Thank you, Eileen, for that excellent technical explanation of music. I am just trying to do everything I can to make his hours alone as pleasant as possible. $39 per digital track or $89 per CD. She encourages your participation, believing that your voice adds greatly to its value. I’ll leave you with one very important comment made by Lori Kogan when I interviewed her about the study: It’s not just the dogs we want to think about. You also agree to our Terms of Service. It seems to soothe him, he calms down considerably. Can’t hurt, right? Once she is lying down, though, she does relax and turn off her “looking for trouble” mental state. Thanks for this info. I was very concerned that the drum, singing and constant coming and going of newcomers would be hard for her to take. Sandy too, spends most of the day very quiet, snoozing or drifting around behind me as I go about my tasks, lying down and curling up wherever I am . On another musical note: I raised a litter of puppies several years ago for which I left the radio on during the day to get them used to noises while I was at work. He usually does a lot of panting, pacing, and trying to climb all over us during the fireworks. But suprize! I’m counting the days til it arrives. Personally, I often have background noise on – TV or classical music, and haven’t noticed any difference for my anxious dogs – the value seems to be in blocking the noises from outside, rather than any response to the inside noise. One morning I didn’t bother to turn it off when I got up and began tending to the dogs. Given how much more sensitive they are to environmental factors that humans tune out as a matter of course it opens up some fascinating speculations. Another dog seemed almost as interested. Does a recording change the reverberation and depth of the tones enough on it’s own to cause the dog to have an indifferent reaction when listening to the same music as played live or are there other factors involved in a recording that a dog might hear or respond to that humans cannot hear – as opposed to the same music played live and not amplified (even though the live drum was much louder than I would ever play a recording)? When I play the violin they always leave and the cat comes and sits right by me. This went on for years, we had her until she passed, she was at least 15. Life in a household was almost constant exposure to new sounds for her. Never thought much about music and dogs, we do not play music very often, certainly not as ‘background’. I have also tried to use more soothing radio stations when I leave to go to work after reading the Through a Dog’s Ear book. So thanks for your posts but also thanks to the comments, I realised there’s no foolproof technique but it’s always worth a try. Both were on the first week away from Mama, which is a pretty traumatic time for a new pup. The third had no reaction that I could see. Kogan’s research replicates those findings (with an exception discussed below), but a conversation with Primatologist Charles Snowdon, PhD and an expert on animals and their responses to sound, reminded me of an important point. Otis does have some sounds that function as relaxation triggers, though. It brings to my mind several questions. A few days ago my dog was spooked by a loud thunderstorm. This whole discussion is fascinating…but maybe that’s because both my parents were music teachers =-). I told the owner (confessed is more like it) and she said that her friend is a jazz musician and often plays the piano at their house. Were there “fear barkers,” or mostly “demand barkers,” and was their barking contagious? But if the tracks are meant to build on each other, I wonder if I should have them play straight through. BTW the picture of your cardinal is beautiful. 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. The reverberations from the drum can be felt (by a human) for several yards at least and heard by the human ear over quite a distance (half a mile at night easily). Dogs do appreciate specific styles of music, however, contrary to what many people believe, a dog howling along with music does not represent a canine attempt to sing. From my experience the CD is effective which also leaves me confused? We play music in the kennel for the boarding dogs and in the groom room to help the dogs relax. Privacy | As soon as that cd is in, he runs to his crate & his eyes get heavy. (Argentijnse Dog) besloten we in 1993 een puppy te nemen. Although my rescue dog has separation anxiety and generally follows me round the house like a shadow, if I put on some metal she will sometimes go into another room, as if to get away from it. Required fields are marked *. Find top songs and albums by Cool Dogs in the Kennel including Carolina, Good Morning and more. Classical music helps dogs spend more time sleeping and less time barking when they're housed in kennels or temporary accommodation, new research claims. 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. These are of course, only  anecdotal reports, but all of our observations can still be extremely valuable. I haven’t noticed that she reacts at all to guitar music being played on the radio or CDs. The Dog Kennel. I don’t often get a chance to compare notes on this. If I play that artist’s music when she’s a bit anxious, it calms her right down (less so during thunder storms, but that’s another matter). We rely on readers like you to uphold a free press. Facebook is showing information to help you better understand the purpose of a Page. With my own dogs it also seems to help a bit, though they are not reactive, nor do they have separation anxiety. Here’s what we do know for sure: Some kinds of music or other sounds do indeed seem to have a positive effect on kenneled dogs, especially sounds with long, extended notes, pure tones and relatively slow tempos. Patricia is known the world over for her clear and engaging. 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. Did the length of the tone make the difference between a sound she found so soothing that she would fall asleep and a shorter tone that had no relaxing effect? So I feel it did help him. Eric Satie is classical piano music, and as much as I enjoy it at times, it’s about as calming as a dental drill! Dogs seem to vary as much as people. Knowing I was going to spend a week in the hotel room I loaded the three TADE cds onto my ipod. We were rehearsing a brand new piece by an avant-garde composer who was going to be in attendance. I think it is the combination of the ‘white noise’ and the low-tone vibration that calms, relaxes, and sends him off to Dreamland. For the next pup, I might branch out to full orchestrations. I also recall that a teacher of mine had a theory that humans can really appreciate only two out of the three great art forms – visual art, music and literature – and which two varies from one to another. So in the category of easier said than done, I hope we someday have a better understanding of not only the types of animals most influenced by certain types of sounds, but also of the circumstances most likely to facilitate a positive effect. Primarily to try and block out sounds that might make our very noise-sensitive dog bark or get anxious. 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. Gina, my lab girl, has a reputation for not being able to give up control, which means she is not exactly cooperating during her physiotherapy sessions. I love how many people admit that it calms, them, too — I am not alone ;-). Contact Us | I work in Surgery, so my day is generally filled with a lot of noise (it really is a loud environment, lots of background noise). Her reactions never changed much after the first few months. Fascinating comments here. I love all these observations. I just recently used Volume 1 of “Through a Dog’s Ear” cd on New Year’s Eve. Also important was the fact that although I am not a fan of classical music it was easy music for me to sleep to. Leave it to some monkeys to emphasize that point for us . The piano would be one of the last instruments I would choose to produce a “long, soothing tone.”. Hope you are enjoying the work you do and getting to expand on this important research area – we definitely need help understanding our furry friends better! I recently read an interesting study about the effect of different types of music on kenneled dogs. Or practice sessions were usually about two hours long. One is called, “Sleep”, and it has beta waves mixed in with the music and water sounds. Here’s a link to samples of the modified music. I play them for my dog during the long hours I am away at work. Yet to Julia it’s like a dental drill–so interesting. With repeated exposure she lost her rapt fascination with the guitar but when he practices she will join him in that room. In another study, Wells found no observable changes in behavior in shelter dogs listening to human speech, “pop music” or no music, but increases in resting postures and decreased barking to “classical music,” while heavy metal music elicited increased barking and rising to a stand (2000, 2002, Applied Animal Behavior Science). BMS Dog Pen Dog Fence Dog House Playpen Outdoor Camping Large Heavy Duty Dog Crate Kennel Cage with Reversibel Cover,4 x 4 x 4.3/7.5 x 3.75 x 5.8Feet 4.2 out of 5 stars 233 $142.99 $ 142 . I can agree with about 98.3% of your opinions. I loaded them into my car and turned on the carefully-chosen CD I’d brought along to help them be calm–Baroque cello music. Helping your canine friend unwind begins with what you're listening to on the radio. I wonder how much volume plays a role in this? I don’t find piano music particularly soothing, no matter from what compositional period. She was very,very skittish and it took a couple of weeks of feeding at a distance and closing the distance until she was comfortable enough to adopt us. How powerful and what effect is fascinating, but clearly, it worked for this dog. He’d give up on his dinner at the slightest provocation including: 1) if we left the room or 2) if we looked at him too steadily, too intently, or if we took a step toward him. I know Satie intended it to be what he called, ‘musical wallpaper’. It would be interesting to see if the full cd was played if the results would be different. 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