Dogs Can Tune Out Sounds Better Than We Can

Just like us, dogs can experience the “cocktail party effect,” where one can hear only one sound and filter out the rest in a loud situation, like a cocktail party. A study finds that dogs are even better at it than we are.

The research published in Animal Cognition found they can hear their name in a noisy setting at sound levels as low as 0 dB and do it better than one-year-old infants, who fail at hearing their name at 0 dB. Overall, highly-trained dogs like service, search-and-rescue and explosives detection dogs performed better at name recognition than other pet dogs.