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Here’s how to reduce dog barking sounds on Zoom

Zoom has a tool to help you stop hearing dogs bark

An illustration shows a Zoom call with dogs. Illustration by Zoë Petersen

Zoom has a tool that can help reduce the background noise in your home, which will limit how much your co-workers will hear your dogs bark or your babies cry.

The tool — background noise suppression — can be added with the latest version of the Zoom application.

Zoom — and other platforms like Microsoft Teams — have become major applications in helping work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. People can now use Zoom to attend work meetings and events remotely, according to the Deseret News.

How to stop dog barking sounds on Zoom

  • Open Zoom on your desktop and click your profile picture on the upper right corner.
  • Hit settings or preferences, depending on what you see on your app.
  • Click the audio tab.
  • Find the “suppress background noise” section.

From there, you can select the level of suppression for your calls. There are multiple levels of suppression, which we’ve outlined below.

  • Auto — This is the default setting that “will auto adjust the aggressiveness for blocking background noise based on what it detects in the background,” according to Zoom.
  • Low — This has minimal noise reduction that “will block low levels of persistent background noise,” according to Zoom. This setting is good for playing music since it preserves the sounds, Zoom explained.
  • Medium — This is the best option for reducing noise in standard places, such as fans and pens tapping against your desk, according to Zoom.
  • High — This will reduce the sounds from paper crunching, crumbling up wrappers and typing on a keyboard, according to Zoom. On the Zoom app, there is an indication that the high setting can turn off dog barks.

One other way to stop your dog barking on Zoom

Tails of Connection — a website dedicated to pet advice — has another way to stop your dog from barking on your Zoom calls, too. Dogs often bark on our calls because they may feel like they’re not getting our attention.

“If possible, mute yourself and then quickly and calmly find a way to redirect your dog to something that is not barking (for example, you could give them a chew or pull them up into your lap to love on them),” according to Tails of Connection. “You could also put your dog in his crate or in a separate room as long as that is not something that will increase the level of barking when it comes to your dog.”