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Playing sounds on laptop to socialize?

Had my 8 week old pup for 3 days now. I plan to start puppy classes and taking him every ASAP, but being so young I have to hold back on letting him get out and about too much. I have been taking him out with me and my family when they go places and I wait outside, and took him into the pet store today, with him in my arms the whole time. I plan to keep doing this until he has his shots, and might go to a few markets.

As for surfaces I think I'll have that covered. Carpet, lino, tiles, concrete, grass, dirt, bark, rocks, wet floors, the bath tub etc.

But what about sounds? Is playing noises on my laptop for him useful? I've youtubed playlists for puppy socialization, and have been playing rain and storm recordings, city sounds and am currently driving myself mad with one of dogs barking.
Is this useful for a puppy to hear and get comfortable with since he can't get out much?

Any other tips for socialising him before he gets his final shots?
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I'm not sure about playing sounds - seems logical and I know there are audio collections created specifically for desensitization and counter-conditioning.

Sophia Yin has a nice socialization checklist (PDF). Ian Dunbar is a big proponent of socialization, so you can probably find information on his site, Dog Star Daily (he tends to have a very urgent, alarmist tone, so don't be put off).
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To be honest, I don't think it will help much unless you are playing it through some way above average equipment. Their ears are so sensitive and they pick up frequencies we don't so while you are hearing rain or thunder, your puppy is hearing the buzz from your micro-damaged loudspeaker or something.
I tried playing dog barks to my dogs many times and they don't even pay attention but I do believe it has a lot to do with both the recording and the equip. you use to replay the sounds with.
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I'm not sure about playing sounds - seems logical and I know there are audio collections created specifically for desensitization and counter-conditioning.

Sophia Yin has a nice socialization checklist (PDF). Ian Dunbar is a big proponent of socialization, so you can probably find information on his site, Dog Star Daily (he tends to have a very urgent, alarmist tone, so don't be put off).
Thanks, I'll check those out!!

hkvik: hmm you have a good point. I guess I won't worry too much about it. Might still play some different sounds every now and again, guess it can't hurt, but I won't rely on it much
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I've tried to use recordings to counter condition our dog to storms/gunshots/babies and he never falls for the "fake" versions. He can tell the difference. However, I have heard of some people who had success with it. It couldn't hurt to try (besides maybe give you a headache).
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I've been using soundproofing tapes since they were actually cassette tapes I have no empirical data that they are the sole reason my dogs are unphased by sound but in 30 years of GSDs I've never had a sound fearful dog Last night was Canada day so there was public fireworks less then a mile away and my 2 and 1 year olds laid on the deck chewing bones for 20 minutes like nothing was happening.
A few of my other tricks include active construction sites, always good because rarely will you find other dogs, road construction (especially with big equipment and jackhammers) . Both of these are great as you can control distance, start playing when you see your dog becoming alert and slowly get closer. Flirt poles work great for this. You'll also probably get a chance for some stranger contact as everyone wants to pet a puppy Finally a kiddie pool filled with platic pop bottles is another great sound proofing tool, throw a toy in and let your pup go searching (think child's "ball room" at some of the child oriented chain restaurant"
Lastly I know why you were holding your pet at the pet store and that's totally understandable, but for the above exercises, the less handling the better. Encouraging calm voice and play is what you want, so scary things equal fun not coddling. If that makes sense.
Good for you for this effort, you'll have a wonderfully cam and confident dog with your approach
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