Does your dog become agitated when the neighbor's cat walks on your lawn? Does he go nuts when the mailman makes his rounds? Do what some kennels do: Play a recording of Mozart—or some other soothing classical music—to help him calm down. Studies have shown that classical music actually has the power to relax a distressed dog. Not surprisingly, researchers have found that loud rock music can cause a dog to become stressed.
Music is also beneficial in helping with separation anxiety. Some dogs can become destructive when left home alone. Playing music that has positive associations for the dog can help him remain calm when his loved ones are away. Music has even been known to help dogs with training—when a dog is relaxed he is more susceptible to learning.
Because there is so much evidence supporting the idea that music can affect a dog's mood and help with anxiety and stress, many composers have created animal-friendly CDs. Here are some music titles you may want to try:
- Pet Ease
- Doggone Classical Music: Mozart
- While You Are Gone: Music Pets Love
- Through a Dog's Ears: Music to Calm a Canine Companion
- Sea Magic
Of course, you could simply try playing one of your own favorite classical CDs. Chances are good that your dog won't know that your Bach or Brahms recordings were originally meant for human ears.