- Pets and Animals
Music for Dogs
You might have heard about different types of music causing plants to grow differently, but did you know that many companies are now producing music and albums specifically designed to relax dogs?
I suspect it's a result of people treating their dogs more and more like children, since we've been exposing children to music at an early age (the earlier the better, we seem to believe) for many years. We want our dogs to be, not only comfortable, but happy, and because music is such a part of us as humans, we want to share that with them.
And as dog owners became interested in this as a genre of music, behaviorists and other professionals who study dogs have sought to find the best music for dogs, the music that most dogs tend to enjoy more than any other music.
It might all sound silly to you, but I've heard for years of people leaving the TV or radio on for their dog when they leave. So why not leave on something that your dog will truly enjoy?
The songs on these CDs are specifically chosen to calm dogs down. This makes them especially suited for places where dogs (and cats) are extremely stressed like boarding kennels, veterinary offices, and shelters.
The music encourages their hearts to slow down if they're beating too fast and even to go to sleep. This is especially important at vets' offices; how is a dog meant to heal if he can't even calm down long enough to sleep?
For other behavioral problems like separation anxiety, many pet owners might be interested in these specially collected albums just to play them at home. I'm sure they'd be even more effective if your dog associates the songs on that album with bedtime or cuddling, so you should occasionally put it on during a relaxing time while you're home. It's a natural way to alleviate stress in your animal.
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Of course, you don't have to spend extra money to buy one of these "specially formulated" albums of dog songs. If you have any albums of quiet or otherwise soothing music, chances are your dog will enjoy them, too.
But if you're interested in buying a CD just for your dog, there are plenty of people out there making them!