Treatment Name: Behavior Modification: Desensitization

Treatment Type: Training Techniques

Rated for: American Pit Bull Terrier / Bull Terrier Mix

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Easy to use
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Especially for situations/stimuli causing anxiety or stress

L Perez



Posted Jun. 25, 2018

Important to prevent the dogs from fearing routine objects or noises, such as vacuum cleaners, sirens, thunders, fireworks, and other loud sounds. If the fear is already there, it will take more time and patience.
You can play thunderstorm or firework recordings, for instance, which are available on your cell phone, increasing the level of the stimulus until the dog is still comfortable with it. You do not mean to cause a fearful response, quite the contrary, you want to find the level at which he begins to respond. Remember that his hearing is far better than yours. Reward him generously if he remains tranquil. Increase the noise slightly (desensitization). He will reach a point in which he becomes familiar with the noise or object and it will not produce a fearful response.

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