Michael Oster - Artist Bio:
Michael began his professional career in 1992 and started F7 Sound and Vision in 1993. His sound recordings have appeared worldwide in feature-film, radio, television, and on the web.
How Your Dog Can Get the Most from Suburban Thunder and Suburban Fireworks.
This popular CD (I've sold thousands Suburban Thunder CDs and downloads) has been used extensively to help train dogs (and some people) to not be afraid of thunderstorms.
Dog owners asked me to make a "fireworks" CD. Yes, I actually got numerous phone calls and email requests to come out with a CD of Fireworks sounds that could be used to desensitize dogs.
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First and foremost, I want your companion to get results from these recordings (which means that your pet will have a much more comfortable life), so I strongly suggest that you follow my advice so that you can get the best outcome.
#1 - Consult a veterinarian or animal trainer who has experience in canine desensitization. They will be able to lay out a specific protocol for your pet. Once they do, follow their advice. If you're not getting the right results (or any results), then go back to them and they will modify the program to better suit your pet's needs. Remember, every dog is special and unique.
#2 - The desensitization process takes time. If you're expecting immediate results, you will be disappointed. It just doesn't happen right away, especially with adult animals. This is something that you and your pet are going to have to work on together and some time (weeks or even months). Consider it an opportunity for further bonding between you and your companion.
#3 - Use a really good sound system for playback. Thunder and Fireworks produce some very percussive and low frequency sounds that need larger speakers and lots of power to be reproduced effectively. Remember dogs have a much better sense of hearing than humans. What fools you may not fool them.
Your computer's speakers will not be good enough for the job. Let me repeat this: your computer's speakers will not be good enough for the job. Neither will those very small "clock radio" sized systems. Use the largest and most powerful system you have for playback! Please :-) I have had customers say that their pets ran for cover just from hearing the online demo played back from their computer speakers. But I believe that this is the exception and not the rule.
If you're not getting any response from your pet, you more than likely need a better playback system.
#4 - See Rule #3. No, really, I mean it. The best playback system that you can get your hands on will insure the most effective results for your pet. You're trying to get these recordings to sound as natural (as in, just like you hear outside) as you possibly can.
Good luck, and keep trying. This process takes time and patience and can really improve your dog's life. Your companion is worth it and then some :-)