Nasty Noises from Cowering to Calm by Dr Erica Cosijn
New book By Dr. Erica Cosijn to help you understand more about why Dogs are scared of noise and she will introduce us to strategies from the Tellington TTouch toolbox along with other strategies she uses to help noise-sensitive dogs. Whilst this book has been written as a stand-alone book it is also the companion book to Erica’s two-day noise-sensitivity workshop.
Dr. Erica Cosijn has studied Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy at graduate level and Logic, Ethics and Information Science at Postgraduate level. She has worked as a badly paid philosopher, information specialist, university lecturer, noise impact assessment consultant and lately as a Tellington TTouch Practitioner and content developer for Information Literacy at tertiary level. She is the author of many articles on Information Retrieval, is co-author of a book on Information Literacy and has written over 200 Noise Impact Assessment Reports. All these skills combined perfectly for the development of the Nasty Noises course and subsequent book. Dr Erica lives in Pretoria, South Africa with her elderly rescued dogs and is quite well known for her love of orange-eyebrowed dogs.
Content of the book (subject to change)
Pet parents are guided through an explanation of the difference between sound and noise, and the differences between fear, phobia, and anxiety. Understanding the issues from the dog’s perspective is also important: a dog’s senses differ from those of humans, and to really help our animals, we need to understand what they see, hear, feel, because it is not the same as what we see, hear, or feel.
Although Bertie was storm-phobic, many other events that we perceive as noise events, are multi-sensory experiences. Fireworks, for example, are not only noisy, but there are also smells like sulfur, saltpetre and gunpowder, the explosions cause physical shock waves, and there are sudden flashes of light. If we look at the use of a vacuum cleaner from a dog’s point of view, it is not only noisy (and there are sounds that they can hear that we can’t), but there are also smells, snaking cords, and the pet parent attached to the monstrosity.
The approach is that if we understand the physics of sound, and the physiology and psychology of fear, we can apply this knowledge to manage the environment and support the emotions of the animal. Examples of managing the environment include the use of white sound and certain types of music, dog laughter, soft rooms, and ways to reduce static electricity in the air. The chapter on supporting the dog’s emotions deal with the use of prescription medication (under the guidance of a veterinarian), as well as many natural alternatives, such as various supplements, homeopathy, aromatherapy and Tellington TTouch®.
This book answers many questions, for example:
“Why does my dog hide out in the bathroom during a storm?” (Answer: Your dog is scared of the electrical charge in the air and the bathroom is earthed through the pipes going into the ground)
“Why does my dog not want to lie in his own bed, but rather in the middle of the passage during fireworks displays?”, (Answer: His bed is next to a wall where reverberation and standing sound waves cause the sound to be much louder)
“If one of my dogs are noise phobic, will he also teach the other dogs in the household to be noise phobic?” (Answer: Most likely not)
“My dog has never been scared of gunshots and now she is. What’s up with that?” (Answer: Studies show that noise-sensitivity likely increases with age)
“Will it help if I play really loud rock music during fireworks display to drown out the noise?” (Answer: No, if your dog is already noise sensitive, it will only make things worse. Soft, slow, simple, single instrument music is much better for calming)
“What about wrapping a scarf around my dog in a criss-cross manner?” (The book explains how this works, the correct way to apply the wrap, and the type of wrap to use)
One of the chapters is dedicated to two case studies – a full analysis of the specific triggers and phobias and possible solutions. This will offer pet parents the know-how to compile a treatment plan for their own pets
This book is published in the UK by Cetacea Publishing
Approximately 120 printed pages, A4 sizes
|21 × 0.5 × 29.7 cm