Introducing the Sounds for Hounds: Noise Therapy Pups Nervous Dogs Audiobook. Not only does this compact CD include 21 calming and desensitizing noises, but it also includes a guidebook to train and help your dog to become familiar with certain noises. If you find your dog fearful of everyday noises it can become a struggle to involve them in your daily plans. With this audiobook, they will learn how to associate scary noises to a positive response.
Good news for you! We are going to provide you with information on noise phobia and how you can help treat this issue in your dog. We will also give you an in-depth look at the Sounds for Hounds: Noise Therapy Pups Nervous Dogs Audiobook.
Noise Phobia in Dogs
It can be quite confusing to indicate what your pet is feeling. During certain situations, you may find that your pup is acting different or strange. Whether its fear, anxiety, or phobia, dogs will show signs of nervousness and as their owner, it is our job to help them. Although they might all sound the same, anxiety, fear, and phobia are actually very different in dogs.
Anxiety is defined as a persistent fear of something that is not present or imminent. Fear, on the other hand, is a normal reaction and response to something that could be potentially dangerous. Fear is also a physiological, emotional, and behavioral response to animate or inanimate objects that is a threat of harm to them.
Lastly, noise phobia is an extreme fear of auditory stimuli that causes dogs to respond in a panic to things that are not truly threatening. If left untreated, the condition may get worse. Phobia develops when a change in a complex molecular isn’t well understood, but involves a shift in how the dog processes the information. Dogs can also inherit phobia, so it’s possible that a puppy is predisposed to this overreaction to noise.
It is well documented that dogs hearing is way more sensitive than the average human and they are able to hear a wider range of sounds. This includes both high and low frequency levels. The fear of loud or unexpected noises creates a response to let the brain aware of what is going on. When dogs hear certain sounds, the brain instantly processes them to signal for danger. For example, if you just got a puppy and they hear a noise for the first time, they will be fearful at first, but after many times of hearing that noise they will learn to tolerate it.
What Determines A Dogs Phobia?
There could be a variety of reasons why your dog has developed a phobia in the first place. One of the most common reasons of dog phobias correlates back to their puppyhood. If puppies are not exposed to a wide range of stimuli when they are at a young age, which include people, places, and things, they can suffer from lack of puppy socialization and develop anxiety and fear.
With this being said, if you are able to raise a dog from their earliest years, it will highly benefit them to socialize them as much as possible so they can become familiar with the surroundings. However, certain breeds can develop these behaviors naturally due to genetics. If this is the case, it is still important to socialize them as much as you can so the fear does not worsen.
What Are the Signs of Phobia Stress?
According to studies from the American College of Veterinarian Behaviorists, phobic symptoms in dogs can differ by breed. For example, German Shepherds will pace back and forth more so than Border Collies. It is also said that most canine anxiety disorders develop between the ages of 12 and 24 months of age and can worsen as the dog matures socially. Symptoms of noise phobia in dogs include the following.
- Ears pinned back
- Tail down between legs
- Excessive shedding
Behavioral Approaches to Nervous Dogs
Treatment of noise phobia focuses on altering your dog’s response to the situation causing the reaction. This can be done by teaching them the behavior of relaxation. Relaxation behavior modification requires that the dog is not rewarded for the fearful response. A lot of dogs associate the word “OK” with encouraged behavior and rewards. Telling dog’s it’s OK when it’s not will confuse them and leave them without knowing what to expect. As a result, your dog could become more nervous.
Additionally, another rewarding behavior is petting the fearful dog. For some dogs, petting is just one more stimulus adding to the scary environment. These behaviors might seem like the right response but it could actually be contributing to their fear. So, what should you do? Well, watching the dog and learning what human behaviors calm their fear will benefit both of you. For example, you can leave the dog alone in a familiar safe place that is calm and quiet. You can also stay quietly by the dog. This is referred to as quiet association and it can provide security without rewarding.
It may be an instinct to calm your pup by petting them, but instead try putting a gentle continuous pressure with either an arm or your whole body on the dog. You will be able to tell if this works if the dog exhales or you feel their muscles begin to relax. Another option to help with their noise phobia is crating them. Most dogs feel safe in their crates and go there as a space of relaxation. During times of stress, draping a blanket over their crate may help.
What is Sound Therapy and How Does It Work?
Pet owners can use sound therapy for any noise that is causing the fearful reaction in your dog. This could be things like vacuums, hairdryers, thunder, and fireworks. If this is the case with your pup, you will need to get them slowly used to that noise so they no longer see it as a threat. There are two terms to help with noise phobia in dogs – desensitization and counter-conditioning.
Desensitization:This is defined as the decreased emotional response to a negative stimulus. This can be practiced with gradual exposure to the noise at a level below where the dog reacts. The sounds volume should slowly increase over days or weeks until the dog no longer reacts. As this happens, your pup will eventually grow accustomed to the noise and accept the sound and not feel fear.
Counter-conditioning: This involves the conditioning of an unwanted behavior to the stimulus into a wanted behavior by positive actions. For example, if your dog reacts anxiously to a situation, create a positive response by calming the dog. This will allow the dog to associate the positive response with the stimulus.
Frequent exposure to sounds, especially at a young age, will help to desensitize the dog to that noise. However, it is not rare for a dog to develop noise phobias later in life due to negative experiences. If your puppy is accepting of loud noises like fireworks the first time they hear it, don’t assume they will always be accepting of it.
Sounds for Hounds: Noise Therapy Pups Nervous Dogs
This compact disc, by Soundskapes, is made to help calm nervous dogs. It is designed by collaborating dog handlers and breeders to give dogs an introduction to everyday sounds. For puppies, it functions as an introduction to sounds they will hear on a daily basis to help get them accustomed to noises.
Audiobooks for dogs were shown to have reduced fear even in shelter dogs who do not get exposed to natural everyday noises. The audiobooks are also said to help dogs who spend a lot of time in their crate during work hours. Dogs get used to human voices, but when the human leaves, the dog misses their owners’ tone and conversation. Over time, the sounds will become reassuring and let your pup know they can relax. However, every dog is different, so watch your dog’s behavior and make sure the noises are not too loud. If it is too loud for you, it is definitely too loud for them.
These audio clips aid in puppy socialization and prevents the development of sound phobias. The clips can also be used as a desensitization training tool for all dogs. With 21 live audio downloads and a reinforcement guide, you can train your dog to help them make positive associations with the sounds in a daily routine. Some of these sounds include:
Around the house-
- Doors opening and closing
- Mail through the letterbox
- Telephone ringing
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Power tools
- Lawn mower
- Washing machine
Livestock and Pets-
- Newborn babies crying
- Baby babble, laughing, and squealing
- Baby playing with toys
- Toddler crying
- Children playing
- Crowds and shopping malls
- Banging noises like fireworks, thunder, gunshots, hammering
- Airplanes and jets
- Trains and metro
- Traffic sounds
- Car alarm and car horns