HELP!!! My Dog is Afraid of Thunderstorms!
Suburban Thunder can help calm your dog's fears.
Suburban Thunder and Suburban Fireworks are only available as downloads now. CDs are no longer being sold.
Our pets are members of our families. When they're happy, we're happy. When they're stressed, we're stressed. And, when their lives are in peril, we will do just about anything to help them.
Since you've come to this page, more than likely, your dog has problems when it thunders. It could be that he just hides or whines. But, it can be much worse. For years, I've had people call and email me with stories of their pets going crazy, tearing up the house and even injuring themselves. So, you're far from alone.
Those people contacted me because a recording that I made called "Suburban Thunder" can help - only I didn't know that at first (when I released the CD in 1999)... but I quickly figured it out. See, Suburban Thunder was not meant to help dogs. But it does (and that's part of the force behind this thunderstorm CD... and why it has sold thousands of copies worldwide).
"My Vet told me to get this CD!"
I'm not surprised when people call me in a panic because their dogs had gone crazy when it stormed. Many of those people seemed almost embarassed, like I would think that they were crazy (see my article below, left). But they're not crazy and thunderstorm anxiety is very real (some people suffer from it too - as I've had a few orders from Psychiatrists).
How Does Suburban Thunder Help?
By exposing your pet to realistic recordings of thunderstorms, you can help to desensitize them to the real thing, that's how. To get the best results, you'll need to get a true-sounding thunderstorm recording (Suburban Thunder was licensed, and used in the feature film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" - that alone says that it's realistic enough).
You'll also need to have a professional animal trainer or your vet set out a program for how loud and how often to play Suburban Thunder for your dog(s). I've posted my top tips for how to get the best results for your pet here.
Don't Wait For the Next Storm!
When done right, desensitization works, but it does take time. If you haven't already, contact your vet (or animal trainer). And, get Suburban Thunder. You can order Suburban Thunder these easy ways:
• credit card secure online purchase: click the "Buy Now" button to the right (24 hours / 7 days).
• check or money order: download and print this CD order form. Complete it and mail it to me.
• Apple iTunes download: follow this link to Apple's iTunes site where you can purchase and download.
If you have purchased or are considering purchasing Suburban Thunder and / or Suburban Fireworks to desensitize your dog, I've come up with a few tips that will help you get the most out of these products.
First and foremost, I want your companion to get results from these recordings (which means that your pet will have a much more comfortable life), so I strongly suggest that you follow my advice so that you can get the best outcome.
#1 - Consult a veterinarian or animal trainer who has experience in canine desensitization. They will be able to lay out a specific protocol for your pet. Once they do, follow their advice. If you're not getting the right results (or any results), then go back to them and they will modify the program to better suit your pet's needs. Remember, every dog is special and unique.
#2 - The desensitization process takes time. If you're expecting immediate results, you will be disappointed. It just doesn't happen right away, especially with adult animals. This is something that you and your pet are going to have to work on together and some time (weeks or even months). Consider it an opportunity for further bonding between you and your companion.
#3 - Use a really good sound system for playback. Thunder and Fireworks produce some very percussive and low frequency sounds that need larger speakers and lots of power to be reproduced effectively. Remember dogs have a much better sense of hearing than humans. What fools you may not fool them.
Your computer's speakers will not be good enough for the job. Let me repeat this: your computer's speakers will not be good enough for the job. Neither will those very small "clock radio" sized systems. Use the largest and most powerful system you have for playback! Please :-) I have had customers say that their pets ran for cover just from hearing the online demo played back from their computer speakers. But I believe that this is the exception and not the rule.
If you're not getting any response from your pet, you more than likely need a better playback system.
#4 - See Rule #3. No, really, I mean it. The best playback system that you can get your hands on will insure the most effective results for your pet. You're trying to get these recordings to sound as natural (as in, just like you hear outside) as you possibly can.
Good luck, and keep trying. This process takes time and patience and can really improve your dog's life. Your companion is worth it and then some :-)
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