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2. Fear Of Noises

Definitions Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Startle, tense body language, hurries, escape or displacement behaviors when exposed to noise such as car horns, hair dryers, vacuums, banging.
  • No startle response, fear or apprehension
  • Very mild signs of concern or startle that may include:
  • Very slight change in energy (slowing down or speeding up)
  • Briefly moving away with quick return.
  • Slightly tense body language with almost immediate return to normal.
  • No concern noted with subsequent exposure.
  • Maintains work.
  • Mild signs of concern or startle that may include:
  • Mild to moderate change in energy (slowing down or speeding up)
  • Mild coping strategies of moving away or displacement sniffing.
  • Mild to moderate tense body language with rapid return to normal.
  • Returns to normal readily with support or some time to resolve stress.
  • Improves with subsequent exposures.
  • Maintains work.
  • Moderate signs of concern or startle that may include:
  • Moderate change in energy (slowing down or speeding up)
  • Moderate tense body language
  • Coping strategy of moving away slightly,
  • Release of emotional energy.
  • Up to 1 minute of habituation time.
  • Interferes with dog’s ability to maintain work without encouragement.
  • Severe signs of concern or fear reaction that may include:
  • Moderate to severe change in energy (slowing down or speeding up)
  • Very tense body language
  • Strong coping strategy of moving away.
  • Release of emotional energy.
  • Over 1 minute of habituation time despite support.
  • Does not maintain work despite encouragement
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