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Question All of the sudden, scared about kitchen noises

Hello, we are at a loss here, hopefully you have some advice for us. Nikey, our 4yo havanese all of the sudden is terrified of the noise dishes, pots and pans make when we are cleaining out the kitchen. Im talking about emptying the dishwasher, placing cutlery in the drawers or picking up the kitchen sink. He will start shivering and walking with his tail down and hide under the dining room table. As soon as the noise is over, he is good again.. Any suggestions to reasure him that everything is ok and not to be scared?

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I'm not sure why your dog is scared all of a sudden, but in terms of dealing with it, it's best to go right back to the beginning. Try using an iphone or ipad if you have those available, to record the sound of the dishes being done. Then you can play that much more quietly while feeding treats. Only play it at the volume your dog can tolerate happily without really noticing much. Then over the course of a few days you can increase the volume while feeding treats, and then start slowly with the real dishes. Perhaps one of you can feed treats while the other does the dishes. Basically you just want to fundamentally change your dog's emotional response to hearing the dishes clanging from "Oh no, scary dishes are unpredictable and I'm worried" to "Ooh, dish noises! That means treats are coming, yay!"

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I'm not sure why your dog is scared all of a sudden, but in terms of dealing with it, it's best to go right back to the beginning. Try using an iphone or ipad if you have those available, to record the sound of the dishes being done. Then you can play that much more quietly while feeding treats. Only play it at the volume your dog can tolerate happily without really noticing much. Then over the course of a few days you can increase the volume while feeding treats, and then start slowly with the real dishes. Perhaps one of you can feed treats while the other does the dishes. Basically you just want to fundamentally change your dog's emotional response to hearing the dishes clanging from "Oh no, scary dishes are unpredictable and I'm worried" to "Ooh, dish noises! That means treats are coming, yay!"
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Thanks! I love that so many on this forum are serious about using positive, gentle, and scientific techniques to address training with their dogs. I'm sure that's not the case on every dog forum on the internet!

If anyone tries these or similar methods, report back and let us know the results!

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Thanks! I love that so many on this forum are serious about using positive, gentle, and scientific techniques to address training with their dogs. I'm sure that's not the case on every dog forum on the internet!

If anyone tries these or similar methods, report back and let us know the results!

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