Adapting to Environmental Sounds

Many sights and sounds are so commonplace that we humans don't even notice them. But dogs, especially puppies, are often overwhelmed by these nuisances. How you react when your dog responds to her environment will make the difference between a dog who acts appropriately and one who falls apart or becomes aggressive.

When working to help your dog overcome her fears, look at things from her perspective. Your dog hears much better than you do, and her nose is considerably more reliable. She depends on these senses to interpret her surroundings. She relies on her vision only to decipher movement and posturing. Can you imagine what a helmeted human wielding a jackhammer must seem like?

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