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  • Choose today’s place. Is it in the living room? Some other room? In the car? Outside? Get ready the audio device you use in this place. Get ready the audio for the step you are at (step 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5).
  • Either: 
    A. Start by playing the piano tune, track #1, and set the volume on the audio device so that the piano is comfortable to listen to (not very high, not very low). The piano tune is the “Volume Anchor”.
    B. Or, on the playing device, set the volume setting to what you had determined before for the piano tune, for this particular place, which you had written down.
  • Play the sounds on random setting (RND, Random or Shuffle). Now, the therapy sounds, and the silent “Natural intervals” will be played randomly, giving you silences of various lengths between the sounds.
  • As you are playing the therapy sounds for the step you are at (step 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) the therapy sounds are pre-set to the correct volume level for the step. Therefore, these are the “simple secure steps”, they are simple to  do, and they are secure because you will play the sounds at the right volume, and not accidentally too high, which could traumatize your dog, or too low which would mean that the session would be of little use.
  • Playing for 50-70 minutes a time is recommended. In that case, you will likely play all the sounds in the set. Shorter duration can be chosen, which means that you will not be playing all the sounds in the session. Thus, more sessions will be needed.
  • During the playing: Stay indifferent yourself, and never act as if something bad is happening, if your dog is stressed. Your indifference is one of the factors that teach your dog that all is okay. Don’t talk to your dog as if something special is happening, and NEVER let your dog realise that you in fact are responsible for these sounds. They should appear as if by chance. 
  • Things in your dog’s behavior to monitor:
    – Is your dog slightly uneasy?
    Good, continue.
    – Is it very distressed? Lower the volume.
    – (Rare: Is it in extreme agony and will not relax? Stop, and consult your veterinarian.)
    – Is your dog completely relaxed? Your dog has reached the goal in this place, at the step you are at.
    – Is your dog completely relaxed and doesn’t care about the noises, in all places?  This step is finished. >>>> Go to the next step.
  • If your dog is completely relaxed in all places, and you were playing the audio files/CD discs for Step 5: Congratulations! Your dog and you have finished the noise phobia therapy.
  • Future Maintenance: Remember, that you need to maintain the good success by playing the sounds once in a while, and before known events that may be stressful, like fireworks and thunderstorm season.