Dog Owners, Do Subwoofers And Loud Noises From Your Home Theater Bother Your Dog?

I want to get a dog, a big one.  I have big speakers and a big home theater that's an integral part of my living space.  I also like to play my music loud sometimes.  The dog will have to live inside my living space.  Will this work out okay for the dog?  For any of you that own dogs that live inside the house, what is your experience?  My neighbor once complained that her cat used to go and hide when my home theater was too loud.

I am going to buy a 2,000 square foot church, gut it and live in it to indulge an audio and video fantasy.  It will be in a kind of remote area, and I feel the need to have a dog to augment electronic security for the place.  I will be living alone and I'm 69 years old. 


Have a big enough area they can go where they want while you jam. My lab doesn't seem to mind too much, she likes female opera and sometimes the home theater gets her barking at phantom voices.

My dog is fine with loud music, and low frequencies are no problem. If she decides she doesn’t like the music she goes in another room.  She freaks out with high pitched noises like smoke detectors - then she scrambles to go outside.

I’ve had 4 large dogs since having a decent home theatre setup. One will sometimes leave and go sleep on a bed in the guest room if he’s annoyed. The others couldn’t care less. If a show or movie has a doorbell sound, lookout though… guess that means it sounds realistic.


Basically you just need to help the dog acclimate to it. If it’s an adult dog that seems skittish, start with lower volumes and work your way up over time. They’ll feed off your energy. If you are relaxed, they be relaxed too if you are the pack leader. Another useful tool I’ve found is “The Thunder Shirt”…one dog I had with pretty bad storm and separation anxiety calmed down immediately with that on. Eventually he didn’t need it at all.