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The sound quality is most important

At the end of the therapy, where your dog has gotten used to the sounds at a gradually higher and higher volume levels, the sounds should be audible at the natural volume, and as close to the natural sound quality as is reasonably possible.

If the sound level is too low or of a bad audio quality, then the therapy will be less successful, or there will be no success at all, depending on the situation.

Icons for the four basic types of audio equipment:

The basic requirements for the audio devices are simple:

Your audio devices need to be able to play the sounds clearly and at a full natural volume (or as close to that as you reasonably can manage.)

The therapy requires that in the end, at Step 5, the experience of hearing the therapy sounds at full volume is as close to the actual phenomena in their “natural“  settings. This simply means that the audio playing devices, with the amplifier and loudspeakers, should be capable of delivering that.

How do you know? Simply listen. Assess the acoustic quality from your personal experience. That is the best way to determine.

If you think that the sound quality isn’t good enough, consider the different ways that may be available to you, to ensure that you have audio devices that are up to the job, when playing the therapy sounds during the process.

Different audio devices in different places

Very probably, you will be using different audio devices in different places, although it is possible that you will simply use a (powerful) portable stereo in all places where you play the sounds.

You will simply choose the audio devices to use, based on the devices you own and possibly based on the devices you can easily get your hands on.

The possible different types of audio devices, in the different types of places, are:

  • Portable stereo, which is powerful enough to deliver the sounds at the full, natural volume in the end stages of the process. The portable stereo you would use in the different places inside your home, where you determine that playing the sounds is necessary, and also outside, and even in the car if it doesn’t have a good car stereo.
  • The car stereo will probably be your choice in your car, if it has a decent stereo system.
  • In your main living room, you may possibly have your main audio system, either a stereo system, like a rack system, or a multi-loudspeaker home-theatre system, so it can make sense to use that in that location.
  • You may also have a portable device like an MP3 player, a tablet or a smart phone, to store the audio files, and a (powerful enough) set of loudspeakers with their own built-in amplifiers, which you may be able to move from room to room. The sound signal may be transferred from the portable device via a cable, or via bluetooth or wifi, there are several options there.

Examples of the four types of audio equipment:

Is your audio device good enough? Use your ears

The best tool you have to evaluate whether your audio equipment is up to the job and is also the simplest and (usually) best available: Your hearing. Your ears! You simply play the piano tune to hear if it sounds good in the location where you want to play. If it does, then the actual therapy sounds will sound okay as well.

You will probably never reach the absolutely perfect sound quality in all places. Especially not outside. Your task is to come as reasonably close to it as you possibly can. Doing something is better than doing nothing. Simply do your best.

How much do you need?

You need to judge if the devices you have are capable, or mostly capable. You then need to evaluate if you should do anything to improve your capacity, as much as that makes sense to you.

One of the things that matters is your dog. Your particular dog. How sensitive is your dog to sounds? Is it necessary to take the therapy all the way, or can you make do with what you have, since your dog isn‘t that sensitive in the first place?

Around 20% of all dogs will suffer seriously from noise phobia. That means that up to half of all dogs, on average, have no problems with a noise. Perhaps you will find out pretty soon that your dog doesn’t have any problems. If your dog is sensitive or not is of course something only you can tell from experience. One of the goals of this therapy is to find this out. If your dog is sensitive, then you are advised to continue by maintaining the success, several times a year. It is your job to evaluate this, and make the decision.

What to do if your device isn’t up to the task?

If you determine that the equipment you own doesn’t deliver the volume and sound quality level needed, (for instance if you own a smart phone and some small loudspeakers that aren’t really powerful enough), then you may consider getting a device that is up to the task. 

It is up to you to decide what makes sense in your situation.  The ways in which you may possibly acquire an audio device for this job are for instance:

Someone may be able to lend you a powerful portable audio device, (for instance a CD-playing ghetto blaster of the kind that were once popular, just think about havign re-chargeable batteries!)

Someone may even be ready to give you an old but capable audio device.

You may perhaps rent an audio device?

You may possibly buy a used audio device at a low price?

You may possibly buy a new audio device. For instance, if you are already thinking about buying an audio device for you musical needs, you may consider having it powerful enough for this task.

Is it necessary to mention?: Earphones don’t work

The purpose of the noise phobia therapy is to create situations that resemble the actual situation, where the dog may hear the actual noises.

The sounds are supposed to appear as they are heard, randomly, and without the dog owner having anything to do with it. The dog owner is supposed to act as if nothing special is going on (an important part of letting the dog experience that nothing dangerous, nothing of importance, is going on when the dog hears the sounds.

It is the issue of association. Putting headphones on the dog to let the dog hear the sounds may be and idea that someone may get, but having these phones is an unnatural situation for the dog, and the dog would associate these sounds with the headphones clamped on the dog’s head.

The dog would get used to the sounds with the headphones over the ears, but might be frightened by the same sounds when not with the headphones.

That is not the idea, so using headphones to let the dog hear the sounds is not a viable solution.

Four audio media formats are available

The audio devices that you have, or will acquire in some way, will be using one or more of the following audio media formats.

WeStopFear matches your needs by having the audio files for all these solutions ready for you:

  • Streaming audio connected to the Internet.
  • Audio CD discs, either burned by you, on blank disc media you bought, or a ready made 5 CDs set with your member’s discount.
  • MP3 audio files.
  • Data CD discs with MP3 files burned directly on them (which you create yourself, not playable in the most common CD players, but probably playable in laptops and desk computers.)

Further information:

If you want to dig deeper, then here is a technical overview of the acoustic factors that will influence your situation.  

What is sound?

Sound is periodic vibrating pressure waves in the air, that travel through space from the origins of the sounds. You hear the sound when the pressure waves reach your inner ear, and the complex vibrations are sensed and deciphered by our brains. The sound vibrations are of different speeds. The lowest ‘‘speed“ that humans can hear (the very lowest pitch) is 20 vibrations per second, or 20 hertz (Hz). The highest pitch that humans can hear is around 20,000 hertz, or 20 kHz, although the hearing deteriorates as we grow older. (See below information about the hearing ranges of the most common pets and recreational animals).

Sound moves at a certain speed. At the atmosphere pressure around sea level, around 1,000 millibars, the speed of sound is around 340 meters per second (or 1,120 feet per second). This means around 1,225 kilometers per hour, or 761 miles per hour. The speed of sound also varies slightly by temperature and humidity, although not so much that it matters anything in our daily lives.

Three factors that affect sound volume and sound quality are:

Factor 1: The audio equipment

Audio equipment generate sound by letting electric signals from an amplified set of vibrations in a loudspeaker. The quality of the sound, and the potential sound volume (the force of the sound, which is not the same as the pitch of the sound), depends very much on the size and power of the loudspeakers and amplifiers. A small radio alarm clock and the sound system of a rock group are obviously two very different phenomena.

Factor 2: Approximity

Sound is lower or higher, depending on where you are, or where the source of sound is, in relation to you. As you move away from the sound source, (of the sound source moves away from you), the sound waves get dispersed, and the vibrating pressure waves lose their force gradually by moving through the air. The sound is lower. If you move even further, the sound finally dies and can not be heard. At the same time, if you are at a certain distance from the sound and you move closer, the sound volume increases. This is all well known.

Factor 3: Surroundings

What is slightly less known is that the surroundings, and especially the characteristics of the surfaces of things surrounding you, greatly influences a sound.

Hard surfaces:

Hard surfaces, such as stone floors and stone walls and ceiling, window glass and hard wood with shiny lacquer, reflect sound rather harshly and clearly. As a sound from a sound source is reflected from different surfaces around, it reaches your ear at slightly different times, and may echo from one surface to another. We all know the sound that is generated in halls and canteens, where shoes, cutlery and chairs generate a reverbrating hurly-burly of noise.

Soft surfaces:

Soft surfaces, woven surfaces and especially foam absorb and mute sound. If you are in a room with woven draperies, heavy window draperies, large upholstered sofas and woven carpets, there won‘t be many surfaces where sound can reflect on. This room is rather silent. If a person speaks, you hear their voice quite well because you only hear the sound coming from the person. There is no reflecting sound or echo from hard surfaces around. Recording studios go to great lengths to shut out all reflections of sounds. That is why the walls are often lined with plastic foam cut into certain shapes, to minimize all echoing that might disort the sound quality.

Open space:

Open space, outside, has little or no surfaces that reflect the sound. The sound generated disappears into the open space. This means that if you are to generate a sound with an audio device in an open space, you generally need more powerful loudspeakers than inside a small room with hard surfaces.

These three factors in the surroundings generate the acoustic quality of the space

It can help to consider these three factors, when you assess how loudly you need to play the sounds, and how well suited the audio equipment is  for the job.

The hearing of animals

Humans have a hearing range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz, as said above.

Animals can hear at different pitches. The hearing range of different animals is as follows:

  • Dogs can hear sounds of 64 Hz to 44,000 Hz. The famous dog whistle exerts a noise at a higher pitch than humans can hear, but the dog can hear it.
  • Cats can hear sounds of 55 Hz to 77,000 Hz. Cats can hear even higher pitches than dogs.
  • Pet birds: Around 200 Hz to 8,000 Hz.
  • Horses: 55 Hz to 33,500 Hz. 
  • Rabbits: 96 Hz to 49,000 Hz.
  • Guinea pigs: 47 Hz to 49,000 Hz.
  • Ferrets: 16 hz to 44,000 Hz.
  • Pigs: 42 hz to 40,500 Hz.
  • Chinchillas: 52 hz to 33,000 Hz.
  • Gerbils: 56 hz to 60,000 Hz.

Source: Lin-log graph of the hearing ranges of some animals. On Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearing_range

The limitations of the audio CD

The frequency range of the audio CD is from 20 to 20,000 Hz. The same range is the most common in MP3 audio files as well. This is the maximum range that humans can hear. Amplifiers can generally handle this range easily, but most loudspeakers don‘t reach higher than 15,000 to 18,000 Hz. Therefore, it is not possible to play the sound of a dog whistle from a CD, since a dog whistle has a higher tonal frequency than that.

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Will You Help Other Animals (And Their Owners)?

Image of a group of petsThere are millions of pets and animals in all countries that could benefit if their owners would conduct this innovative method of WeStopFear and the Simple Secure Steps for them.

Many would like to do this for their pets

And there are millions of pet owners who would be happy to do this for their beloved pets.

… but they don’t know about WeStopFear

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There are even possibly many pet owners that you know that have never heard of WeStopFear and the Simple Secure Steps to prevent or heal noise phobia, that can rob their pets of their happiness, feeling secure, their health or even lives.

You can help them and benefit yourself! Will you do that?

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A more comprehensive version of WeStopFear is in the making. It will contain several extra features that are greatly convenient.

Here is the simple offer:

If you send a special email we prepare to five (5) friends and family members who own a pet or animal (of any type that WeStopFear services), and tell them about WeStopFear, then you will get FOR FREE the following five benefits:

You get:

  1. A special audio player on the page where you can choose and  play an individual sound. There is one player for each step, playing the therapy sounds at the right volume for that step. Currently you have a player that plays all sounds randomly.
  2. Three different, handy information forms for you to write your information about locations, audio devices, audio media, volume settings, the step you are at, and other comments for you to have at hand. These are offered in simple text format and Rich Text Format (.rtf) which you can edit, (applicable for both PC and Mac), and in PDF format.
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WeStopFear individual sounds players and information forms

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In the email, there will be a special link for your friends or family members to sign up. This means that they now know about WeStopFear, and can easily start saving their pets from possible fear and phobia, and the bad consequences that can come with it. The pets and animals owned by your friends and family may have a good reason to thank you!

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