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Caissie Canine Instruction: The Music Effect

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful Old English Sheepdog named Ruff.

Ruff is 2 years 4 months old and seems to never stop growing. Our other dog is Cocoa. She is a Polish Lowland Sheepdog and is 10 years old. I would recommend to anyone thinking of getting a second dog to not wait. Our dogs have a large age difference, and it took almost 2 years for Cocoa to accept Ruff into the family. Cocoa is laid back and a very independent dog, almost like a cat.

Ruff is totally dependent. He follows us around to the point where you are almost tripping over him. You could be in the shower and look through the glass door and there he is staring at you. He is a very anxious dog. Trying to get him into a new situation, such as getting him into the car for the first few times was almost impossible. We had to use Cocoa as an example to show him not to be afraid.

When we are watching T.V. on the couch he likes to jump up and lie beside you. He is a very affectionate boy. Ruff is also very playful but because of his size most dogs are afraid of him. He doesn’t realize how large he is, as he tends to knock over the other dogs. Ruff loves playing tug-of-war but with his size, strength, and my age it can be challenging. With Paul’s help his walking and social skills are getting better and better.

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue

Scientific studies have proven that music can affect brain waves, heart and breathing rates, and even reduce anxiety levels in humans. Well, can this have the same effect on K9’s?

There has been published journals written about the effects of music amongst different species of animals.

Animal shelters have now implemented the music effect within their facilities. What they have discovered is that classical music may increase the amount of time that dogs sleep and/or rest. Long, slow continuous sounds tend to decrease activity levels in dogs.

However, this changes with cats. Cats prefer music that is a pitch one octave higher than people and, in a tempo, based on purring. LOL. Cats mostly ignore classical music.

Experts say that music therapy allows animals to feel safe, helps with anxieties, and can also help with chronic pain and recovery.

It is recommended to choose music that has a calm rhythm and to keep the music at a lower volume. Experts recommend Mozart and Beethoven. Reggae has started to be introduced as well, for the softer sound and steady beat.

Spotify has now created playlists especially for cats and dogs. These playlists may help your K9 relax, sleep better, may also help some dogs with separation anxiety and fireworks.

It is worth a try. P.S. Jaxon and Daisy love Country. LOL.

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