Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

The answer to this question really depends on the personal preferences of each pet owner.

There have been many noise phobia therapy solutions introduced into the market. All of them work if they are used correctly. There are many solutions for dogs, and at least one solution for cats and horses. There have probably not been solutions offered before for the other types of pets, i.e. pet birds, small mammals and exotic pets.

The goal with the development of the WeStopFear is to offer process steps and general solution that have the benefits that are outlined above, i.e. to be simpler, safer, easier, more natural, more bearable, etc.

The innovations, how they work, and how they are different from previous solutions, is described, among them here and here.

I would like to see WeStopFear as the kind of innovation that electric cooking stoves and ovens were in people's kitchen, or automatic transmission in cars.

Before electric, cookers and ovens were mostly heated with coal, wood, or gas. Most people think that electric stoves and ovens are easier to use, where you only have to turn a knob, and more secure. but there are people who do want to use for instance coal or wood to cook as the standard method, for instance some restaurants.

Before automatic transmissions, the gearshift in cars was manual, where you have to step on the clutch and gas, and move the stick to shift gears. Many people think that driving a car with an automatic transmission is easier, and prefer that. Still, there are people who want to drive cars with a manual transmission. That is for instance often the case for sports cars. But they are fewer than the others, main stream car drivers.

Likewise, it may be that some prefer the conventional way in noise phobia therapy. It's a question of personal choice and that is okay. But I personally believe that the majority would prefer the new Simple Secure Steps process design, and find it easier, simpler and safer. They would thus conclude that the Simple Secure Steps process is better.

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No, it is not possible to promise a 100% success. This means that out of a group of pet owners that do this, some may not be free from these problems, while others will enjoy a safe and fearless life.

Success in this is dependent on several factors. There are six factors defined on this chart on the image below. Five of the factors are out of WeStopFear's range to manage. One of the factors is the WeStopFear solution.

The six factors of success are further explained inside the member's therapy area for each type of pet or animal.

Thus, it is not possible to promise success in this.

WeStopFear Six factors of success - dogs

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That is a good question. To begin with, roughly around half of pets and animals may possibly have some problems  with unknown, unnatural and uncomfortable noises, from mild to serious. Around 20% may have serious problems, and around 2% may suffer in the most serious and harmful way. This problem can arise at any age.

In addition, up to 80% of horses have signs of stress or more severe fear over fireworks.

This means that the other part of pets and horses will not experience problems.

The point is, that you never know beforehand which group your pet is in. Will your pet or animal be free of these problems, or will problems will develop should the animal be facing an unfavorable noise situation?

If you do noise phobia therapy, and your pet is free from these problems, is it because the therapy was working, or is it because your pet wasn't sensitive to this in the first place?

You don't know that really.

If you decide you will not do noise phobia therapy, will your pet have problems during its life? You don't know that either.

Doing noise phobia therapy to prevent a possible problem in the future, preferably from young age but also at any age, is a prudent and responsible thing to do for your pet, just like many other things that people see as being a natural thing to do.

This is in many ways similar to when you leave your home for the day, you make sure that all windows are closed, and doors are closed and locked. Should a burglar come during the day, ensuring this will reduce the likelihood of burglary. People don't generally leave all windows open and doors unlocked or even open. If someone leaves the windows open and doors unlocked, will there be burglary during that day? That is unknown. If someone has left windows open and doors unlocked, and at the end of the day the person returns and no burglar has broken in, was it okay not to lock the doors? Would it have been a mistake to lock the doors and close windows, since it turned out that no one broke into the house during that day? Few people will probably think in that way.

Doing noise phobia therapy to prevent possible problems is like locking the door to prevent the "burglar" noise fear or noise phobia to enter the "house" of your pet.

If your pet or animal has these problems, then it is imperative to do this. However, a 100% success can never be promised, because there are several things that can affect the success, and only one of them revolves around the noise phobia therapy solution itself, as is further explained in the box next above this one, "Is 100% success certain?"

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Extensive research has been done throughout the years and even decades on noise phobia therapy, desensitization and habituation, to prove it's effectiveness to prevent or cure these problems in pets and animals (horses for instance). This is for instance mentioned here, where it says "Desensitization and habituation methods have been widely studied (Watts, 1971; Watts, 1979 & Lader, 1968) and are proven to be effective in the management of behavioral problems in animals.".

WeStopFear is basically a noise phobia therapy, and the animal has a similar experience from WeStopFear and other conventional solutions that have been available before. The difference is in the Natural Intervals that add silences of random length between the therapy noises, to make the process more natural and more bearable, (in real life, these noises don't appear in a constant succession, one after the other, and therefore the Natural Intervals were developed to better imitate reality).

The WeStopFear solution, i.e. the structural innovations in the process design, or the steps that users need to implement to deliver the noise phobia therapy to the animal, has not been clinically tested. The innovations are mostly based on logical thinking and common sense, as is described above.

It would be interesting to have the method tested by professionals or scientists. Results from such tests will surely be posted here on the website if and when that happens.

However, here it is necessary to understand what should be tested and what not. For instance, the sound files themselves that are used here are not a fixed part of the system. If someone concludes that a sound file is not of a sufficient quality, then it is easy to remove the sound file and add another one, should a better sound file be available.

What the system is about is largely the organization and process design, how the therapy process is conducted, and how sound files with different inherent loudness or volume level are prepared and made available successively during the process, i.e. where the handler has access to very low loudness levels at the start, and has access to full loudness levels only after some time has passed and the handler has gone through the first steps where lower loudness levels are available.

Also, the success level of doing this is based on various factors, as you can read more about in the FAQ item above "Is 100% success certain?"

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The WeStopFear solution is a self-serve solution. The extensive instructions, along with the five step system with timed access, should be enough to guide the user to do this correctly.

Managing the process it to a large extent based on the user choosing the locations and using the best audio playback devices that the user has access to, with capable loudspeakers, and also based on the user knowing and monitoring the progress with its pets or horse. This is something that cannot really be built into the WeStopFear solution.

To maximize the likelihood that the user will do this correctly and successfully, the utmost care has been put into letting the solution be as well developed and the instructions to be as comprehensive as possible, and there will be continuous development on that, as much as is possible regarding time and economic restraints.

If the user believes that something might be added, the user can contact WeStopFear and describe the suggested addition. If the addition is deemed to be vaild and realistical, then WeStopFear will developed and added to the system.

A solution of offering personal support and one-on-one coaching for an additional fee is under consideration and will be introduced  should that decision be made.

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WeStopFear actually requires very little information from its users.

The registered member doing the Basic (Free) program only needs to submit a first name, and an email address, that the member is regularly checking. The system monitors what pet- or horse-type solution the member starts, and manages the member's access to the different steps, from Step 1 to Step 5 and onto the ongoing Maintain Success phase. This is done to ensure that the pet and horse progresses correctly through the program. These information have nothing to do with the human owner.

The paid programs (More, Advanced and Full Care) are managed by our partner Clickbank, which is the world's largest, oldest and probably most respected payment processing platform for digital services. The member registers on Clickbank through the sales page, and submits its information there. The only information that WeStopFear receives is that a member with a particular email address is a paying member. WeStopFear has no access to any information about billing address, or payment details.

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No. We cannot have people logged in and using the system, without having their email and acceptance that we can contact all our users. So being on the email list is a prerequisite for using the solution.

Users will receive reminders and encouragement, both when using the solution for the first time and also in the future during the maintenance, which should preferably continue throughout the life of the pet. These maintenance reminder emails will be sent as long as WeStopFear is operational.

Along with reminders and encouragements, the emails may also contain helpful information, special offers and discount codes, so receiving the emails has great benefits too.

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We offer our users the possibility of telling their pet and animal owning friends about WeStopFear. By this they are helping other pets and animals, as many pet owners would undoubtedly like to do noise phobia therapy for their pets, but they don't know about the method.

By learning about this problem and solutions to it, other pet and horse owners can investigate the issue and decide if they want to do this as well for their pet or horse.

In return for doing this, the users who inform their pet- and horse owning friends receive certain benefits: Access to specially prepared information forms, to write down notes about the process.

So those who don't send "tell about" notifications to people they know who are pet or animal owners, will not receive the benefits.

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Choose your pet type or horse solution introduction:

Dogs, outdoor catsindoor cats, horses, pet birds, small mammals, exotic pets, various types of pets.

(Small mammals include rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. Exotic pets include chinchilla, degu, fancy mice, fancy rats, fennec fox, ferret, gerbils, hedgehog, sugarglider and pot-bellied pig. Various types of pets are any solutions combination excluding horses.)

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