Dog WellnessDOG-nitive Behavior: Why Relaxing Music for Dogs is Essential

March 5, 2021by admin

According to a 2017 study by Nature Neuroscience, human brains release a healthy ounce of dopamine (the chemical mostly associated with euphoria and cravings) when listening to happy songsin the same way that we feel sad and depressed after listening to a melancholic tune. Little did we know that music also makes a significant impact on our best pals! After all, dogs are also capable of being affected by beats and melodies, and as such,  relaxing music for dogs can be a stellar way to treat a variety of anxiety and phobias.

In this article, we have listed the most essential reasons why music therapy can be of big help to a struggling pooch. We never know how these peaceful lullabies can benefit our lovely woofers in the long run!

Dogs can experience severe anxiety

Dog anxiety

Like humans, dogs exhibit feelings of anxiety for a variety of reasons. The most common causes of anxiety are the following: (1) abandonment by owners, (2) loud explosions and noises, or (3) a prolonged life in a substandard shelter environment. They manifest this behavior by biting, barking, or even destroying objects. More on this point later.

Through the power of calming therapy sounds, dogs’ stress levels can be reduced and sleep quality can even be improved. Harp music, for instance, has been known to be a natural audible sedative for dogs. 

Dogs need music to prevent destructive behavior.

Smiling dog

When anxiety attacks don’t get prevented from the get-go, our beloved dogs could manifest some sort of destructive behavior towards people (especially strangers), objects, and fellow dogs. But unlike humans, dogs seldom destroy things because they’re angry or they need to seek revenge. Instead, they do it to get themselves out of an anxious state or as a way to vent out unnecessary stress.

Apart from adequate exercise and a nice massage, therapy music for dogs will also be beneficial to avoid these types of damaging tendencies.

Dogs have a more profound connection with music.

Dog listening to music

Humans only hear up to 20,000 Hz on average, but here’s a fun fact for you: dogs can actually hear up to 45,000 Hz, so it is natural for them to be more sensitive to noise. When dogs hear loud fireworks, phone alarms, and other screeching sounds, their instinct is to bark and be agitated.

As an effective countermeasure, soothing lullabies such as classical music can help fill a pooch’s audible environment with peace and calm. These comforting songs are commonly heard in a grooming salon, training academies, and veterinary clinics where dogs are required to be still. However, you can also use this method to alleviate negative tendencies your dog might have.

happy dog

While it is true that dogs are the ones that offer lifelong companionship and loyalty to their hoomans, they also need our genuine love and care. Human-canine relationships are strengthened when your pooch is calm, and helping it unwind with a peaceful cradle song will surely have a plethora of benefits. 

Relaxing music for dogs, when combined with exercise, training, and a healthy diet, will truly help maintain your dog’s health.

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