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Observation

It  was observed that  the older (8 year-old) dogs  had poorer hearing abilities compared to the 3 year -old dogs. This was especially apparent for the German shepherd and the Poodle.

Dog age

Dogs age and their highest audible hearing range (kHz)

German shepherd

Labrador

Terrier

Golden Retriever

Beagle

Poodle

3 years

40

35

40

40

35

40

8 years

15

25

20

20

20

15

The chart below represents the result of our science project experiment.

dog age and hearing ability experiment

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
200
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 1 day for the science project experiment
Material availability:
High frequency sound generators may be obtained from a physics lab or purchased. They are fairly inexpensive. The participation of many different breeds of dogs, of different ages, is required. Try asking friends and family if they have dogs that fit the p
Safety concerns:

Ensure that the dogs are handled at all times by a qualified dog trainer, to avoid being bitten/injury. It is possible that the dogs may become agitated by the high frequency sounds.