Dogs are highly sensitive to noises, we must protect them
Coping with Household Noises
There is a specific period in a young puppy’s development when everyday household distractions can affect the pup's development and the pup needs to "fit in" better to his/her surroundings. This is known as the socialization period, and it falls between eight and fourteen weeks of age. The pup needs to gradually evolve to become more interactive to objects and the environment. If your dog did not have this experience as a pup, she may have exaggerated responses to objects you use daily.
VACUUMS AND OTHER APPLIANCES
Many dogs are either cautious, hyper or even frieghtened by vacuums . The noise factor and the shape of the object are difficult for them to translate. The worst thing you can do is to chase or tease your dog with the vacuums as they find these objects threatening or annoying. Whether it is the vacuum cleaner, the coffee maker, or some other appliance that leaves your dog perplexed and frightened... introduce it to her this way:
1 Let her see the object unplugged. Place it in the middle of the floor and lace its border with yummy treats.
2 Manipulate the object without turning it on. Do not force your dog to interact with this strange device until he/she is comfortable around it.
3 Ask a helper to turn on the object in the next room as you practice lessons or play games with your dog.
4 Gradually but not awkwardly move closer to the object ( do not move slower than you normally would as dogs hate slow movements) until you can work the appliance yourself without your dog overreacting to it.
POTS AND PANS
The sound of metal against metal or crashing to floor can send dogs into a jag of barking from which it is hard to recover. In this case, work or play with your dog at decreasing distances, using rewards and praise until he/she is more comfortable with the sound.
The sound of a doorbell is very exciting for a dog: as the change in visitors, and the potential for attention do a lot to spark a dog’s interest. And wild behavior is generally reinforced immediately: although you wouldn’t let me knock you out of the way to greet your company, you might be more permissive with your dog. Shouts and pushes signal clear disapproval to any human, but to a dog they’re perceived as hyper, physical play.
The first step in teaching correct greeting manners is to reclaim your door, it is important that your dog know that he/she is the subordinate and that obedience is NOT something that is suggested by you but rather something that is demanded by our k9 buddies. Using what I call a "snake sound" made verbally by starting the SI......sound (almost saying the word sit) WILL grasp the attention of even some of the most stubborn of "Man's best friend". Also, create a station near the door to allow your dog to interact but not interfere.
Although a shouting match can be a cathartic experience for humans... it can frighten or even make a dog aggressive. So again I would suggest using the "snake sound" to gain the attention of the out of control animal. To help your dog cope, designate a safe area, such as a crate or a corner, to send her to, and take heated discussions out of the room.
Many sounds in general may activate different reactions to dogs, as we must understand that dogs and have the ability to hear at a more sensitive level than humans. Human hearing spectrum is about 20 Hertz to 20 k Hertz and any sound in that range is normal for humans. However dogs can hear from 40 HZ to 60k hertz. So in this day in age where we are bombarded each day with new products....keep in mind that your faithful friend, the dog could be negatively affected by these devices. Products were made for the use enjoyment and benefit of humans, so it is possible that what we hear as normal, could be painful to dogs and other animals.