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Pet Desensitization

Martha Stewart Living Television

For some dogs and cats, everyday noises such as thunder, traffic, or children playing can be terrifying. Fortunately there are ways to desensitize your pet.

Pet expert Marc Morrone suggests tape-recording a sound that frightens your dog or cat and playing it at a low volume, rewarding your pet as it learns to accept the sound and act normally. You can slowly raise the volume of the sound over a period of a few days; soon enough, your pet will barely notice the actual sounds.

Be sure not to comfort your pet too much when it reacts to the noises fearfully; this will only reinforce the behavior. You can also purchase CDs featuring some of these sounds if you have difficulty getting a good recording of your own.

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