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08-03-2013 05:02 PM

Hey all, My wife and I just got an older black lab from a dog rescue association. She’s a beautiful friendly dog (as most labs are!) and of course wants to be where we are. I’ve been quite hesitant to take her into my shop with me; I’m concerned about damaging her hearing with all the power tools. I have the benefit of wearing hearing protection, she doesn’t. My is a detached building that she would not be able to come and go freely if she wanted to, ie. she’s either stuck in the shop with me or back in the house. Is this a silly concern? How do the rest of you with dogs do it?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 08-03-2013 05:18 PM

I have 6 dogs that can be in the shop at any one time. Normally all 6 will only be in there if loml is in there with me as in the picture.

The one dog that is consistently in the shop with me is Koda the husky wolf mix. The noise doesn’t bother her and she will lay there and sleep thru anything up to and including sawdust falling on her.

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#2 posted 08-03-2013 05:36 PM

My dog, Maddox, is my project buddy! The only tool of mine that bothers him is the nail gun… he won’t step within 10 feet of it, so it is now collecting sawdust in the corner! ;D

-- The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph... and many a splinter in the hands! ;)

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#3 posted 08-03-2013 05:56 PM

Congratulations on the rescue and being adopted by a faithful friend!

I don’t have any dogs, haven’t for about 30 years, but they are always close to my heart.

I do, however, have 5 cats, mostly working kitties that catch mice, snakes, ‘dillo’s, and the occasional baby hog or large coon. (One cat is 21 pounds of terror in a muscly bundle).
The cats have more sensitive hearing than the dogs who come to visit do, (one is almost blind but can hear a palmetto bug at 50’ with no problem).
All of the animals like to be in the shop even when running the machines. My little almost blind girl, LG stands on the table saw while I’m using it. In 5 years I don’t think it’s affected her hearing.
I also have a couple of blue ticks, some bassetts and some bored cattle dogs visit every so often. My rule is that it’s the Cat’s home, the dogs have to get along or get beat up by a bevy of cats, and the only other rule is no peeing in the shop….. it took one of the basset’s and a couple of husky’s awhile to learn that one.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 08-03-2013 07:51 PM

I bring my dog innis into the shop but he is olnly happy there for five minutes and want’s to go back to my wife Bron as he gets fed up and bored.Bronwen can’t step foot in my shop now with here breathing problems she has only aBout 50% lung capacity working and can’t be anywhere near dust or paint etc etc.I used to love having her come into my shop and talk to me re all manner of things. Still she is with me and I must be greatful for small mercies as it’s pittyful to hear her gasp for breath some days.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 08-03-2013 08:45 PM

I’ve had dogs in and out of the shop for years. My current dog doesn’t enjoy in it the shop but like to lay outside. My last dog lost a lot of hearing but she was around 11 and they may be common anyway. You may want to send a note to GFADVM who’s a vet.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#6 posted 08-03-2013 09:07 PM

My dog (blue heeler/border collie mix) isn’t thrilled around power tools, but hangs out with me while I’m doing almost everything else. Of course, she’s usually on the couch (aka the world’s most expensive dog bed) in my office, which opens to the hallway where I work.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#7 posted 08-03-2013 09:49 PM

I bring my dog into the shop all of the time. He loves it and sleeps through everything. Ironically he is losing his hearing. My wife, an audiologist, does not believe that the noise from my tools has caused this. Hes 12 years old. She said the noise level decreases by 6 dB each time you double the distance from the source. So lets say your ts is 100 where you stand at about 2 feet away. At four feet its 94. At 8 feet its 88 and so on. As long as your dog is not atyour feet he is not going hqve near the noise that you have at the tool. Bring him out there if he likes it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 08-03-2013 11:20 PM

My shop buddy is Dario he is a Boston Terrier, that is him in the picture. We have 4 other Boston Terriers but the other ones do not care to be out there. Dario loves to be out there with me and the wood. I try not to keep him out there long while I am sanding but when I put him in the house he waits by the door for me to let him out. Congrats on you Lab , you probably saved his life.

-- Coach Mancuso

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#9 posted 08-04-2013 01:11 AM

My dog Lobo a lab and retriever mix curls up on the couch or behind the bar depending and certainly makes no attempt to avoid any shop noise. I have had the same thought with regards to his hearing being damaged but do know that he doesn’t wish to “escape” the sounds as the door to the fenced in yard is often left open… As I’m not always the best at throwing on the ear muffs, I guess worst case, we will both go deaf together…

-- Dan

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#10 posted 08-04-2013 01:28 AM

Rob, Not a dog veterinarian but I do know that the cowboy mounted shooters have all started using hearing protection on their horses after some suffered hearing loss. But remember this is with a .45 going off right next to their ear hundreds or thousands of times.

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#11 posted 08-04-2013 02:11 AM

I do not let dogs in the shop as I do not have a way of providing respiratory protection to them. I figure if it is bad for me to breathe it is just as bad for them, and they are close to the ground where stuff collects. However if I am working outside or have just cleaned up and am only sawing, chiseling or scraping they can hang out. But if I am using a file, sandpaper or any chemicals/finishes they can’t go in.

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#12 posted 08-04-2013 05:31 AM

Makes perfect sense. Here’s a shot of me and the dog getting ready to work at the table saw. Of course I have the hearing protection jammed in tight…....................

-- mike...............

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#13 posted 08-04-2013 06:05 AM

My bulls used to sit by the equipment Sometimes they would sit at the dust exhaust and couple hours later there would be a nose sticking out of sawdust very lazy dogs.Lumber mill planer nothing would bother them.Both were raised in the shop lived in the shop and went 14 and 12 years no problem.

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#14 posted 08-04-2013 09:55 AM

thanks for the replies; sounds like my worries are unfounded! Tried taking the dog into the shop with me this afternoon, but she was pretty unhappy to be in there after she finished sniffing everything. Will have to work on getting her used to being in there with all the machines running.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 08-05-2013 02:47 PM

My concern with dogs in the shop is more about them tracking dust and shavings into the house.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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