I know this is seemingly unrelated to my core topics of storms, pet anxieties and music… But, I fell pray to the awesomeness that is Pinterest and really wanted to share some finds. I wouldn’t have made these if I hadn’t been searching for materials to write my next posts on MPet3. So, in a way it is all related. Also, what better way to distract a scared pet than with some new toys?
Vadim is pretty great at destroying whatever new toy I get him in record times. By now he will have probably demolished any Christmas present I may have gotten him. I was therefore always faced with two choices: spend a fortune on dog toys or abandon the idea of toys for extended periods of time. Now, I discovered I had a third way out: DIY pet toys! Pinterest is full of quick, neat and easy tutorials for all sorts of animal play needs. Here’s a few of my favourites:
Now this brand is a major amongst music to calm pets. I’ve been hearing a lot about, and all good. It was even featured by Patricia Mcconnell, a well known dog behaviourist and author of acclaimed books such as: “On the Other End of the Leash”, “For the Love of A Dog: Understanding Emotions in You and Your Best Friend”. The reason it took me a while to showcase Through a Dog’s Ear on this blog is because there is so much to process! I mean these guys did some serious studies, published a full book on their findings and recorded multiple albums. At the same time there is not a single Youtube video I could embed to let you sample. But, I’m working on that and should have something coming soon in the slider on top. So keep checking back! I guarantee it’s worth it. Meanwhile, if you’d like to find out some more about the concept and the research, here’s a real good report from CBS (just bare with the first 24 seconds):
You can also check out their website with some listening samples and a directory of places to buy their music.
Music My Pet was created by composer Tom Nazziola. Their first CD “Classic cuts” became a great success, with many happy customers (check out some of the comments on their facebook page or this positive review).
The music is essentially specially edited classical music. All of the “dramatic” parts in the classical compositions were omitted in Music My Pet recordings, leaving only the soothing sounds. Also, the choice of instruments was made with research on pet behaviour in mind. Harp, piano, classical guitar are all proven to help our pets unwind. On the other hand brass instruments, so commonly used in normal classical music recordings do not have that relaxing effect on animals and so were not used in Music My Pet compositions. Similarly to RelaxMyPet tunes, each track begins with a high-pitched tone, inaudible to people, but attracting your pet’s attention. If you want to hear more about the theory and process behind Music My Pet creations, here’s a pretty interesting radio interview with Tom Nazziola, involving also feedback from an animal behaviourist and a veterinarian.
The company has lately released a new CD “Mellow melodies”. Having listened to some sample recordings, I have to say I loved it. Pretty sure Vadim will too. I’ll try it out during our next travels, which considering upcoming birthdays in the family should be soon. Meanwhile, let me know if you’ve had any experience with Music My Pet!
This is the first tune I played to my dog, Vadim, with just a little bit of hope that it would calm him down during that long, massive summer storm. You can read more about the night which inspired me to create this blog under the “My Story” tab. Meanwhile, check how this great composition by Robbins Island Music Artists influences your stressed-out pet:
If it works anything like it did for me, you may want to buy more of Robbins Island music on iTunes or Amazon.
I did that straight away. And since then the CD I burned, has also been borrowed by my neighbour, successfully curing her cat’s travel anxiety 🙂
Oh, and do let me know of your findings! I’m super curious if the music works for other pets as well as it did for mine.