Taylor Brown hates to leave his dog Nala alone when he leaves the house. Now, he’s developing a way to keep his dog happy when he’s away.
You know how it gets. The dog(s) get antsy and will tear apart newspapers or toilet paper rolls, or even worse the sofa pillows, while you’re gone. It’s not that they’re being bad intentionally, they just have nothing to do or distract them. How about music, but this is special kind of music.
Brown notes, “Animals love music and just like humans, can be emotionally affected by it. However, dogs hear very differently than we do and can become easily frightened by some sounds.”
In the music Brown writes, the sounds include both audible and inaudible cues that are particularly comforting and appealing to dogs, which people can enjoy, too. You know how their ears perk up when they hear something familiar, or intriguing. This music provides a genuinely fun, positive and emotionally uplifting content for dogs. The dog will feeling the security of being loved and ideally find comfort in it while your away.
The music is on an upcoming album, “Songs For Dogs And The People Who Love Them,” and there are a few days left to help with their Kickstarter campaign to raise money to finish the project.
Brown says, “For most of us, our dogs are more than just a pet. They’re a member of our family.” He recommends that you listen to the music with your dog first. The dog can associate it with dog-friendly music and experiencing the music with their humans. Then, there’s less anxiety when the human leaves.
Taylor’s father is Dr. Kenneth D. Brown, a veterinarian who says, “We’ve known that dogs can learn new behaviors through sound association ever since Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s bell. An instinctual reflex, like salivating over food, can be triggered in dogs through a particular auditory event if that sound has been associated with a consistent and systematic experience. Songs For Dogs works in a similar way, by associating feelings of security and love with the music. Not just any music—music designed to appeal to a dog’s unique auditory abilities.”
Dr. Brown explains that dogs hear radically different than humans, and they hear frequencies nearly two octaves higher and up to four times further away. Our Dachshunds are terrified of lightning and try to hide when they hear firecrackers. They howl, duck under the covers of the bed and have mini-panic attacks. The music and familiar sounds quiet the nervous creatures.
And, it’s good for people, too, according to Dr. Brown and his son. “As fellow dog lovers, we’ve dug deep into our souls to access the most endearing and sentimental emotional indicators that bond us with our dogs,” Dr. Brown said.
The concept is simple; because a dog is unable to comprehend or decipher most of the things we say around them, and so they will just interpret most of what we tell them through the tone of our voice.
The separation anxiety in pets can increase when people work long hours. “I believe that the full power of music’s effect on all of us and the full scope of how it relates to all living organisms still remains beyond our grasp,” Taylor says.
This music provides an enjoyable and interactive solution to a problem that many pet lovers face, and it’s drug-free. Could any music do? Well, leaving the TV or radio on could frighten the dogs sometimes. This album has music mixed with familiar sounds that will perk up their attention. Taylor incorporated familiar sounds with the music:
• Squeaky toys: These favorite dog sounds take add structure and density through multi-faceted rhythmic variations and poly-syncopation.
• Inaudible frequencies: there are high pitch overtones, frequencies and harmonics that are inaudible to our ears, but lie in the audible comfort zone for your dog.
• Reduced harsh and sub-frequencies that dogs could likely associate with thunder, slamming doors or explosions.
• Comforting commands and statements: To boost your dog’s emotional state, Songs For Dogs includes positive auditory human vocal reinforcement using familiar words and phrases.
• Vocal harmonies and counter melodies: multi-layered singing with ascending.
• Distraction triggers: Common sounds that typically capture a dog’s attention that include choirs of dogs barking, howling, and singing, sirens, whistles and more.
It sounds like it may drive you crazy, but it keeps the dogs’ attention. Taylor and his father both explain it in more detail in the video.