Eliza, 11 years old, listening to Music My Pet’s CD
Today a story of soothing intense separation anxiety with music. Karin Carson writes on Music My Pet’s website:
“Eliza is 11 years old and has always been a nervious Nellie. She is particularly bad these days since our other Dalmatian died a year ago. When we are all out of the house she shakes, rips up the sofa, and is generally miserable. So we got her a kitten, but that hasn’t helped. In these photos she is listening to Music My Pet. She fell asleep very quickly! It’s extremely soothing.”
There is also a nice Holiday collection by Bradley Jospeh from MusicPetsLove.com. Unfortunately the only samples I could find of his are short bits in his store. I will be doing a profile on Music Pets Love sometime in January, after the Chrsitmas rush is over.
P.S. Watch this space – I have a special Christmas present prepared, one that will help you get through New Years Eve without too much freaked-out-Fido action.
This week will be more of a test testimonial kind of thing. I stumbed upon this great reportage from ABC 1 Australia, about music and dogs.
It starts with forming a dog band and ends with some scientific proof, as a well as a real world test showing how calming music can affect canines. It’s really cute, funny and another proof there is yet much to be discovered in the area of music for pets. I loved the Golden that smiled to guitar music at 4:27. Not to mention the singing Husky from the Sydney shelter 🙂 Unfortunately can’t find a way to embed the video, but just click the photo above to watch on ABC’s website.
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!
And I’ve been meaning to share this video I saw there for quite a while now. Unfortunately it is exam time for me and so that plan got slightly delayed. But, I figured it is never too late for a bit of cuteness! (and another proof music has some serious influence on animals).
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…
Lately, I came across The Rescue Animal MP3 Project. They obtain licences from composers of pet-soothing music and distribute it for free to animal shelters. A great cause, especially since the testimonial is so positive about the music’s benefits. And no wonder really – a shelter full of stressed, barking dogs is put at ease by a CD supplied through the Project within 60 seconds of the record starting. See for yourselves:
Have you had any experience with this project or know of something similar? I would love to hear from you! Especially, since so far I seem to find calming music sold/used only in the US… Surely there must be something out there in other regions too?