Retired Navy doctor developed hearing protection gadget for military dogs? Just like their two-legged counterparts, dogs in warfare are also susceptible to many dangers. But we’re not just talking about enemy gunfire or bombs.
You probably already know that our dog’s hearing is incredibly sensitive. Just like their acute sense of smell, they use this to help us with different jobs. They are trained in combat to support the modern military.
Their heightened sense of hearing is a great tool that has plenty of uses. However, it can also cause them great discomfort, especially when on the field. Military dogs are working in conflict zones with plenty of gunfire, explosions, heavy vehicles, and helicopters.
Loud, unwanted noises can easily disorient a military pup. And make them ineffective in achieving the task they have at hand. That’s why Dr. Pete Scheifele thought of designing a piece of equipment to protect these pups’ ears. Dr. Scheifele is a retired United States Navy Doctor and a professor at the University of Cincinnati.
Leading Gadgets For Military Dogs
He is also the leading expert in animal audiology, and last November, he set his sights on military dogs. Together with Zeteo Tech, a biodefense and medical device company, they developed CAPS or Canine Auditory Protection System. Basically, it will help protect dogs from loud noises.
CAPS has been tested by military dogs, and the results are looking good. Even though it is designed to block unwanted sounds. It allows just enough sound so that they could hear their handler’s commands. The doggie headgear’s design was inspired by snoods, making it easy to put on, and it perfectly fits the pups’ heads.
The gadget is comfortable enough not to restrict the dogs’ movements. But tight enough to stay in place. CAPS is also available for police dogs, especially those who belong to the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) teams. Hopefully, more inventors like Dr. Scheifele would be inspired to think of better ways to improve our dogs’ lives even with gadget for military dogs.