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Thunder Storms

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Please adjust your speaker volume and ensure your dog is not in the room until you have set the level to a satisfactory volume.

The problem with many CD's that are offered as desensitising aids for dogs that are noise sensitive is the fact that the loops of sound are too short and after repetition the dog remembers that it has heard it all before and becomes familiar with the noises on the CD.
It becomes desensitised to the CD but when it encounters the noises in real life, the fear remains.

We have looked at producing longer sound files to overcome the problem of Thunderstorm anxiety.
The theory is that the sound files are too long and complex for the dog to remember and become familiar.
Therefore each time it hears the sound file it is as if it were new and unfamiliar.
Gradual and careful exposure should enable the dog to become desensitised to the actual sounds, not just the sound of the recording.

Both storms here are real thunder. One is a real storm, the other constructed in a studio environment using loops of real recordings of storms overlaid to produce a stereo 'artificial' storm that sounds quite nasty and violent.
They are both stereo storm recordings.

There are loud claps of thunder on both recordings.
Download time will depend on your connection speed. Both start quietly.

Storm 1 lasts 12 minutes and is recording of an actual short storm passing over York.
The recording includes sounds of dogs barking and other ambient noise caught at the time.

12 minute Storm

Storm 2 is 30 minutes long and is an artificial storm entirely constructed from recordings of real thunder and weather.
It gradually fades in on one channel and spreads to the other channel, sounding like it is passing overhead then fades out in the first channel and gradually fades on the second channel as it moves away.
It is designed as a very violent storm with constant thunder rumbling in the background and very loud claps of thunder rolling around the stereo field at its height with heavy rain, gusty wind, high wind and the sound of water dripping as it fades out.
The sort of storm you would not want to be caught out in.

30 minute storm

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