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Old 02-27-2013, 07:58 PM
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Default Dog with noise sensitivities?

So Cricket doesn't have a lot of vices honestly. She really is an all around amazing dog and pretty solid temperament.

She does have one thing though that she struggles with and I'm curious to know what might be a good way to approach this with her.

If she hears random noises she will bark and growl. I should tape it some time. She doesn't jump up and go crazy necessarily, but she will get a concerned look on her face from wherever she happens to be and start to bark and growl. Once she has heard a noise she ends up reacting to she ends up in this hyper sensitive mode for a little while where she is on full alert to every single noise around her and starts to growl low at every noise she hears.

For example. Our landlords live upstairs. They tend to walk with a heavy foot so if she hears them walking around she tends to get upset. If I walk outside of my room and open up say the bathroom door or something she will bark and growl from wherever she is... It's completely random noises. Tonight she could be reacting to some noise she heard from upstairs and tomorrow she could hear the same noise and not care. The following day she may hear it again and react again. It tends to be mainly noises that she can't actually see the source of where the noise is coming from.

I know I can't be the only one on here that deals with this so... what do you guys do to work on this sort of thing?
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