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Might I suggest windshield washer fluid? One jug should last you the entire block.
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I have a set of Bose around-ear headphones that blocks out noise surprisingly well and with a great bass response. Being Bose, however, means it's awfully overpriced (around $150).

Looking through Newegg's offerings and customer reviews, this set seems to be what you're looking for: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826106...
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No suggestion, and not giving advice on the dogs. However, I think the idea of walking them - or just being a pedestrian - with noise cancelling headphones on is an invitation to be run over by a vehicle that assumes you will hear it coming.
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However, I think the idea of walking them - or just being a pedestrian - with noise cancelling headphones on is an invitation to be run over by a vehicle that assumes you will hear it coming.

Yeah, this is why deaf people stay inside all the time.
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Not sure how much help this will be, since it sounds like it might be a completely different price ballpark, but for what it's worth, here's my experience:

A guy in my office was recently in the market for a pair of noise cancelling headphones. It came down to Bose and Sennheiser, I don't recall the exact model numbers (doing a quick image comparison, I think it was QuietComfort 15 vs PXC 450) but each was around the $350 range. He bought both from Amazon with the plan to return the one he didn't like, so a couple of us thoroughly tested both sets to help him decide.

Noise Cancellation
The Bose had slightly more effective noise-cancellation, but it wasn't a huge difference between the two.

Audio Quality
The Sennheiser had much better audio quality. The Bose were extremely bass-heavy, with mids and highs sounding almost muffled. The Sennheiser sounded crystal clear from low end to high end.

Construction/Looks
The Bose looked and felt a little "cheaper" construction-wise. Looked more plastic-y while Sennheiser looked and felt more solid.

Comfort
The Sennheiser was more comfortable. The "ear well" inside the cushions of the Bose was not as deep so the outer edge of your ear would touch a hard surface inside the headphone, but you didn't notice it after a few minutes. The Sennheiser had just a little bit more room inside so there was no part of your ear touching anything inside the headphone.

Conclusion
If you're just wanting to get as close to complete silence as possible, you would probably prefer the Bose. If you want a great pair of headphones for listening to music, and also very good noise cancellation, Sennheiser would be the better choice.

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He ended up returning the Bose.
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You should be aware that noise cancelling headphones work best on repetitive noises - like the whine of an engine inside an airplane cabin.

They tend to be only somewhat effective on random noises that change - like people talking, babies crying or dogs barking. I have a high end set of Bose headphones I use when travelling and you can still hear plenty of conversations around you as well as upset children - though at a much reduced level.

Try some out before you buy as they are expensive.
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