Music Therapy for Dogs

PUBLISHED 20 Feb 2013 AUTHOR CATEGORY

Having a dog or dogs for a pet can be quite therapeutic for those who have experienced this. Even when one is away from them, the strong bonds and tender affection developed over time can still be felt from far distances.

Many dog owners would agree that if their wasn't any language barrier between them and their pets, they would have been in a much better position to please them even more.

However, some have discovered music therapy for dogs and are not only reporting very positive and encouraging results, but are also learning new things that they didn't know about their dogs.

It is a well known fact that a dog's ear is far much sharper than that of man. In fact, there are some sound frequencies that a man's ears naturally can't hear while a normal dog's ear can pick up in the wink of an eye. Some sounds do traumatize dogs just like there are sounds that can traumatize man especially in a scary and life-threatening environment.

This is why dogs living in cities and very busy neighborhoods are often more restless and stubborn than those living in peaceful and tranquil environments. Scientific research has proven that playing certain kinds of songs to dogs can go a long way in calming them down and promoting their health.

Music therapy for dogs simply means using certain kinds of music to influence the dog's behavioral system and health conditions. It is proven that soothing music sends signals in a dog's brain that reduces their focus from distractions and calms them in a natural way. It conditions the dog to know what calm is and feel it for a long time to a point where a cue for calm could help the dog endure trying situations in the future. It also prevents a dog from learning or adopting bad behaviors that can lead to traumas in the future.

Music therapy also has the effect of inducing deep sleep in dogs. Many dog owners aren't aware that just like humans, dogs too can develop insomnia or sleeplessness for many reasons. Old age is one of them, while other health conditions like arthritis, lack of exercises, blindness or too much food before bed time can also cause insomnia. Unlike medications that usually have side effects, music therapy is known to be a natural remedy for inducing sleep and controlling insomnia.

The demands of modern life definitely causes millions of dog owners to be away from their beloved pets for protracted periods of time. These long intervals of separation are not only distressing or depressing for the owner but also for the dog too. Veterinarians and many dog handlers have found out that music therapy helps a great deal in calming dogs during these difficult times of separation. Even though the distress is real, music therapy goes a long way in decreasing this emotional distress in dogs without involving any other medication.

From time to time dogs may need some medical attention, and this could even be a major surgery or long periods of medication. It is really during these times that a dog owner wishes that no language barrier existed between their pets and them. It's very hard to know when a dog is in pain or not responding to medication if one is not on the lookout constantly. Music therapy is known to help calm down dogs during these painful times and also facilitates a speedy recovery process. Music therapy also helps dogs to relax after surgery so healing can take place faster.

It has also been discovered that music therapy also increases the immune function of dogs. An increased immune function helps the body to fight any diseases faster and more efficiently. It also increases endorphin levels which enhances the dogs mood in a good way. It also lowers the production of stress-related hormones which encourages the dogs to concentrate on good behaviors and to become more focused and aggressive in performance venues. The overall advantages of music therapy for dogs are inexhaustible and should be promoted anywhere where dog's health and wellness are a priority.

 

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