New Years Eve is coming up! To us – dog owners – this translates to: stress, anxiety, panting, fidgeting, hiding, squirming, shaking and following the human everywhere…
But, as I mentioned, I’ve been preparing a little Christmas present for you all 🙂
To help with the stressful days to come, I’ve put together a playlist of all the pet relaxing music that I came across thus far. It’s a whooping almost-3-hours-long, ultimate weapon against firework frenzy! Just place an iPad, a phone, your laptop (or really any internet-connectible device with speakers) somewhere near your dog’s favourite hiding spot, open this page and hit play. To navigate the playlist, use the playlist button in the bottom right corner of the video.
Your dog should be noticeably calmer within minutes.
And make sure you spread the joy – let no pet suffer this New Years Eve! All the sharing buttons you may need should be under the post 🙂 Also, I would very much appreciate comments on how the playlist worked for you.
RelaxMyDog.com have been getting great feedback from their Youtube viewers. Their music has two distinct futures:
1) the track at the start of a CD will begin with a high-pitched noise (0:50 in the video) that is meant to attract a barking, distressed dog’s attention
2) nature sounds are incorporated in the music – at first I guessed it was part of the calming process, since that is what they did to me, but as RelaxMyDog.com explains, the nature sounds are there so that your dog is less scared once it leaves the house/hears the sounds without the calming music in the back. I guess it’s like using music instead of treats to make positive associations. A very interesting concept!
I’m really keen to try out these tunes on my dog, but (thankfully) no storms are scheduled in the near future and we don’t have any travel arrangments (Vadim is not too happy about long-distance travelling, though it is better than it used to be). So do let me know how your pets react! Also, does this work on cats? The website seems tailored to dogs only, but from the previous experiment it looks like cats may be calmed by similar music…