Online Resources


  • Far and away the two most helpful Facebook groups have been Fearful Dogs and Reactive Dogs. The latter is based on the CARE protocol.

Websites and blogs


Karen Overall states that the field of canine noise sensitivity is under-researched; that we in fact know very little about it:


1) “Genetic mapping of canine fear and aggression,” in BMC Genomics (8 August 2016)

Results: “We found that i) known IGF1 and HMGA2 loci variants for small body size are associated with separation anxiety, touch-sensitivity, owner directed aggression and dog rivalry; and ii) two loci, between GNAT3 and CD36 on chr18, and near IGSF1 on chrX, are associated with several traits, including touch-sensitivity, non-social fear, and fear and aggression that are directed toward unfamiliar dogs and humans.”

2) “A prospective study of two self-help CD based desensitization and counter-conditioning programmes with the use of Dog Appeasing Pheromone for the treatment of firework fears in dogs (Canis familiaris),” by Emily D. Levine, Daniela Ramos, Daniel S. Mills, Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lincoln, Riseholme Park, Lincoln LN2 2LG, UK. Available online 8 December 2006

3) An article on some of the new thinking of brain biology and depression/suicide as relates to humans. Toronto Star, April 10, 2016