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I know it is good to subject puppies to a variety of sounds when they are young. I've subjected them to a few different noises but I need more ideas.

Is there some type of soundtrack/playlist any of you know of that I can use? Or ideas would be helpful and i'll find it myself.

So far they don't seem fearful of noise but i"d like to continue and improve on it.

Thanks for any help!
 

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There are CD's available from gundogsupply.com, and others that may be helpful...I have toyed with the idea of mixing my own one of these days...I'm thinking various urban and rural sounds that are likely encountered.

I've posted previously about how I do gunfire, if that's helpful to you, search some of my previous posts. :)
 

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This is a great thread. Rocco gets really scared of certain noises. He'll even scream and cry while running away. It worries me. Is this an indication of some sort of fear disorder or something?
 

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This is a great thread. Rocco gets really scared of certain noises. He'll even scream and cry while running away. It worries me. Is this an indication of some sort of fear disorder or something?
Personally I'm not that experienced with behavior so take this as an opinion: But I think it may have to do with a bad experience to whatever it is that scares him.

Is Rocco a puppy? Have you tried subjecting him to those noises (starting with low volume and going higher based on progress) and taking away the fear factor by turning it into something more positive?
 

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I'm a big fan of leaving the TV/radio on for puppies. It really does help them get used to all kinds of sounds, and I think it helps prevent separation anxiety. Depending on what channel you leave on, they can hear anything from gunshots and thunder, to other animal sounds, to soothing voices or music.

When Vinca was little, the TV was left on for her all night long, or whenever we were gone. She's not bothered by any kind of noise!
 

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Here's the research article I was looking for: Elsevier

Restricted experience in early life is known to contribute to long-lasting predispositions to fear and anxiety in mammals. It is commonplace for young domestic dogs not to experience many features of the environment in which they will spend their adult lives until after 8 weeks of age: simulations of that environment presented before 8 weeks might therefore reduce subsequent fear and anxiety. A series of experiments tested whether fearful and exploratory behaviour up to 8 weeks of age is reduced by exposure to audiovisual playback between 3 and 5 weeks of age. First, it was demonstrated that puppies between 3 and 5 weeks of age do respond to video images. Second, the reactions of puppies, exposed to audiovisual playbacks for 30
min per day for 14 days between 3 and 5 weeks old, to test objects in both familiar and unfamiliar environments, were compared with those of control, unexposed puppies; the unexposed puppies visited most of the objects significantly more frequently than did the exposed puppies. Third, another sample of puppies given the same treatments was tested at 7–8 weeks of age; the unexposed puppies were significantly more fearful than the exposed, and also tended to visit the objects more frequently. Audiovisual simulations therefore appear to be worthy of further investigation as a way of enhancing coping strategies in dogs.
 

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FWIW, I was recently loaned a CD that has all kinds of sounds for training horses, gun shots, sirens, crowd noises, metal gates, fireworks, four wheelers, trucks...its pretty good, is sold by spookless.com.
 
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