Learning Objectives

Welcome to Textures & Sounds!

This module is all about creating a positive association with textures and sounds; anything new or potentially scary. That could be anything from a hardwood floor, a laminate floor, subway grates, rubber bathmat, grass, concrete, metal exam table at vet clinic, etc… and various sounds, such as barking, loud laughter/talking, coughing/sneezing, kids playing, children crying, microwave/oven beeping, traffic sounds, sirens, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. Every time your dog notices one of these, start the happy-talk and treat-party so that they start to make a positive association with these textures and sounds. Because noise sensitivities are extremely common in dogs as they get older and are very, very difficult to modify, here is a major resource that you might consider investing in: Soundproof Puppy Training App. It’s usually $6~ for the app. 

This is considered a “behavioural vaccine” that prevents fear and aggression from developing later. This exercise is NOT considered “behaviour change” so even if your dog seems “fine” around these right now, still do the homework! You’ll thank us for it later…and so will your vet and groomer.

We will also work on a couple of important behaviours for puppies: Elevator, Take It, Leave it.


Oftentimes, the best way to practice these behaviours learned at school is to practice one or two repetitions randomly throughout each day? Incorporating these mini-practice sessions into your normal daily life is the best way to generalise behaviours, but it also prevents your dog from thinking that the only time they should perform this behaviour is when you “look” like you’re training (treat pouch on, clicker in hand, etc).A WORD ON SAFE PLAY:

Allow your puppy to get out many times throughout the day and meet friendly people and safe dogs (but not in dog parks!). Keep things short and sweet! If your puppy meets another puppy and they play well together, arrange a playdate with them on a regular basis and keep filling the dance card with other safe puppies.

Avoid dog parks until your dog is closer to 6 months of age and talk to us before attending – we have great resources to help you make it successful.DON’T FORGET: 

You can get your questions asked between classes and beyond! We provide almost daily support, answering questions and chatting with you about any dog-related concerns.