Owners know there are few matters more stressful than trying to figure out solutions for a dog suffering from separation anxiety. There are training suggestions, animal communicators and in extreme cases medications to help quiet and relax a dog suffering with separation anxiety. A new alternative created by musician Taylor Brown is Songs For Dogs, music created to accompany, soothe and relax dogs when separated from owners.
As creator of Songs For Dogs and the People Who Love Them Brown shared, “I believe that the full power of music’s effects on all of us and the full scope of how it relates to all lifting organisms sill remains beyond our grasp.”
In order for a dog to associate Songs For Dogs with positive feelings of love and affection when away from their owner is simply enjoying the music together before there is separation. Brown feels by playing the music while home with the dog, a dog can learn to associate his dog-friendly music with the experience while with their owner listening to the music. Dogs learn and retain memories through rehearsing the same task over and over.
This positive interaction between owner and one’s four-legged best friend can help alleviate anxiety when left alone. Brown further shared, “Hospitals, nursing homes and veterinary practices are starting to acknowledge that there are measurable improvements to the healing process when certain music is played for patients. As we continue to make breakthroughs in our understanding of physics, nature and the inner workings of the universe, we find more and more reasons to believe that we, and everything around us, are connected.”
The first of its kind, original music is scientifically supported and veterinarian-recommended. There is science behind the music. Dogs can learn new behaviors through sound association ever since physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s bell experiment. 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.
- Dogs hear radically different than humans. Not only can dogs perceive frequencies nearly two octaves higher than humans, they can also hear sounds up to four times further away. Many of the panicky fits of distress and anxiety seen in dogs during lightning storms and fireworks shows are directly related to their heightened sensitivity to sound.
- Neurological studies on our canine companions have generated substantial evidence implying that the most influential factor that governs a dog’s emotional state is the human voice. By including positive human voices and familiar words in “Songs For Dog’s” music reinforces the happiness associated with tone of voice.
- Comforting, dog-friendly sounds throughout the music help engrain an association to the music with feelings and experiences a dog has acquired while listening with their owner.
- Human heart rate and brain activity naturally responds and syncs to consistent sounds and rhythms and the speed at which they occur in humans —a process called entrainment. Entrainment occurs in both humans and animals. “Songs For Dogs” has selectively calibrated the speed and substance of each song to maximize the entrainment value in a dog.
The concept is simple. Because a dog is unable to comprehend or decipher most of the things we say around them, they interpret the majority of what we tell them through the tone of voice and an owner’s body language. Music is a universal language. It has no communication barriers between dog and person, and it can serve as a new and additional means of bonding with one another.
For more information, to listen to sample selections and to read testimonials about “Songs For Dogs and The People Who Love them” visit their website. To help fund this program, donate here.
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