“What’s the deal with dogs and music?” It’s a common question among Pet Owners. Some report that their dogs enter a state of bliss when they listen to a favourite tune. Others say that music plunges their pooches into a spiral of leaping, barking, and manic tail-chasing.
Research suggests that, with all things being equal, dogs and music are meant to be. However, there are a number of factors that can decide whether your furry friend will enjoy a tune. Read on to find out more!
Their Bach is better than their bite
If you’re looking to soothe your dog, Mozart will trump Megadeath every time. A study conducted in the US revealed that dogs are at their most placid when listening to classical. Pop music doesn’t affect them either way, but heavy metal can have them barking much more than normal.
To further soothe the nerves of your furry friends, experts suggest songs with slower tempos and lower frequencies. In other words, choose slow-paced classical if you’re looking for a bark-free household.
Play the right music during their happy times
Choosing the right musical genre is one thing. It’s just as crucial to ensure your dog thinks happy thoughts when they hear it. The best way to achieve this is by playing the music during your pooch’s most joyful daily moments. Meal time and play time are two easy targets, but you know your dog best. If there’s a time of day that makes them happy, crank the Beethoven and build those positive associations!
Good noise over bad noise
Any Dog Owner will know that loud noises can be Kryponite for their pooch. Storms, fireworks, construction works, and vacuum cleaners can send many dogs bolting for the closet. To keep them calm in these loud moments, a little bit of classical can go a long way. It can distract them from the ruckus, and remind them of the warm associations you’ve created.
While it can be tempting to drown out the noise with music, it’s best to keep the volume moderate. Dogs have very sensitive hearing, and loud music can give them too much of a good thing.
If fireworks are being blasted nearby, mellow tunes can be used in tandem with these tips.
When they’re missing you, it’s music to their ears
As hard as it is to leave your pet for the day, it’s even harder for them to watch you leave. If you’re leaving them with a Pet Sitter, you can ease their separation anxiety by playing songs they know and love. The music will remind them of you, and they’ll find it much easier to copy with their departure. That way, you’ll return home to a happy – and cultured – doggy!