Music that soothes the savage beast

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We’ve been working with a new trainer lately, getting Jack a little more sociable with strangers and she introduced us to Through a Dog’s Ear,cd_calm_companion Music to Calm you Canine Companion. Now, many of you may have heard about this, may even use it with your dog but it was new to me.

We’ve only been using it for a few weeks, but it really seems to be helping. What I like best about it is there seems to be some real scientific research behind it that demonstrates that indeed does work. There’s a couple of different volumes – we just have volume 1, but I may consider getting others so that we have more variety.

The work is based on previous research which showed that classical music reduces anxiety and barking in dogs in shelter environments. They introduce the concept of Bioacoustics to refine the tones & tempos of the classical music for optimum effect. They explain all of this on their website, so I’m not going into the details. I’m here only to report on our experience, which has been pretty interesting.

dogs+musicJack reacts to strangers, and he doesn’t like them coming into his home – great for security, not so great for guests. Our cleaning ladies come on Wednesdays and it’s always a little stressful for Jack. This past Wednesday morning, after we came back from our run, I started playing the music. Jack and Maggie fell right to sleep in their beds and when the cleaners came in, there was no barking or carrying on, they just kind of lifted their heads, noted she was here and nodded back off. Quite different than the ruckus they usually offer up.  I’m going to keep working with it and will report back.

It’s supposed to be useful for dealing with separation anxiety, anxiety related to noise like thunderstorms or firecrackers and anxiety with strangers. If you have one of those issues with your dog, you might check it out. The music is nice for humans too.

Do any of you already own/use this music? What has your experience been like?

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  1. We’ve used these and think they’re terrific! I have the puppy and senior dog CDs, but would like to get some more for variety. My professional trainer pals recommend them too.
    Your pals,
    Diane and Rocco
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  2. We have the exact same issue with Rita – she reacts to strangers, especially men, which is great for feeling safe in the house, but a real bummer when we try to have someone over. I’m definitely going to check this out! Thanks for the tip!
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  3. I’ve heard of classical music being used in shelters and think that’s great. (They should all use it!) Kelly tends to get a little stressed around other dogs, but mostly outside of the home. Think I could buy her doggy ear buds?
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    • Interesting idea…

  4. What a great idea. Moms going to get me some music.

  5. Not classical, but we have always had a radio with music playing for our doggies when we are not home. If we travel with them we always leave the tv on in the room for them if we have to step out. Nothing loud, just on low. When we have brought pups home we also have a radio on at night for them. It helps them to relax.
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  6. Woof! Woof! I LOVE the “Secret Garden” CD’s. It is always played in my house. Calming the aura in our home and it helps me when resting (after being outdoor). Also, mom always burn lavender scents (candle/oil). Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
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  7. Hi Guys,

    Never heard of this CD before, I think my Mum will check it out for sure! I like a little classical music 🙂

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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    • Hope you like it Snoop.

  8. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!? I am going to HAVE to try this. My barkers make me INSANE. Thank you!
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    • Good luck, let me know how it goes!

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