Most humans love music and can often be found singing along to their favorite tunes or cranking up the radio when a favorite song comes on the radio. But did you know that chances are your pooch is also fond of music? This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should boost the volume the next time your favorite heavy metal group comes on the radio or take Fido to your garage band rehearsals but it does mean that you and your pooch can enjoy music together.
From animal shelters to veterinary clinics, music is being used to help create a more relaxing environment for otherwise anxious and scared dogs. Because certain kinds of music can be soothing to our four-legged friends it can make them feel more at ease and less stressed out, which helps contribute to a more calming environment.
Provides a buffer
Have you ever noticed how your dog may cower in fear or run and hide under the nearest table during a thunderstorm or at the sound of fireworks? Well, the next time this happens try playing some soothing, classical music. Not only will it block out the noise of the booming thunder and the explosive bangs of the fireworks, it will help your dog feel more at ease. Keep this in mind for any other sounds that appear to upset your dog.
They have a musical preference
Believe it or not, but your dog actually prefers listening to soothing instrumental sounds like those from a harp versus the loud clang of percussion instruments. Classical musicians like Mozart are typically more to the canine palate versus what is found in trendy pop-music. Dogs also prefer sounds like those found in nature such as wind, birds or other dog’s. If you can find music combining these elements, in addition to calming classical instruments, that would truly be music to Fido’s ears!
Research suggests that dogs may actually have an innate understanding of pitch. For example if a group of wolves are howling they will all be howling in a different tone as not to interfere with each other. Similarly, dogs will also do this, which is why the howling of a dog is easily discernible when combined with a group of singing humans.