

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 09:39 AM

Thanks guys. My main concern is that we don't know what set it off so I don't want it going off all the time while they're home alone. I work over an hour away so it's not like I can pop home to check. :(

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 09:56 AM

My dog hates the smoke alarm going off, I would say it does really hurt his ears

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:28 AM

Our smoke alarm went off a couple of times last week and our two just sat there and looked at it curiously. I wouldn't say it was hurting them at all.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:04 PM

Mine goes paralysed in fear tries to hide his head and his legs shake....

ETA the smoke alarm really hurts my ears!!! :mad

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:55 PM

Our dog whines if smoke or house alarm go off IF we don't get up and go to the noise. Same for a ringing phone. She will paw at you, lick your face and then resort to barking if you don't get up (I've tried to sleep through some phone calls before). Not sure if she is actually bothered by the noise or if she has just learned they should be tended to.

She doesn't react to the microwave, washing machine, dishwasher or OH's alarm clock. We must ignore those too frequently :laugh:

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:57 PM

It would have to hurt them?

Atlas hates the smoke alarm, when it is flat and beeps he actually wont come inside till i have turned it off.

Kaos on the other hand, i have taught her when the alarm goes off she is to run to me and jump and bark and go crazy (taught her this after Jeds housefire, thought if i am asleep and it goes off i want her to come to me), not sure what she would do with a house alarm!

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 07:53 PM

Okay thanks guys. We think we figured out what it was so it shouldn't go off now (unless we're being burgled!!). They don't seem to have been affected but I guess frequent exposure would be damaging.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 09:36 PM

View PostSydoo, on 10 September 2011 - 06:55 PM, said:

Our dog whines if smoke or house alarm go off IF we don't get up and go to the noise. Same for a ringing phone. She will paw at you, lick your face and then resort to barking if you don't get up (I've tried to sleep through some phone calls before). Not sure if she is actually bothered by the noise or if she has just learned they should be tended to.

She doesn't react to the microwave, washing machine, dishwasher or OH's alarm clock. We must ignore those too frequently :laugh:


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Posted 10 September 2011 - 10:21 PM

My experience of alarms going off when they shouldn't

one went off every night during moth season. ie there was a light near one of the sensors and it would get set off by light seeking bugs.

one got set off by cockroach crawling across it.

Another by wind flapping curtains when someone forgot to close a window before going out.

And my fav - the one that went off because the sensor was faulty. The dog was blamed but it wasn't her. Ie it did it when she wasn't home.

And the alarms hurt my ears. Nearly killed mum's cleaning lady because she wouldn't stop cleaning so I could shut the stupid thing off.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 09:01 AM

With our smoke alarms at work, we spray fly spray around the censors every few months - the alarm guys recommended it to kill the cochroaches etc that might set it off.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 01:59 PM

Good tip wags, thanks. There were a crapload of cobwebs in front of the sensor so we think it was either that or spideys setting it off.

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