Effects of Music on the Other Side of the Leash

Dogs can mean a lot to their owners. A lot of owners spends much for their dogs to make them feel comfortable and to look good. However, there are moments when no matter how we try to make our dogs comfortable they can get anxious by triggers in their environment.

Recently, studies were made to understand better man’s best friend. These studies were aimed to get to know our dear dogs a little better. One of these studies made was about the effect of music to our friends on the other side of the leash.

Relaxing Music

According to Wells

A study conducted by Wells on music and its effect on dogs reveals that when listening to human speech, dogs weren’t affected and with pop music no observable changes in their behaviours are found. However, while listening to relaxing music, there was an increase in resting postures and decreased barking but a significant increase in barking and rising to stand was noted with metal music.

On dogs, songs with longer notes produce calming effect while pure notes and regular rhythms stimulates dog to growl. Also, a tempo that matches an animal’s resting heart rate can actually be calming.

According to Kogan, Schoenfeld-Tacher and Simon

Kogan, Schoenfeld-Tacher and Simon studied the “Behavioural effect of auditory stimulation on Kenneled dogs”. This involves using different types of music to determine the effects it has on dogs. The results found that heavy metal music can cause an increase in body shaking and tremble among dogs and relaxing music increases the amount of time that dogs spend in sleeping.

Two pilot studies were made to conduct this research. Pilot 1 was done to see the efficacy of external rhythm and identify the patter on dogs in a kennel and home environment. Results show that 70 percent of the dogs became calmer when exposed to relaxing music with 50 to 60 beats per minute.

Pilot 2 was made to determine the effect of music in anxiety issues that every dog undergoes such as thunderstorms, fireworks and fear of separation. In the study they used ten dogs who suffer from anxiety due to other dogs or children, visitors in the home environment, riding in the car, excessive need for attention and separation. It was later concluded that music with a slower tempo and simpler arrangements and sounds is very effective in reducing anxiety in the ten dogs that were tested.

All in all, a relaxing music stimulates a calmer mood in dogs as it is with humans. It seems to touch a part of the dog’s brain that reduces anxiety, confusion and even pain. We can see that sounds with long, extended notes, pure tones and slow tempos appears to have a positive effect on dogs as they exhibited calmer and assumed a more relaxed position.

In conclusion, as the dogs suffer from anxiety as us humans go through, relaxing music is very helpful and can create wonders in soothing our canine friends. Like in humans, it seems that music can help create a mood of relaxation despite being in the midst of something that can trigger anxiety.