Dogs and cats hear things a bit differently than we do, but there are some fun similarities that may also give you a hand.
Pets + Music
- Dogs and cats hear things a bit differently than we do, but there are some fun similarities that may also give you a hand.
- Have a different range of frequencies.
- Different sensitivity – hunters, communicate with each other over distances. Know when someone is coming home before we do.
- Take care of our pets’ ears: What would a booming stereo sound like to a creature designed to hear mice rustling through the grass?
- Research that suggests that dogs will suffer from anxiety caused by overstimulation just like people can.
- Music may play a role in helping. Few double blind controlled studies, but some studies have suggested that pets’ internal rhythms (breathing, heartbeat, etc) will come in line with the music they hear, similar to a human response.
- Many people leave on a radio or the TV for noise for their pets when they are gone. It needs to be the right kind of noise. A separation anxiety dog who gets to listen to car chases or explosions on the TV all day? Or loud, clanging or heavy rock music?
- Do seem to also have some response to the type of music. Classical seems to be the best at calming in the few studies that have been done, and the slower tempos and simpler arrangements instead of big orchestral symphonies seem to be better as well. Heavy metal and rock were agitating and human conversation and pop music showed little response.
- Also may be an indirect link with the people around the animals. When the people are calmer, the animals are calmer.
- Lots more study needs to be done to know the full effects and any possible benefits, but for now it might be best to leave on a slow Chopin piano concerto instead of Metallica when you hit the road.
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