How counterconditioning can help your pet this 4th of July

WEBB CITY, Mo. – A Webb City, Missouri dog trainer shares some tips on keeping your pup calm this 4th of July. It’s called “counterconditioning.” It’s a way to prepare your furry friend for the loud scary noises on Independence Day. You condition your dog for the noise, by paying a lower volume of noise and rewarding them.

Here are some tips for counterconditioning your pet.

  • Prepare in Advance: Use low volume recorded noise to start
  • Use a high-value (very delicious) known food.
  • Timing is important. The eating comes after the aversive stimulus.