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NOTE: ARTICLE WRITTEN BY KEISHA OF ARPEGGIO POODLES

Desensitization is very important for your prospective Service dog. Without this important step you might find yourself in a situation you did not prepare or train for and the reaction of your service dog may not be positive. Its true that it is almost impossible to train for every situation you might encounter, but if the proper socialization and desensitization has been done in the past it will make your Service dog more confident and adaptable to new situations.

I wanted to create this list to help people create a good foundation in their Service dogs. The list contains not only sounds you want to desensitize too, but also physical stimuli (Sights and smells). Remember that when desensitizing your dog that you want to give your dog as much of the experience as possible. For example when desensitizing to fireworks, not only do you want to work with your dog on the sounds produced but you also want your dog to experience the visual part of the bright flashing lights and the smell of the cinder and smoke. Otherwise your dog may have no reaction to the sound but might startle at the light effects of the fire works. You will want to be able to get as close to these things as you possibly can for proper desensitization. I realize that sometimes its not always possible to be able to get out to a place where you can expose your dog to these things. In this case use of recorded sounds is an acceptable substitute.

When using recorded sound it is best listened too through a stereo system or surround sound system. Remember though that recorded sound is always a little bit distorted.

Here is a link to a site that has prerecorded sounds for you to use.

SOUNDDOGS.COM

If you think of anything that is not on this list please do not hesitate to email me with the information.

DESENSITIZATION LIST

Air conditioner

Air horn

Airport - The whole experience is important. Especially if you ever plan to fly

Ambulance - light and sirens on and off

Applause

Automatic Doors

Balloons - All types

Banging pots and pans

Bed side commode

Bicycles

Boats

Broom

Buses

Canes

Carnival Rides and Atmosphere

Car washes - both self serve and drive though

Casino

Cats

Chair - sliding in and out of a spot

Costumes - Especially clowns

Diesel trucks

Dogs

Door Bell

Drill

Earth quake siren

Elevators

Facial hair on men

Fans

Farm animals

Fax machine

Fire hydrant

Fire Trucks - siren and lights on and off

Floor polisher

Flushing Toilet

Fork lift

Grocery Store

Gun fire

Hair clippers

Hammer

Hats - all different types

Horns

Hose

Hospitals - The whole experience is important. You never know when you will have to be in the hospital.

Hotel

Ice Cream Truck

Kids - Screaming, Crying, Playing, Running, Jumping

Kiddie Rides at the front of stores

Ladders

Lawn mower

Leaf Blower

Life size dolls

Lightening

Mop

Motorcycle

Movie theater

Older people - Smells, noises they make

Paramedics

People of other races

People walking by in close proximity

Play ground equipment

Police Car

Power chairs

Printer

Rake

Resturant - Fast food and sit down

Ringing bells - School bells

Road working equipment - jack hammers, rollers, cutters

Roller blades

Roller Skates

Rotating Doors

Saws

Scooters

Shopping basket

Shopping carts

Shopping malls

Shovels

Skateboards

Slamming Doors

Sprinklers

Sporting events

Stairs

Street Vendors

Swimming pools

Tap shoes

Taxi

Telephone

Thunder storms

Tillers

Traffic

Trains

Walkers

Weed eaters

Wheel chairs

Wild animals

Wigs

Work place - The whole experience is important. Especially if you plan to have your Service dog at work.

Vacuum cleaner

NOTE: ARTICLE WRITTEN BY KEISHA OF ARPEGGIO POODLES

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