iCalmDog Reggae is Waaaay Cool! Here’s Why.
In 2003, Through a Dog’s Ear began with the research of Irish researcher, Deborah Wells. In clinical trials at dog shelters in San Francisco and Dublin, Dr. Wells found classical music to be the most effective style for calming dogs.1
Fourteen years later, researchers from University of Glasgow and the Scottish SPCA performed clinical testing with 38 dogs. Their research suggested that reggae music was successful in calming canines in the most stressed pet environment – the animal shelter.2
From a bioacoustic vantage point, the 2017 published findings from Scotland were not surprising. I believe the right combination of tone, tempo, and pattern is key to effective sound therapy for people and pets.
With reggae, there is:
• A predominance of bass, which tends to discharge the nervous system.
• Tempos are basically slow and with iCalmDog Reggae, even slower.
• Simple melodies and harmonies, thereby allowing quick pattern recognition that leads to passive hearing – great for calming the mind.
All in all, reggae-style music contains ingredients perfect for canine relaxation. Through a Dog’s Ear has applied innovative arranging and studio techniques to make reggae music even more beneficial.
With iCalmDog Reggae, innovation meets fun. We know you’ll enjoy these joyful rhythms while your pups snooze!
– Joshua Leeds
Producer, Through a Dog’s Ear
1 Wells, D L; et al. The influence of auditory stimulation on the behaviour of dogs housed in a rescue shelter. Animal Welfare. 11 (2002 November): 385-393.
2 Bowman A; Scottish SPCA; et al. The effect of different genres of music on the stress levels of kennelled dogs. Physiological Behavior. 171 (2017 Mar): 207-215.
How to Use iCalmDog Reggae
We’re looking to create positive association. If you have a nervous canine, we suggest you play iCalmDog Reggae when your dog is not exhibiting anxiety. This will allow your pooch to associate this music with a positive state of being. When you have done this at least three times, you can proceed to using iCalmDog Reggae when your dog is exhibiting anxiety. If the music doesn’t keep your dog calm at first, stop and use it several more times while not anxious. You may also want to discuss additional therapies with your vet, behaviorist, or trainer.
Specific applications include separation and thunderstorm anxiety, fireworks, excitement with visitors, stressful times with people, boarding, pre- and post-surgery, training classes, and introducing new animals to your home.
Play iCalmDog Reggae at a very gentle volume and play it often. We want your dog to become very familiar with this music. It doesn’t need to be played continuously, but we suggest 1-3 times a day for the first month.
Mix it Up! Variety is the Spice of Life!
Rotating iCalmDog Reggae with classic Through a Dog’s Ear piano tracks actually prolongs the canine relaxation response. According to the University of Glasgow/Scottish SPCA research, “… the effect of habituation may be reduced by increasing the variety of auditory enrichment provided.” Dogs exposed to a variety of appropriate musical styles* stay calmer longer. In other words, variety is the spice of life for doggies, too.
* While each dog’s sensory perception may differ, some musical styles (i.e., Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Motown, Rap) have been clinically proven by various researchers to have a non-calming effect on canines.
CD, 63 minutes, 9-page booklet. Also available in SD Micro Card format. [M, link? image of iCD?]
Producer/Bioacoustic arrangements Joshua Leeds
Rhythm tracks produced by Markos Photinos (tracks 1-6, 10, 12) and Dana Wyman (tracks 7-9,11)
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