Sound Success

So last week we talked a little bit about some of the research behind noise phobias and how it actually affects more dogs than you think…

This weeks I’m going to take you through a simple yet effective way to start overcoming some of these noise phobias with your own dog.

After all the value of a bombproof dog who isn’t fearful of certain noises they are exposed to in everyday life is infinite.

These are the dogs, you can:
– take for a walk and feel totally relaxed
– take to training class and they learn and perform to their maximum
– take to competition and get the same results you get at home
– relax on every day of the year, even ones with fireworks!

In this blog post, I dive into some of the details of achieving that bombproof dog. When you get it, you won’t look back! In fact, we say it is the best trophy in our dog’s trophy cabinets!

  • Elizabeth Zedel

    Hi, I have a dog that can only hear in one ear. This dog is sound sensitive to cars and several things. One of the problems we have is that because they are unilaterally deaf this dog can’t locate or triangulate the sound. It there anything that people have found helpful with this situation. We have come great strides after this developed last year when a car scared the **** out of my dog. Summer time is the problem spot for us as motor bikes seem to have the most terrifying effect for her. Interestingly thunder is no big deal. Thanks in advance and I am enjoying the discussion.

  • Vycki Brock

    Really enjoying this series and look forward to trying it out with two of my dogs (Pom and German Spitz) – what a great idea about recording the noises on a phone. Our German Spitz isn’t keen on the noise the pheasants make when they take off in our local field, so I’ve been playing the noise from the Wiki page – but your phone idea is a brilliant…why didn’t I think of that!!LOL

  • Sarah Plant

    Great series too – really enjoying it! I am going to record the noise the seesaw makes as it hits the floor. Wish I’d watched this yeserday, as I will be recording ‘show’ noise from an echoey hall/arena. The other noises which affects one of my other dogs is thunder, fireworks and gunshots. Bit more difficult to get hold of unless already pre-recorded.

  • Hi, Ilike the starfire system to work with gunshyness, thunder and fireworks by Stephen Rafe.

  • Agnes Meiling

    It souds like your dogs main problem is not knowing where the sound comes from. Maybe you can come up with a way of telling your dog where the sound is coming from, could be as simple as pointing.
    Maybe you can invent a little game that will get him used to this. You’d need things that can make noise with a bit of distance, for instance a phone you can call. You could also work on different sounds as you can use your recorded noises as a ringtone. The game would be something like he has to watch you when he hears a noise (I would reward that step for sure!) then you point to the source and if he looks at the source you reward (with a calm marker).
    Does that make any sense?

  • Elizabeth Zedel

    Thanks Agnes, I do this now, and it works much better. We are working on motorbike sounds and cars are much better.