Creating Positive Associations With Textures & Sounds

First, be sure to regularly review the lesson on “How to socialise” so that you are armed with the right ammunition for the job. 

At home or outside the home, actively create a positive association with textures and sounds.

Every time your dog notices a new type of surface on which to walk, or experiences a new sound that may be a little startling, start the happy-talk and treat-party so that they start to make a positive association with these textures and sounds. Texture/sound predicts happy-talk and delicious food, therefore people and dogs are safe and exciting! 

The order of events is paramount here! The dog must notice the stimulus first, THEN the happy-talk starts and meatballs rain from the sky. 

We want the dog looking to us with happy anticipation when they notice a texture or a sound.

Abstract antique hardwood floor

Hardwood floor

Gray couch with a colourful carpet

Carpeting

Marble floor

Marble floor

A frozen lake by the mountains

Snow / water

Laminate floor

Laminate floor

Open stairs*

Open stairs*

Wobble-board*

Wobble-board*

Subway

Subway grate*

Green grass

Grass

Wooden stairs beside a gray concrete wall

Concrete

Wooden stairs to the beach

Wooden steps*

Dirt

Dirt

A concrete ramp

Ramp

Board deck dock floor

Wooden deck

Close up of white sand on the beach

Sand

A baby crying

Baby crying

Children playing with activity balls on an outdoor field

Children playing

loud dog

Dog barking

Two people sitting on a motorcycle on the streets

Motorcycle

A white garbage truck lifting up a garbage bin

Garbage truck

Truck backing up

Truck backing up

Smoke alarm

Smoke alarm

A steel hammer

Hammering

Fire alarm

Fire alarm

Two men using a power drill to restore a building

Drilling

Red train on tracks with green grass under a bright sky

Train

Thunder

Thunder

fireworks

Fireworks

A crowd of people on a sidewalk

Crowd of people

Honking car horn

Honking car horn

Vacuum cleaner

Vacuum cleaner

A helicopter

A person coughing

A person coughing

Sick woman blowing her nose while sitting on a chair

A person sneezing

Police car sirens

Sirens

Kitchen appliance

Kitchen appliance