Some dogs have extreme reactions to sounds.

Being startled by sudden noises is normal for all of us. But some dogs can't settle back down and have extreme reactions and anxiety.

Those dogs may cower, pace, tremble, pant, vocalize, cling to their owners, and/or hide. Others will become frantic, even tearing out nails scratching to find a safe place.

It can be heartbreaking to watch this anxious or desperate dog. Noise aversion is a true panic disorder and it shouldn't be ignored.

Your dog's fear might be from storms (starting even before that first clap of thunder), fireworks, traffic or construction noise, household appliances, or any other sound in your dog's world.

Noise aversion often becomes worse over time. This can result in severely suffering pets and compromised quality of life for the pet and the owner.

We want to help your dog feel safe and calm. This in-depth and thorough, science-based online course will help you do just that.

You can go at your own pace and learn in the comfort of your home.
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Some dogs have extreme reactions to sounds.

Now there is a course that can help your dog

Noise aversion is a fearful or anxious response to sounds within the environment. It often becomes worse over time. This can result in dogs who are really suffering, as well as a compromised quality of life for both the pet and the owner. Make a real difference by learning how you can help your dog.

Learn at your own pace, working through each short video lesson with helpful and informative handouts. In this online course you will learn:

  • How other stress in your dog's life can increase noise anxiety and how to change that.
  • How your dog learns and how your dog's brain works. This affects why he gets scared and how you can change that.
  • Understand the signs of this disorder and how the same signs can mimic other behavioral disorders.
  • How early intervention is key.
  • What will likely happen if the noise aversion goes untreated.
  • Some quick fixes to help your scared dog fast.
  • How to identify your dog's triggers and avoid them.
  • How to recognize the early signs of stress so that you can keep your dog from panicking.
  • Get real tools to help alleviate your dog's behavior in the long term.
  • What you should and should not do to help your dog.
  • How changes to your dog's environment can make a huge difference.
  • How to use counterconditioning properly to help your change your dog’s emotional state from panic to calm.
  • How to teach your dog coping skills like relaxation for use during noise events.
  • How you should behave to help your dog calm down.
  • Cool gadgets and other things that might help.
  • The proper use of medications for the treatment of noise aversion. Please note, we will not be giving advice about specific medications.
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Does this sound familiar?

You may have felt like some of these owners when your dog gets frightened. These are real quotes from owners just like you. We can help you solve these concerns.

  • "I don't want him to hurt himself, and I'm very concerned things are getting markedly worse."

  • "My poor little dog is a total horror over noises, especially storms. I tried stuff from the pet store and it does nothing."

  • "I got down on the floor with her, and she clawed me. She couldn’t get close enough. After the storm passed, she quaked for hours."

  • "Although my dog has always been sensitive to these noises, it's getting worse in her old age."

  • "If she's alone when a thunderstorm happens, she will tear apart the house looking for someplace 'safe'."

  • "Some days I can barely walk him; he is so afraid of truck sounds and lawnmowers. When he sees the leash he hides."

  • "My dog has started pooping in the house because he's afraid to go outside."

  • "I feel like a prisoner in my own home not being able to leave on stormy days. When I do leave I feel so stressed thinking about how my dog is suffering."

Here is what you will get

to help you and your dog

  • Expertise

    There are very few, if any, courses of this quality and with this much current, science-based information that is also taught by a world-renowned board certified veterinary behaviorist. Plus you get the rest of the team, all certified and professional dog trainers who successfully and regularly solve dog behavior problems. The professional team has helped hundreds of dogs like yours.
    Meet the team here.

  • Coaching

    You will get the personal help you need all along the way to troubleshoot any problems you may be having during the course. Email us your questions and you will get a quick reply, or request a online video chat for a face-to-face meeting. If you participate in class discussions you will get the most out of the course. This caliber of help is priceless!

  • Real results

    This course has the most current information on the problem of noise aversion. Besides the coaching team's invaluable help, you also get the webinars (which are live and then recorded), the on-demand videos that you can watch at your own pace, and the downloadable follow-up material. Plus you get real results which often means a better quality of life for both you and your dog.

You want the best for your dog.

We get that. That's why we want you to feel confident in our ability to help you and your dog.

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We've got answers to your questions.

Learn more about noise aversion and how this course can help

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is for owners with dogs who become fearful or stressed due to environmental noises. It’s what sends dogs cowering under the couch when fireworks burst in the night sky or a car backfires. The dog is distressed by the noise and wants to get away. Fireworks, thunder and gun shots are obvious triggers for dogs with noise aversion, but a wide variety of environmental sounds can also be disturbing to dogs—children shrieking, loud TV noises, doors slamming, loud engine noises, and much more

  • How can I tell if my dog has Noise Aversion? What are the signs?

    If your dog exhibits any of these behaviors in response to noise, you need this course: trembling or shaking; ears back and brow furrowed; abnormal clinginess; pacing or restlessness; excessive panting; hiding; cowering; refusing to eat; excessive vigilance; vocalizing (whining or barking at the sound; freezing or immobility; lip licking; yawning.

    Some dogs may develop generalized anxiety and will refuse to walk outside at all. They may begin to eliminate in the house because of that. Or they won't walk during the day and their owner has to take them out only when it's dark.

    Every dog will be different and every dog will recover from the noise trigger at different rates after the noise stops. These recovery periods include: immediately; within an hour; several hours; and a day or more.

  • Why is my dog like this?

    While some dogs may inherit this trait, others may develop it. Usually, dogs who develop this trait do so because they had a bad experience associated with a loud noise, which in turn makes them fearful of loud noises. It is estimated that noise aversion affects one-third of dogs in the United States.

  • When does this program begin?

    Wednesday, June 19th from 8 to 9:30 PM EST. However, if you can't make a session, you may view the recorded version at any time.

    There is a one-week gap between each session to allow you time to work with your dog.

    Each webinar/lecture will include time to answer your questions.

  • What do I need to join this course?

    You will need a computer or laptop with a good internet connection. While not ideal, a smartphone can be used.

  • What is the cost and what is included?

    This complete course is $119. This includes all of the coursework, video lessons, informative handouts, techniques, and instructor access to change your dog's behavior in a positive way.

    You'll get unlimited email access and generous phone consults with an expert instructor to keep you successfully moving forward. In addition, topical discussions about the lessons complete the learning experience.

    Think you might need extra help during the course? You are encouraged to pay for and schedule a virtual consult at a deeply discounted rate to meet "face-to-face" online with an instructor to answer any questions and troubleshoot any issues. Click All Courses at the top and then go to Coaching Help & Support to learn more.

  • Who are the instructors?

    The Dog Nerds' instructors have the skill, experience, credentials, and patience to help you with your problems and questions. Included on the team are a board certified veterinary behaviorist and two certified professional trainers.
    Meet the team here.

  • I have other questions.

    We are always happy to answer your questions! Please email us by clicking Contact Us in the header or footer.

Course curriculum

Utilizing short but information-rich videos and informative handouts you will begin to change you and your dog's quality of life! Discussion sections for questions and support add to the enriching experience.

  • 1
    Module 1: Welcome to the course!
  • 2
    Module 2: Understanding Noise Aversion
  • 3
    Module 3: Decreasing Stress
    • Decreasing Stress, Lesson 1: What happens in your dog's brain when he is scared?
    • Decreasing Stress, Lesson 1: What happens in your dog's brain when he is scared? FREE PREVIEW
    • Decreasing Stress, Lesson 2: Easy ways to decrease your dog's stress.
    • Decreasing Stress, Lesson 2: Easy ways to decrease your dog's stress
    • Decreasing Stress, Lesson 2: Easy ways to decrease your dog's stress through enrichment
    • Decreasing Stress, Lesson 3: Medications and Supplements
    • Decreasing Stress, Lesson 3: Medications and Supplements
    • What are the fun and engaging activities you do with your dog?
  • 4
    Module 4: Creating a Sanctuary Space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 1: Introduction to the Sanctuary Space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 1: Introduction to the Sanctuary Space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 2: Choosing the Sanctuary Space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 2: Choosing the Sanctuary Space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 3: Choosing the Sanctuary Space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 3: Choosing the Sanctuary Space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 3: Choosing the Sanctuary Space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 4: Choosing the Sanctuary Space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 5: Conditioning your dog to the sanctuary space, 1st steps
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 6: Conditioning your dog to the sanctuary space
    • Creating a Sanctuary Space, Lesson 7: Sanctuary Spaces handout- how to and troubleshooting
    • How are you doing with your dog's sanctuary space?
  • 5
    Module 5: Getting your dog to relax! Stages 1 & 2
    • Getting your dog to relax! Stages 1 & 2, Lesson 1: Introduction
    • Getting your dog to relax! Stages 1 & 2, Lesson 1: Introduction
    • Getting your dog to relax! Stages 1 & 2, Lesson 2: Building drive and desire for the mat
    • Getting your dog to relax! Stages 1 & 2, Lesson 2: Building drive and desire for the mat
    • Getting your dog to relax! Stages 1 & 2, Lesson 2: Building drive and desire for the mat
    • Getting your dog to relax! Stages 1 & 2, Lesson 3: Building Duration on the Mat
    • Getting your dog to relax! Stages 1 & 2, Lesson 3: Building Duration on the Mat
    • Getting your dog to relax! Stages 1 & 2, Lesson 3: Building Duration on the Mat
    • Is your dog loving the mat? Or is it a struggle?
  • 6
    Module 6: Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside, Lesson 1
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside, Lesson 1
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside, Lesson 2
    • Is this your dog?
  • 7
    Module 6: Quick Fixes
    • Quick Fixes, Lesson 1: How Your Behavior Affects Your Dog's Behavior
    • Quick Fixes, Lesson 1: How Your Behavior Affects Your Dog's Behavior
    • Quick Fixes, Lesson 2: Distract and Redirect
    • How do you 'get happy' with your dog?
  • 8
    Module 7: Understanding Your Dog
    • Understanding Your Dog, Lesson 1: Body Language
    • Understanding Your Dog, Lesson 1: Body Language
    • Understanding Your Dog, Lesson 2: How Your Dog Learns
    • Understanding Your Dog, Lesson 2: How Your Dog Learns
    • Can you read your dog?
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    Module 8: Learn How to Train your Dog
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 1: Calm Dogs Learn Best
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 1: Calm Dogs Learn Best
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 2: Use a Conditioned Reinforcer for Faster Learning
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 2: Use a Conditioned Reinforcer for Quicker Learning
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 2: Use a Conditioned Reinforcer for Quicker Learning Handout
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 3: Finding Your Dog's Currency
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 3: Finding Your Dog's Currency
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 3: Finding Your Dog's Currency
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 4: Delivering Reinforcement
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 4: Delivering Food Reinforcement
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 5: Delivering Toy Reinforcement
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 6: Punishment creates stress. Isn't your dog stressed enough?
    • Learn How to Train your Dog, Lesson 7: Training Log Example
  • 10
    Module 9: Gadgets and Resources
    • Gadgets and Resources, Lesson 1
    • Gadgets and Resources, Lesson 1
    • What have you tried?
  • 11
    Module 10: Review and overview of what is up next
    • Review and overview of what is up next
    • Review and overview of what is up next
  • 12
    Module 11: Managing Expectations and Goal Setting
    • Managing Expectations and Goal Setting, Lesson 1
    • Managing Expectations and Goal Setting, Lesson 1
    • Make SMART goals
  • 13
    Module 12: Sanctuary Space Conditioning and Use
    • Introduction to Sanctuary Space- Next Steps
    • Sanctuary Space Conditioning and Use, Lesson 1: Introduction
    • Sanctuary Space Conditioning and Use, Lesson 2: Using food rewards
    • Sanctuary Space Conditioning and Use, Lesson 2: Using food rewards
    • Sanctuary Space Conditioning and Use, Lesson 3: Using a Food Toy
    • Sanctuary Space Conditioning and Use, Lesson 3: Using a Food Toy
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    Module 13: Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 1
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 1
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 2: Troubleshooting
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 2
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 3
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 3
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 3
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 4
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 4
    • Getting Your Dog to Relax, Stages 3 and 4, Lesson 4
    • Is your dog viewing the mat as a place to settle down and relax? Tell us how you're doing.
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    Module 14: Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Next Steps
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Next Steps, Lesson 1
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Next Steps, Lesson 1
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Next Steps, Lesson 2
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Next Steps, Lesson 2
    • Counterconditioning to the environment- Troubleshooting 2
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Next Steps, Lesson 3: Hand Touching
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Next Steps, Lesson 3: Hand Touching
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Next Steps, Lesson 3: Hand Touching
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    Module 15: Review and overview of what is up next
    • Review and overview of what is up next
    • Review and overview of what is up next
  • 17
    Module 16: Changing how your dog feels
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 1: Introduction
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 1: Introduction
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 2: Counterconditioning
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 2: Counterconditioning
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 3: Counterconditioning and Reinforcement
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 4: Counterconditioning Using Distance
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 4: The Stress Ladder
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 5: Desensitization and Counterconditioning with Food
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 5: Desensitization and Counterconditioning with Food
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 5: Desensitization and Counterconditioning with Food
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 6: Desensitization and Counterconditioning with Toys
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 6: Desensitization and Counterconditioning with Toys
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 6: Desensitization and Counterconditioning Handout
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 7: Desensitization and Counterconditioning Using a Mat
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 7: Desensitization and Counterconditioning Using a Mat
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 8: Real-life counterconditioning outside
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 8: Real-life counterconditioning outside
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 8: Real-life counterconditioning outside
    • Changing how your dog feels, Lesson 9: Counterconditioning to the Environment (generalized stress)
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    Module 17: Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Final Steps
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Final Steps, Lesson 1: Review and Introduction
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Final Steps, Lesson 1: Review and Introduction
    • Conditioning Calm Behavior Outside: Final Steps, Lesson 2: Hand Touching Use in Real Life Situations
    • Have you built a hand touch into a valuable exercise to get your dog's attention? Share some examples with us.
  • 19
    Module 18: Sanctuary Space- Real Life
    • Sanctuary Space- Real Life, Lesson 1
    • Sanctuary Space- Real Life, Lesson 1
    • Share some of your successes and struggles with changing your dog's behavior.
  • 20
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