How to Soundproof a Dog Crate

How to soundproof a dog crate? There are many reasons you would want to soundproof your dog’s crate.

Constant barking can keep your baby awake, make your neighbors angry, keep you up at night, and the list goes on.

I have always loved dogs, but I wouldn’t call myself a dog person because I also like cats.  At the moment, I have one dog, and he is a Husky.

He has a beautiful bright white fur coat and blue eyes.  He’s the type of Husky you will see in a textbook when looking one up.

Along with his textbook looks is his textbook behavior.  Huskies, in general, are known to have a lot more energy than other dog breeds, and that’s simply because they are referred to as worker dogs.

One of the most annoying things besides having to clean up after your hyper-energetic dog is constant barking and howling.

Huskies are notorious howlers.  My dog loves to howl at night time.

One day I even had my neighbor knock on my door at 3 am, telling me that he couldn’t sleep because my dog wouldn’t stop howling and crying.

This was when I knew that it was time to fix this problem.  I had to somehow soundproof my dog’s crate.

After hours of research, I’d like to share with you the best methods I have come up with to keep your dog quiet and soundproof his crate.

What Is a Soundproof Dog Crate?

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A soundproof dog crate is a crate that is specifically designed with sound-absorbing materials.

These materials will help muffle your dog’s barking.

When your dog’s crate is properly soundproofed, it will effectively reduce the echos as well as the intensity of his barking.

Soundproofing your dog’s crate will not only benefit you and others around you.

It will also benefit your dog.  Your dog will also benefit from the soundproof crate.

The most common noises that will trigger your dog are usually thunderstorms, an ambulance, other barking dogs, loud cars, and many other loud noises that may disturb their ears.

Soundproofing your dog’s crate will not eliminate all of the noise completely.

A little proper training of your dog can also go a long way when it comes to controlling his barking, but first, let’s start with his crate.

How to Soundproof a Dog Crate (DIY)

After hours of research, I found the best ways to make my dog’s carrier soundproof.  A few things I have learned is that it’s important to make sure there are no holes or gaps in your soundproof project.

Sound will be able to escape out of these small holes and gaps causing, which is the opposite of what we are going after.

This is what really makes soundproofing a dog crate a challenge.  It is just about impossible to fill every single hole and gap in a dog crate, so it will never be entirely soundproof per se.

You have to factor in ventilation for your dog as well.

If you make it too soundproof, then your dog will not be able to breathe in his crate.  If you don’t soundproof it enough, then you will be back to where you started.

Just keep in mind your dog’s safety when soundproofing the crate.  My best word of advice is to not soundproof the front door.

Soundproof the walls, the ceiling, and the floors.  This will allow adequate ventilation for your dog.

After I finished soundproofing my dog’s crate, I noticed a substantial amount of difference which makes it worth the effort.

Dog Crate Covers

There are many different types of crate covers on the market.  The one we are looking for specifically would be a soundproof crate cover for max efficiency.

Everything that we add to the dog crate has to be soundproof in order for this to be worth it.

When searching for a dog crate cover, make sure you know the dimensions of your dog’s crate.

You will want to purchase a cover that will perfectly fit your dog’s crate nicely and snugly.  If you are on a limited budget, then you can instead try using a blanket on top of the crate.

Just be careful not to make the crate too dark or too hot for your dog.

I still highly recommend using a soundproof crate cover over a blanket, as it is much more effective.  I personally like this crate cover from amazon.

As you can see in the picture, the entire crate is covered except for the front gate.  This is important to leave uncovered to make sure your dog has enough ventilation to breathe.

I never recommend putting any type of cover or soundproof material over the front gate, as you can put your dog’s life in danger.

Not only can they run out of oxygen, but the crate can also become very hot.

Use Absorption Sheets Inside the Dog Crate

The next step to further soundproof your dog’s rate is to purchase some type of absorbing blanket.  These absorption blankets from amazon do a nice job and are priced well.

These blankets are usually made of a nice thick material that helps with sound deadening.

They are not specifically made for a dog crate, but they have worked well for me thus far.

These blankets come with grommets that will allow you to hang the blankets inside of the dog crate, allowing you to completely cover up all sides of the walls.

This will also create a nice soothing environment for your dog if he sleeps in his crate at night.

The budget way of doing this is by using some old sheets or blankets that you have lying around in your house.

You will just have to improvise on attaching them to the dog crate since you won’t have grommets.

Line the entire inside of the dog crate except for the front door with these blankets.  The sides, the ceiling, and the floor should be sufficiently covered.

Do not put a blanket over the front door.  Leaving the front door untouched will help with keeping your dog’s crate well ventilate like I have stated earlier.

I can’t stress this part enough.  The worst thing that can happen is coming home to an unconscious or overheated dog.

Tips to Prevent Your Dog from Barking While You Are Gone

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Calm and Reassure Your Dog’s Safety

An anxious or scared dog will generally be more timid and vocal.  This is especially true if your dog feels frightened.

Whenever you leave your dog alone in a crate, you will have to make sure that he feels safe before you leave.

Talk to your dog and pet him to help calm him down.

Always talk in a soothing voice and never use his crate in a negative manner, like disciplining.

It will take time for your dog to get used to being inside of a crate, so don’t worry if he’s not making progress at first.

Avoid a Prolonged Goodbye 

When it’s time to leave, you have to give your dog an emotional farewell.  Your dog can sense this and, as a result, will leave him barking endlessly until you get back home.

If it’s time to leave, calmly tell your dog goodbye and head out the door.  Don’t try to play with your dog or constantly come back to talk to him when he barks as you are about to go out the door.

This will condition your dog into negative behavior in the long run.

This situation is similar to if you have a child and a sitter.  What happens when you try to adhere to your child’s stress before you leave?

They already know you are leaving, and anything you do will prolong their behavior and give your sitter a harder time.

Tire out Your Dog 

quiet dog crate

This can take a while, especially if you have a Husky as I do.  It seems like his energy pool is almost endless.

A good way to tire your dog out without tiring yourself out in the process is to play fetch.

Constantly launch the ball or toy as far as you can so your dog will have to cover as much distance as possible to retrieve it.

Another thing you can do is go for a jog with your dog.  If you have a much smaller dog like a Pomeranian or a Chihuahua, then this option will tire them out pretty quickly because they do not have the same amount of stamina as a bigger dog.

Hire a Dog Sitter 

With today’s internet, there are many different websites you can go to in order to find a reputable pet sitter.

Hiring a pet sitter isn’t cheap, but it may be the best option for your dog if you will be gone for prolonged periods during the day.

You can also ask a friend or a family member to look after your dog while you are out.

Some dogs have major separation anxiety and having someone with them instead of leaving them alone will help keep them calm.  This option will help keep you at ease as well while you are out since you know your dog is with someone you trust.

Crate Train Your Dog 

First, you will need to find a good place to put the carrier. This should be a place where your dog feels most comfortable.

This can be your bedroom, the living room, or the backyard.  This is the first step you have to take in order to have a successfully crate-trained dog.

The next step is to train your dog to stay in his crate.  It is fine to discipline your dog during these stages, but remember never to use his crate for disciplinary action.

We always want your dog to feel safe and secure in his crate.  Creating a negative environment based around his crate using discipline will hinder any type of progress you may have made with him.

The first few days to maybe a week will be the roughest time.  This is when your dog will exhibit all sorts of different behaviors, from barking to whining.

This is totally normal.  Make sure to be firm and don’t give in.  Once your dog realizes this, then he will eventually start to calm down.

If you give in it will be like giving in to a child every time they whine and you give them something.  I like to use children as an analogy because I have quite a few of them.

Get Your Dog a Toy 

Giving your dog a few toys to play with can help keep him distracted.

There are also special toys that are specifically made to help comfort dogs.

These are probably the better option to help keep your dog from endlessly barking while you are gone.

Another option is to get a toy that rewards your dog for using it like this Kong dog toy from amazon.

It works great at keeping your dog stimulated due to its unique design.  It can be used with or without treats which makes it an all around great toy for even outside the crate.


Try Sound Proofing the Wall or Ceiling If You Have an Angry Neighbor

If the main issue with your dog barking is a complaining neighbor, then maybe you can try soundproofing the wall or room that is closest to your neighbor.

This solution will cost more than making your dog’s crate soundproof but is an option nonetheless.

If you live upstairs and your neighbors below you are complaining then it would probably be a better idea to soundproof the floor.

If you are not handy when it comes to walls and floors in a home, then I would advise to you to stick with just soundproofing the crate.

Soundproofing your dog’s crate is simple enough and should be easy to do without too much effort.

For more information about reducing noise for both you and your neighbor you can check out my article about soundproofing a home from neighbors.

How to Soundproof a Big Dog Kennel

Soundproofing a kennel is a little bit different than soundproofing a small crate.  The noise levels inside of a kennel will be a lot higher since there is a lot more space and room.

The sound has more ways to travel than in just a small crate.  The main thing you want to accomplish when soundproofing a kennel is keeping the sound contained.

One great way to do this is to use acoustic tiles on the walls and ceiling of your dog’s kennel.

Another great option that I recommend is using acoustic panels.

Acoustic panels are great and come in a variety of different colors, sizes, and fabrics.

You can even get custom-made acoustic panels with images printed on them.

These panels are great for absorbing medium to high frequencies, which makes them perfect for dog barking, which is high frequency.

Yet another option you have is using sound baffles.  A sound baffle like this one from amazon works great because they easily suspend from the ceiling.  They are great at absorbing echoes in very large rooms.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to a loud, barking, or howling dog, you will certainly want what is best for them in terms of comfort and functionality.  Soundproofing his dog crate is the best thing you can do for him.

You might need to spend a day during the weekend doing this project, but in the end, it will be well worth it.  Just be sure to leave enough room for ventilation while you are soundproofing it.

Remember that your dog’s safety is number one.  Nothing is worth doing if it will harm your dog or be fatal.

Soundproofing my dog’s crate has worked great so far.  My neighbor doesn’t complain about my howling dog at night anymore, and I also don’t have to worry about telling my dog to be quiet when he doesn’t calm down.