Music & Your Dog
Our dogs have the amazing ability to hear sounds four times better than humans.
In addition, dogs have ear mobility. Over eighteen muscles are used by a dog to tilt, raise, rotate, or lower their ears. Using their ear mobility, they can rapidly pinpoint the exact location of a sound.
The modern dog is believed to be descended from the wolf, and wolves howl to let other wolves know their location. Our dogs behave in the same manner.
Modern dogs, however, have a wider range of vocalization such as barking, whimpering, moaning, whining, and I believe, if you listen closely, you can hear a ‘doggy laugh’.
Every night, when I put my dogs to bed, C.C. Belle, always barks for between 5 and 10 minutes.
Separation anxiety . . . maybe, but I have come to believe that she wants me to know her ‘location’ (just in case I may have forgotten).
Over the years I have discovered different techniques to get my dogs to settle down.
If I am not home, I tune the radio to NPR (National Public Radio) or some other talk-radio station. The human voices seem to sooth their anxiety when I leave.
When I am at home working and I need them to relax, I play Mozart. There are a number of Mozart collections that I use myself, and I discovered that after playing the first track, the dogs pass out on the sofa.
One of them curls up, one of them stretches out, and the other nestles in a soft pillow.
Mozart in our ears, a lavender scent in the air, and my three rambunctious dogs are now sleeping, snuggly angels.