Have you ever noticed how dogs respond to music? It appears that dogs feel the rhythm and harmony of music in their soul the same way that humans do. Dogs seem to relax to soft slow strains, and sometimes become agitated to loud, drum-based tunes.
Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Rehoming Centre of the National Canine Defence League in Evesham, England studied the effects of music on dogs and found this to be true. Guide Dogs for the Blind training facilities tested music specifically composed by Thomas Schoenberger to calm pets. They were sufficiently impressed to endorse the CD called Doggone Songs for use in stressful situations such as separation anxiety, injury recovery, storms, fireworks, travel, destructive behavior and aggression. This CD along with others are also touted as an aid in training. Considering that music helps memory, and stress reduction helps learning, it makes sense.
Many animal behaviourists, veterinarians, kennel keepers and even pet owners now play music for their animals. Just one of several ways to deal with anxiety, the right kind of music can reduce stress, aid relaxation and alleviate depression.
We have music playing all day here at Daycare, and some of our staff even sing and dance with the dogs!