What music you should be playing your dog to lower their anxiety

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  • Music is a dog's best friend apparently

    Words by Michael Tyrrell

    Whether you are a cat or a dog person, we can all agree that our pets become an extension of ourselves, right? We share an unconditional loving bond with them and in turn, we want them to have the best lives ever. After all, dogs are even smarter than we thought

    In fact, they even suffer anxiety like us too, with one of the most common things vets see pets suffering with today being anxiety.

    While mental health issues still hold a stigma in society today, it is rarely talked about when it concerns our pets.

    Cats and dogs can suffer from separation anxiety, loneliness and fear from fireworks, thunder storms and other loud noises.

    Sound is measured by vibrations, and the number of vibrations a sound produces is called frequency measurable in hertz. Dogs and cats have very acute hearing and are able to hear sounds that are deaf to the human ears. They can even experience noise phobias that can throw them into a panic, which can lead to digging through carpet, jumping through windows and getting stuck under furniture.

    So, basically, certain frequencies generated by storms, construction or other sounds, can cause temporary anxiety or panic from these noise phobias.

    However, certain frequencies and pieces of music have a profoundly positive effect on the central nervous system of both people and their pets to help ease the effects of anxiety.

    Whether it is separation anxiety or noise phobias, many pet owners have expressed incredible results when playing classical music, soft string instruments and acoustic melodies for their pets either during storms or while they are away.

    Playing classical tracks such as ‘Requiem’ by Mozart, ‘The Approaching Night’ by Phillip Wesley, or ‘The Open Door’ featured on Wholetones, for your pet can significantly decrease their anxiety, whether it’s being caused by loud noises or leaving them at home alone for extended periods of time.

    It’s best to turn on the music before the storm or fireworks begins. Additionally, many pet owners have reported that when they left the music playing while they were at work, when they returned home, their dog no longer exhibited symptoms of separation anxiety.

    Who knew that by simply hitting play, you could put a stop to your pet suffering from anxiety? We’re in.

    Michael is the founder and producer of Wholetones, a healing musical frequency project. He recently released his newest album called Life, Love & Lullabies which was specially written and composed to help people get a better night’s sleep.

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