Canine Stress: Calming Solutions That Work

by Mary Haight on December 14, 2011

canine stress Wonderful unfamiliar smells, doorbells ringing, Christmas carolers, visitors, even a pine tree in the house all contribute to your dog’s stress levels, as they do to your own.  Bringing down those anxious canine stress levels is important for the whole family, and it doesn’t need to be a pill-popping exercise.  A proven non-medical intervention is music.

Canine Stress Management

We know what a tonic music can be for soothing our own jangled nerves.  According to a veterinary neurologist referenced in a previous post on pet acoustics these studies show a measurable difference in canine stress reduction between regular classical music (36%) and music engineered to reduce the heart rate and breathing of those who hear it (70%).

While I knew about the home version and was excited by the shelter version – until I heard it and then I calmed down;) – I was not really up-to-speed on the CDs for car travel.  So many dogs get car sick and this music has been, by all reports. enormously successful in managing canine stress. You might like to listen to some samples from all the series created by and available at Through A Dog’s Ear.

For those skeptics, please note that veterinarians and behaviorists recommend this program.  Thanks to the time of year, you can also now get packaged gift sets available at Through a Dog’s Ear .  And the gift of a substantial discount code is waiting for you at Animal Cafe. There’s a lot more meat to this concept and you can hear it straight from the co-creator, Lisa Spector, who was interviewed by Edie Jarolim at Animal Cafe.  Oh, and find out what Lisa is doing coming up on Animal Planet with Victoria Stillwell! I think you’re going to enjoy this…

If you have tried these canine stress reduction recordings, let us know what you experienced!

6 comments
Marie
Marie

Hmm, I never thought to try this in the car! My dog gets horrible separation anxiety. Although she's on her way to being cured... I used this site www.dogseparationanxietyresource.com to train her. I used music in the room I kept her in when I left the house (so she wouldn't destroy everything) so she wouldn't feel so alone. I will definitely try this in the car though! Marie

Leigh
Leigh

One of our affenpinscher puppies was raised in a household where classical music was played on the radio and when we brought him to our home in the car (quite a long journey) he was really relaxed with the Classic FM channel playing on the car stereo :-)

MyDogShampooStore
MyDogShampooStore

Canine Stress Management is important. I never thought about calming music. I wish I had it Christmas weekend when we had to drive 300 miles with our dog in the car stressing out. It was a very long 300 miles both ways. She used to love riding in the car she as since she was a puppy and now she is 12 years old and doesn't seem to like it much. She doesn't like laying down for that long with her arthritis. I will have to try this for sure.

rumpydog
rumpydog

Ooh! I wanna try that! I wonder if it works well with cats too?

Jen Febel
Jen Febel

Have never tried calming music for my critters before but am thinking about giving it a go this year. I have used meditation music with binaural beats for my own relaxation and it works great so I have no doubt it would be beneficial to my dogs (and maybe my cats too??) Thanks for posting this info!

Sammi
Sammi

I love TADE, it was such a godsend for my stressy little man when he first came home; alongside a Thundershirt, Zylkene, and a behavioural modification programme, it's really helped him.

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