Dogs Fear of Cars

First, before beginning the sensibility suppression process you will have to determine the origin of the problem, the fear to the vehicle in this case.

There are many common causes that act as unchaining triggers of fright in relation to vehicles: excessive noise, vibration or movement, and a previous traumatic experience. Under any of these three situations, not all the dogs react the same. It is unquestionable that experiences or circumstances that to some may seem something without importance to others under the same conditions can be seen from a completely different point of view.

In reference to the excessive noise, you have to proceed in the same manner as used for the exposed case in the chapter dedicated to the suppression of sensibility.

As a first step, you will proceed to record the roaring noise of traffic. You have to make it as real as possible. It won't be enough to only record the noise a vehicle does when parked or with the engine started. You will have to record it while driving during rush hours or going through crowded places or even when stuck in a traffic jam. The recording should last around 30 minutes.

Then, by the use of recording equipment, you will establish the highest sound that the animal can stand without presenting important behavioral changes.

From then, and always within tolerated limits, you will expose him to the sound, as the previous step explains, to all the situations that we know pleasant for him: food, walks, games, etc. Little by little we will increase the sound intensity in parallel with the increasing of the margin of tolerance to it by the dog. In this stage, it is always convenient to observe the intensity of sound the dog can tolerate, and not to increase it until noticing how much he can stand, at least during two consecutive days.

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