Our drum was about 3 feet in diameter and very loud, but had a deep rich tone and our beats and songs usually mimic the human heart beat. In november I had to travel again to have my other dog get specialized spine surgery and my vizsla girl travelled with me. Like people dogs simply have different “taste” in music? The authors’ goal was to determine if different types of music, as has been reported in other species, had different types of effects on dogs, and the results indeed confirmed that this was true. that’s always been my belief with dogs.” It has just been a gut feeling of mine, but I have never heard of any studies verifying it, nor I have heard of any followups on the babies/ classical music idea. We also know, from Snowdon’s research, that we need to look at the acoustic range and vocal repertoire of each species before we make too many assumptions about what kind of sounds have what effect. I am not a singer by any stretch of the imagination, but when I had a very disoriented and anxious senior dog in the pool the other day (she’s suffering from many ailments the latest a bout with vestibular disease and possible dementia), I gave it a try. I think pitch has a lot to do with it. The particular piece of music used in the study was a section of Music to Calm Your Canine  Companion, music included in the book Through a Dog’s Ear. I was wondering about your thoughts on the selections. See our, Read a limited number of articles each month, You consent to the use of cookies and tracking by us and third parties to provide you with personalized ads, Unlimited access to washingtonpost.com on any device, Unlimited access to all Washington Post apps, No on-site advertising or third-party ad tracking. I can agree with about 98.3% of your opinions. But I applaud anyone who is seeking to make an environment more soothing for dogs, and I get it that the findings of this kind of study might have immediate practical application. I have loads of natural sound CDs, some with music to back up the recorded sounds and some without. Required fields are marked *. Anyway, our dog also seems to be calmed by Gregorian Chant, and other slow and soothing classical music. Many pet owners leave their home radios playing all day for the listening pleasure of their dogs and cats. I’m sorry to say that I haven’t yet heard, Through A Dog’s Ear, but I do have definite opinions on the subject of music for dogs. Since I didn’t have any baseline data – I played it from the very first night – I couldn’t say if it helped the pup, but I found it very relaxing so I kept it on for both of us. For the next day or two she continued to pace and tremble even inside the house, her ears perked up to any and all noises from outside. Since that dog, the best dog in the whole world, died, the music that was playing so often during his puppy years is too sad and strong for us. I guess it’s a lot like people, some of us are fine with things that might devastate others. A key question for any study is “has it been replicated?” That takes nothing away from the authors which sound like they did some great work. If they like rock music, they say their dog prefers rock.\" The dog I sang to needed lower tones, but not too low. With NPR, the country station, and the pop station, I noticed little difference in the behavior of the pups when I came home from work, but when I left the radio tuned to the Spanish music station, which also had very animated DJs, I found that the puppies were very wound up by the time I got home from work. A sound comment (that might help Daniel): I haven’t played music specifically for my service dog so haven’t noticed any pro or con reaction on his part. My approach has not been scientific but I have continued to to use both CD’s as indicated & they do appear to put him a better state of mind, so to speak. These are of course, only  anecdotal reports, but all of our observations can still be extremely valuable. My reactive BC is amazingly non-reactive to sound. Light Thoughtful kennel design allows dogs to make choices about where they want to be at any given moment. Otis does have some sounds that function as relaxation triggers, though. He stayed calm mostly through the night. Patricia B. McConnell, PhD, CAAB Emeritus is an applied animal behaviorist who has been working with, studying, and writing about dogs for over twenty-five years. Now, I confess, I’m not very good at either but I don’t think I’m all that bad. We live out in the country and have quite a few dogs (rescues or inherited). Privacy | I do notice that Spot reacts to ‘it’s getting spooky” music when I am watching films or detective series but that might be because of my response?? Shipping | I would love to see some research like Dr. Snowdon’s done for dogs. Surprisingly she doesn’t seem bothered by this but I am very worried about long term effects – are we harming her physically? It seems to soothe him, he calms down considerably. Both Fur Elise and the Moonlight Sonata have consonant arpeggios and fairly slow harmonic changes at the normal tempo. Though I can’t say with any authority what bedtime would be like without this music, my gut feeling is that they perceive the music as a signal that it’s time to go to sleep and that it also helps them relax. This is the cd I use in Fearful Dog Class Baroque for Beauty Sleep – Sweet Dreams for Beautiful Dreamers by Philips I just preferred it myself. A musician in Florida name Michael Tyrrell has done extensive research in frequency response. For example, during the presentation of “classical music,” (Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata, Blue Danube Waltz & Air on a G String) the dogs were observed sleeping 3.7 to 6.0 % of the time. I love the stories of dogs leaving the room (like some of Elizabeth’s) or barking (like Pito) or calming down to We Shall Overcome like Gretchen’s client. I also have tried “Through a Dog’s Ear” cds and have not noticed any effect. . Thank you for this. I played the Through a Dog’s Ear for my GSD several times and every time he got up and left the room. The music (all piano played by musician Lisa Spector) is modified from “classical” pieces that follow the criteria above, so why wouldn’t it be equally effective at soothing the dogs who heard it? The boot camp in kennel dog training program teaches the dog to … De kennel naam werd Dogo Argentino Kennel:” Del Grande Casador Branco” wat wij een mooie naam vonden een naam met een Spaans tintje. If the selections were the same pieces, I think we would have been able to compare the simplified, less beats per minute song to the original song and have a better opportunity to understand, beyond the TADE pilot study, if modified the songs make a difference. Scent, almost certainly, especially if it included appreciation of food. I was not looking for a different reaction per-say. Melissa, yay for you for being concerned about your dog’s well being. (He’s improving greatly, btw.) I used to leave on the radio instead: either NPR or a country music station. I wonder about how things like the time of day the music was played (relative down time vs. active) affected the results of study. By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. The main thing I have observed is that my dogs do seem to dislike heavy metal. WASILLA, ALASKA - MARCH 2, 2007: Dog house at Happy Trails Kennel, and the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser Dog-kennel dachshund puppies day. The first run was on a portable speaker system and Tuesday I used the surround setup in the living room – which also gave the bass-lines of ‘my playlist’ a better setup. Thank god for forgivig neighbours because I have no idea how to ‘unlearn’ this. He has created music around these calming and healing frequencies. Kogan refers to “classical music” as resulting in more frequent observations of dog sleeping, but as Dr. Snowdon reminded me, “classical music”  includes a broad range of pieces, from soothing selections like “Moonlight Sonata” (one of the pieces played to the dogs in Kogan’s study) to the 1812 Overture, which one would hardly describe as “soothing,” at least not to humans. But if my husband will be gone for several hours, I sure don’t want to sing that whole time! I’m still trying to watch and learn about the whole subject, as it relates to my dogs. I believe it has to do with the fact that notes played by a piano cannot be sustained, and so what I think of as the, ‘om’, effect doesn’t happen. Kathy, I have loved the Enya music for chilling out so I will add that to my selection and see how it works. I was mortified. And we leave a mainstream radio station on when we go out! Perhaps! Next physiotherapy was scheduled for Tuesday morning, roughly an hour before I started playing my music and this time the boys fell asleep with me on the couch and Gina stayed close and relaxed too. A few days ago my dog was spooked by a loud thunderstorm. All this makes me wonder how much it is the vibrations that matter rather than the actual tone. It would be great to be able to separate out the variables and find out exactly what dogs may find attractive in sound and music, rather than jumping into entire pieces of Western music. The new European data protection law requires us to inform you of the following before you use our website: We use cookies and other technologies to customize your experience, perform analytics and deliver personalized advertising on our sites, apps and newsletters and across the Internet based on your interests. She was wide-eyed, cocking her head repeatedly and pricking up her ears. I have noticed this effect with some of the TADE pieces. If you instead compared reactions to playing, say, Peter Paul and Mary vs Stockhausen, I don’t think the classical music would fare so well. In the early 90’s I started singing on a Kiowa drum. I had two of them. I’m not sure if it was the music itself calming her ( it calmed me as well) or the fact that the kids were harder to hear. It also puts me to sleep. Regarding this conclusion: ‘ “psychoacoustically designed” music, a piano piece specifically designed to calm dogs, resulted in no statistically significant change in behavior from silence.’, I wonder what exactly is meant by “silence”. Washing dishes, for whatever reason, did not spook him, so I started saving up the day’s dishes to do while Mr.PickyPants ate his meals. Oh yes, as I saw her calm down, I remembered that my previous dog always seemed to calm down when I sat down to play piano. Everything was going well and Pito’s presence had been forgotten, until we reached a part of the music where all of us in the chamber group were supposed to play what are called harmonics.

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