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Kyllobernese 08-10-2018 07:29 PM

Dogs and noises
Remmy never has liked thunder but is getting worse and this year we have been having really loud thunderous noisy ones. Both he and Lucy sit and shiver and shake, the others do not bother at all.

Well a couple of days ago I got a new stove. The timer on it gives one beep when times up and Remmy shakes for half an hour. So far no reaction from Lucy, thank goodness. My last timer rang like a bell and did not bother anyone.

Any ideas how to get him to ignore the stove timer? For the thunder I have finally just let him hide in the big crate I have in the spare room as that is what he seems to want. I don't lock him in it so he can come out whenever he feels like it.

GitaBooks 08-10-2018 08:48 PM

We only have one dog (sometimes a second) who reacts to thunder, but almost all of them react to loud alarms with panic, sometimes for an hour or more after it stops. Its when the fire alarms warn of low batteries. Because this is something that can be avoided we haven't tried any desensitization, but I hear that is the best thing to do with noise fear.

For example, start with a very quiet sound they can barely hear and do fun things while they hear it. Make sure the sound isn't hurting they're ears, I know high pitched sounds are more obnoxious to dogs. Anyways, offer treats, play a game, snuggle, whatever it is, make sure your dog is calm, happy, and not paying any attention to it before upping the sound slightly. Continue this until the sound is loud.
Dogs tend to be more afraid of sounds that are unpredictable, so during desensitizing, make sure the sound has a pattern so they know when to expect it.

Hope this helps! Best of luck!

techie 08-11-2018 12:09 PM

I hope you can figure this out. Not much you can do to change a stove timer!

pennyhal 09-14-2018 07:16 PM

Try associating the noise with and extra special treat. Keep something that can be designated as the "noise" treat. I don't like to reccomend people food for dogs, but I think this can be an exception to that! So,keep a piece of cooked chicken, or cheese, or doggy jerky at hand, set the timer, and be right next to your dog. When the timer goes off, stick the chicken right in his nose immediately. You want the dog to think: Every time that noise happens, I get a yummy extra special treat! Yippee! You can practice this a few times in a row each day. In the meantime, when you are not practicing, whenever you set the timer, get a piece of chicken ready. That way you can immediately run to him and give him the chicken at any time, not just when you are practicing.

When he starts running to you for his "stove timer treat" is when you start fading the treat. You don't want to spend the rest of your life running to your dog with a treat. So, when you are confident he is comfortable with the noise, start withholding the treat every now and then reducing the frequency of the treat over a period of time until you are sure your dog is over the fear of that noise. Intermediate rewarding is the strongest kind of reinforcement...that's how Vega makes money. Now, if your dog is psycho crazy when he hears the noise, this type of training may not work. A different protocol would be better.

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