On Sunday 23rd April 2023 at 3pm an emergency alert will sound on all phones.
This isn't great for dogs, especially not anxious, nervous or sound sensitive dogs. Especially in dense areas with semi detached homes, flats and housing estates.
So what can we do:
Stay indoors so that there are no unpredictable sounds or experiences in the outdoor environment as we all know we cannot control circumstances outside of the home.
Turn your phone off or ask someone to take it outside away from the home.
Play white noise and classical, reggae or soft rock music.
Begin desensitisation now to the sound, here is a tutorial on us working on this with the sound.
Remember even if you begin the desensitisation process now there is no guarantee your dog will be resilient to this on Sunday. So take measures to protect them.
Work on desensitisation and counter conditioning slowly, gently and listen to your dog's communications such as their body language before it can develop into vocalisations or worse. Desensitisation wants to keep dogs under threshold to be successful and to not negatively impact them.
This will set us up for success for the future as we don't know when the alarms will sound and due to that uncertainty and unpredictability we need to begin now to ensure their safety and welfare.
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