On this page:
Follow these simple step-by-step directions to implement Step 1.
Below that are links to obtain the various playing media for Step 1.
Under that, are links to all relevant instructions on other instructions pages.
You don’t have access yet to the Step 2 page.
Access to the Step 2 page is given after a designated number of days has passed since you accessed the Step 1 page for the first time.
Too see when access is given to pages at the earliest, click here.
This delay, a part of the process design, is to give the dog owner the minimum number of days needed to play the sounds of Step 1, and make sure that the dog is relaxed and indifferent over the sounds. The dog owner does not have access to subsequent steps until later. This is a security measure, to make sure that it is not possible to play the sounds too loudly, too early in the therapy process.
Here are the pages you have access to now:
Prevent Fear audio CD
The Prevent Fear 5 CD dics set: Use Prevent Fear audio CD disc #2 for Step 2. Keep the other discs in the set stored away, so you won’t accidentally choose a wrong disc.
MP3 files set
If you are playing MP3 files: Play the audio MP3 files set for Step 2, (right click and download the MP3 files for Step 2, un-zip the files and place them in the MP3 audio playing device(s)).
Your own burned audio CD or data CD
If you burn your own audio CD: Use your audio CD disc for Step #2. You can use the MP3 set for Step 2 to burn your audio CD, (right click and download the MP3 files for Step 2).
Un-zip the files and burn them on your empty CD media. If the MP3 files are too long for the CD disc, you may need to pick and choose sounds.
Streaming audio through an Internet connection
If you have an Internet connected audio device, then you can stream the audio.
If you have an Internet connected audio device, then you can stream the audio from here.
Click the top player button for the Volume Anchor piano tune, to set the volume level on your audio device.
Click the middle player button to play the therapy sounds and Natural Intervals in random order.
Click the bottom player and choose the therapy sound you want to play.
Volume Anchor Piano Tune
If you haven’t written down the volume setting on your audio device, use the Volume Anchor to find the setting. Play the piano tune so that it is at a comfortable listening level. That is the correct volume setting on the audio device, in today’s location, wherever that is.
Click the play button to play the piano tune and set the volume level:
Step 2 – Play Full Set On Random
This player plays the sounds and silent Natural Intervals in random order (shuffle). Suggested length of session is 90 minutes. Then the player should have played most of the sounds. If not, then it will even out in subsequent sessions. Just hit the play button, and then go and do whatever you like, while noticing your dog’s reactions. Apart from that, WeStopFear does not require any work from you. If the playing is completely silent in the beginning, that is simply because the random player has chosen a silent Natural Interval as the first track.
The sounds are at a quite a low volume in Step 2, and are supposed to be that way.
This means that the therapy sounds are like they happen quite a distance away, although you can now hear the sounds better than in Step 1, where it was just a whisper. It should be that way here in Step 2. You should not hear the sounds loud and clear. That comes at later steps.
Click the play button to play the therapy sounds set on random:
Step 2 Track List – Choose Your Track?
The playing button above chooses the sounds randomly. If you want to focus on a specific sound or sounds, you can choose them here from this player.
Track 1 is the Volume Anchor piano tune (the single play button above) and is not included below.
Has your dog become used to the sounds at the low volume level of Step 2, and is relaxed and indifferent, in all the places where you have been playing?
You will proceed to Step 3 from there.
Other standard instructions:
How to: If you feel that you need to lower the sound volume at the start of Step #2
In Step #2, lower the sound volume by one fourth (1/4) to go half ways down towards the volume as it was in Step #1.
(The parameters for other steps are different).
Explanation: When you go from one stage to the next stage above, sometimes the step may be too wide for an extra sensitive dog. There are five CD discs/five sound file folders, meaning the playing from very low sound volume to full volume is taken in five increments. However, if you lower the sound when you have entered a new stage, so that it is lowered half ways down towards the previous stage, then you have increased the potential number of sound volume settings from five to ten steps. Most of the time that should be enough, since the sounds are heard at very different loudness levels in real life, depending on the variable distance to the phenomena in question.
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