What is Sound Socialisation? Why does it Work So Well?
Sound socialisation is a training technique where you carefully expose your dog to scary/exciting sounds in order to condition your dog not to react.
Imagine for a moment that you are afraid of spiders. Everytime you see one cold chills run up and down your spine, and you have flashbacks for days later. How would you feel?
That's what a sound sensitivity is like for your dog. As their feared sound commences they begin to become anxious, their heart beats faster, and life seems to narrow. Given enough exposure they can even develop full-blown phobias. However you can help them, with sound socialisation.
When you use Brave Puppy you can slowly expose your trusting friend to these 'scary' sounds, and assure yourself that they are free of any aversions or phobias; making for one VERY BRAVE PUPPY!
How Do You Use Brave Puppy?
Using Brave Puppy is super simple and can be explained in just one minute.
Why did we develop Brave Puppy?
Blessed with a pair of beautiful Labradors, Kasi & Luna, we faced two
significant challenges. Luna was overly sensitive to sounds, and Kasi
was hyper-excited by them. Both problems were the inspiration for
We used Brave Puppy with little Luna to expose her to as many 'scary' sounds as we could; starting at a low volume and gradually increasing the volume until the sounds became normal, and no big deal. Luna is now a happy, confident girl who doesn't react even during our app testing phase (lot's of new sounds with each update).
Kasi, on the other hand, was particularly excited by the sound of children. Training exercises or walking calmly on the lead were impossible near children's playgrounds or schools. Again we used Brave Puppy to play these sounds in a 'calm' environment to reduce her immense excitement when hearing these sounds. She no longer reacts but she does look for the 'crying baby' hoping to soothe it with a toy.
Aren't there other apps to do this?
Absolutely! There are several other apps on the app stores, all of which we tried. Unfortunately though, none of the other apps met our needs either lacking important sounds or having very poor sound quality. Hence we started from scratch to build Brave Puppy. Below are the key reasons that we feel that Brave Puppy is the best tool you can use.
85+ Expertly Curated Sounds
We have sourced over 85 common sounds, and a few not so common, that you can use to train your dog. Each sound has exceptional sound quality, which is important as a dog's hearing is far more acute than ours.
Working on particular sounds with your dog? Awesome! The favourites list helps you pin those sounds together so that they are easy to find.
Supports Our Community
We have both a FREE and paid version of the app so no matter your income you can work with your dog. In addition, the paid version donates 10% of ALL revenue to the Blind Foundation NZ.
Why is this important? Sounds come in a range of intensities and sometimes that makes all the difference for how your dog will react. Using an external bluetooth speaker you can improve the training potential of the sounds.
Record your Own Sounds
We have strived to provide a comprehensive library, and are always looking to add new sounds. But there are some sounds which you might need which are unlikely the make the cut. Howler Monkey anybody? So rather than not have them at all, just add them yourself with the record sounds functionality. As many as you like.
We are dog trainers and breeders, and actively use our app in our day to day lives. As a result we are always looking for ways to make the app better both for us, and for you. Reach out to us at Pawsome Pooch.