Ringing in the New Year can the worst time of year for many pets.
But along with keeping your pet calm, safely indoors and away from fireworks celebrations, Ford Europe has created an ingenious noise-cancelling kennel.
The concept is inspired by the noise-cancelling technology in the automaker’s Edge SUV, where onboard microphones pick up loud engine or transmission noises and counteract them using opposing sound waves from the car’s audio system to give passengers a quieter ride.
The kennel is only prototype right now, but it works pretty much the same way.
It will detect fireworks and high-density cork works as sound-proofing.
“A concept for now, but with the potential to mean a much better start to the year, both for your dog – and for you,” Ford said of its invention, which doesn’t have a price tag, but pet owners are already barking for.
While the world waits for it to be commercialized, pet owners will have to take other measures to protect their furry friends.
Animal lovers around the globe are offering tips as 2019 arrives.
New Year’s Eve can be a very frightening time for dogs. So we’ve put together top tips to help you keep your four-legged friends calm, happy and safe during the celebrations.
— The Kennel Club (@TheKennelClubUK) December 30, 2018
“Compared to people, dogs can hear things that are four times further away, and across a much wider range of frequencies,” he explained. “Preparing in advance of firework displays is the key – and part of that is to identify a place where your pets feel safe and happy.”
Take care of your pets this #NewYearsEve! Make sure all fences & gates are secure & your pet has an ID or microchip. Keep your pets inside if possible! Fireworks & other loud noises can be frightening!
— OK Emergency Mgmt (@okem) December 30, 2018
Fireworks & new years celebrations are great fun for humans, but they can be really scary for our four-legged friends. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for #NewYearsEve: https://t.co/zSKcDiNf0V 🎆⬇️ pic.twitter.com/F3z65KmFOB
— Dogs Trust 🐶💛 (@DogsTrust) December 29, 2018
🎆 FIREWORKS WARNING 🎇
New Year’s Eve means fireworks across the state. Be prepared and keep your pet safe and happy before you leave the house tonight.
If you do find or lose a pet please let our RSPCA Queensland Lost & Found team know on 1300 363 7… https://t.co/arZMmGOzUD pic.twitter.com/5i8lyyi2b7
— RSPCA Queensland (@RSPCAQld) December 31, 2018
Pets sadly do not understand the bright lights & loud bangs of fireworks. This creates a high-stress situation which pets will try to escape from. Many pets are affected by noise phobias & firework fear and it’s important to be aware of it. Be prepared this #NewYearsEve #2019 pic.twitter.com/OZnFaJtVgL
— Mark @PLH Medical (@plhmedical) December 30, 2018
So this December 31, help your dog or cat keep calm.
That’ll help ensure a happy New Year.
Nobody wants to be the person looking for their lost pet, which bolted during the celebrations.
Photo Ford Europe