Music that soothes the savage beast
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, 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.
Jack 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?
Note: We were not compensated to write about any of the products in this article.
Since this music helps us to stay OUT of mischief…
we’re joining the Monday Mischief Blog Hop!