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  • Teresa Stanczak

    February 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Flooding and comforting are two different things. Flooding in this case would be to have animals on tv for long periods of time until you no longer get response. I would not recommend it as first choice.

    Depending on what you meant by comforting them, very Frequently, “comforting” a dog by petting and talking to them can reinforce their current behavior. so if they are anxious, barking etc and you “comfort” them, you are inadvertently rewarding the exact behaviors you are trying to extinguish.

    Try working each dog separately:
    Put dog on leash, no sound but animals on tv
    Try to redirect behavior to doing basic obedience or at least looking away from tv. Reinforce relaxed behavior. As old behavior of reacting to tv fades away start to turn up volume gradually during each session.

    Keep us posted on your progress or with further questions.