Positive Sound Exposure

09/02/2022

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POSITIVE SOUND EXPOSURE

During adolescence it is really important to continue to positively expose your dog to the world around them and prepare them for all experiences they are likely to have throughout life.

Sounds are such an important part of this.

To get started navigate to youtube on your phone or laptop. Turn the volume down so that you can barely hear it and play a selection of different sounds, including construction sounds, skateboards, children playing, dogs barking, fireworks, aeroplanes, doors slamming, thunder or babies crying.

Whilst the sounds are playing in the background, give your dog something fun to do, like a stuffed Kong or long lasting chew. Alternatively you can practice some training games or play together with their favourite toy.

Every couple of minutes you can turn the volume up a notch. The idea is that your dog is having such a fun time, that they don’t pay attention to the sounds around them.

If at any point your dog stops what they are doing to listen to the sound or their body language shows you they are concerned, stop the game and be sure that when you practice next, you work at a lower volume and increase more slowly.

After a few sessions your dog will be completely ignoring a variety of sounds, even when played at a loud volume.

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