Proactive Noise Training for Dogs

Help your dog get over her noise phobia with these insightful recommendations.

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“Training noise tolerance is important with puppies and young dogs for performance work or as a safe pet,” says trainer and gundog competitor Deborah Abbott of Lebanon, Ind. “I reward with food around unusual or loud noises.” Abbott’s methods include:

  • During thunderstorms, treat generously. Let it rain dog biscuits. 

  • If training for hunting, give treats when distant gunshots fire and gradually work closer.

  • Use events like small parades as a training opportunity. Treat your puppy when marching bands, drums, and fire engines with sirens pass. Avoid environments such as fireworks displays where constant extreme noise may prove overwhelming.

  • Set the example and don’t act alarmed if your puppy reacts. Tell her she’s fine and offer treats in a matter of fact way.

Rule of thumb: If your puppy refuses treats, wait for her to accept them and progress more gradually. Some puppies inherently handle noise better than others.


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Sue - 9210   three oaks, MI

2/25/2014 10:54:22 AM

My dog really hates fireworks!

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Bobbie   Loogootee, IN

3/30/2011 12:29:22 PM

thanks,great advice

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

12/6/2010 8:27:15 AM

good article, thanks

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Dramas PetSupplys   Glendale, AZ

5/26/2010 1:40:23 PM

fantastic
idea!
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