If you have a dog, chances are that at some point you’ve put the TV or radio on for them. But have you considered that the sound you hope will be comforting might just be irritating noise to your dog? Worse yet, your music choices could actually backfire and leave your pets feeling agitated or revved up.
We all know how music can affect our mood – it’s why you don’t see a lot of sports teams playing Bach in the locker room before a game, and why you don’t tune into a heavy metal station when you’re trying to go to sleep. The beat, complexity, and pattern of the music affects us physically … and the same thing happens to our pets.
Thank goodness for the people at Through A Dog’s Ear! They know that what I’m really meaning to do when I turn on the radio for Ty and Buster is to help them relax. And they understand the science behind psychoacoustic music – which is way over my head!
For years Lisa Spector has been using her talents at the piano to create music that has been composed and arranged specifically to help calm our pets. Using just one instrument, melodies are written and recorded with rhythms that slow the heartbeat and avoid over-stimulation – allowing our bodies the benefits of hearing the music without making our brains work too hard to figure it out.
We’ve used the Through A Dog’s Ear CDs and downloads for a long time, but they just released a new little gadget that allows us to take this music everywhere – and we love it so much I just had to tell you about it.
It’s called the iCalm Dog – a portable music player that fits in the palm of your hand. It has great sound quality, comes pre-loaded with four hours of Though A Dog’s Ear music, and will automatically begin again when it reaches the end of the playlist. The batteries last for 5 to 12 hours, depending on volume, and it can be used as an external speaker for your computer, tablet or smart phone (if your dogs will let you).
Ours arrived a few weeks back when we were staying at a hotel and it was a wonderful way to help Ty and Buster calm down and relax in an unfamiliar place. We take it with us in the car to help with Buster’s anxiety while we’re driving, and we’ve been playing it on rainy days in the Winnebago when we can’t get the boys outside as much.
We turned it on in the hotel …
… and five seconds later …
Honestly, I think Rod and I are enjoying it as much as the dogs are! It makes great background music while we work. In fact, it may be working a little too well … make room for me, boys!
We received a free iCalm Dog from Through a Dog’s Ear. We did not promise to do a review in exchange for the product and we were not compensated for this post. The opinions are mine. Only mine. Unless they’re also yours.