June 10, 2024

#80 - Eileen Anderson: Understanding Sound Sensitivities & Phobias

In this week’s interview episode, we’re joined by Eileen Anderson. Eileen does an outstanding job of striving for accuracy while making space for personal experience and anecdotal evidence. Eileen brings expertise in music, sound and acoustics to the dog training world.
In this week’s episode you’ll hear Emily and Eileen talk about:
  • When it comes to sound sensitivity, volume isn’t everything
  • Ad hoc counterconditioning can be effective 
  • Why Morgan Freeman is good for dogs
  • Stay ahead of the pain, stay ahead of the panic

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Meet the Guest

Eileen Anderson

Eileen Anderson (she/her) writes about her life with dogs with a focus on training with positive reinforcement and has authored two books. 


Her book on canine cognitive dysfunction, Remember Me?, won a Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America in 2017. She has written for Clean Run, Whole Dog Journal, the IAABC Journal, and BARKS from the Guild. Her articles, training videos, and photos of dog body language have been incorporated into curricula worldwide. 


Eileen has worked professionally as an academic editor, an orchestral and ensemble musician, a network and database administrator, a college math instructor, a bookkeeper, a grant writer, a social work caseworker, and a trainer of computer skills. She has a long-standing interest in making technology accessible to women, people with limited literacy skills, and other under-served populations.

She holds master’s degrees in both music performance and engineering science (acoustics). She has recently brought her expertise in music, sound, and acoustics to the dog training and behavior world.

Meet the Hosts

Allie pic with Oso

Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

Allie Bender is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed, and a Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 2006 and professionally training since 2012. She is the founder and co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker.

While in the animal sheltering industry, Allie realized that her passion lied in helping pets with maladaptive behaviors. Specifically, she wanted to help prevent animals with rehabilitatable problems from being euthanized. She loves working with dogs and cats displaying stranger danger, resource guarding, and leash reactivity. Her favorite thing about working with pets and their people is seeing relationships grow and seeing harmonious households develop.


Emily Strong, CDBC, SBA

Emily Strong is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 1990 and has been a behavior consultant since 2008. She is the co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker. 

Emily started working with animals at a young age and struggled with the notion that you have to hurt, scare, or intimidate animals to help them. When she discovered the behavior sciences and learned that it wasn’t necessary to do so– that we can care for emotional, mental, and physical health simultaneously– she plunged headfirst into animal behavior. Emily loves helping current and prospective behavior professionals and working with pet parents through our in-depth services. She enjoys working with all species.

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