Based on clinical research!
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.*
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.
Why is fun important to healing the pet household?
As a pet’s guardian, nothing is sadder than when the human/animal relationship becomes tattered. When something goes awry, be it pathological, environmental, or accidental–and we can’t find solutions to help our animals be comfortable in our human environs–it’s a heartbreaking time.
I know from decades of work with therapeutic sound and people, that there is a distinction between healing and curing. iCalmDog Reggae may not be a magic wand for everything, but it sure creates a joyful environment that allows difficulties to dissipate and affectionate heart space to return.
With iCalmDog Reggae, innovation meets fun. We know you’ll enjoy these joyful rhythms while your pups snooze!
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.
Specific applications include:
• Calm and settle
• Focus on task
• Stronger noise masking
• Soothes elderly and hearing impaired dogs
• Fun and healing
• Keeps dogs calmer longer
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 shown, by various researchers, to have a non-calming effect on canines.
– Joshua Leeds
Producer, Through a Dog’s Ear and iCalmDog Reggae
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