You may feel like you try everything to calm your dog when they're shaking under the table during a thunderstorm, but have you ever tried turning on your favorite Elton John or Bob Marley song for them?
Studies have shown that playing music for your dog can be an effective way to alleviate their stress. A recent study published in the journal of Physiology and Behavior indicated that playing music for dogs led to reduced signs of anxious behavior such as barking less, lying down more – and even lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Continue reading to learn when playing music for your dog can be a helpful tool and which music genres are most calming:
When Should You Play Calming Music for Your Dog?
Music can be a particularly useful tool when your pup is exposed to unfamiliar loud noises, such as thunder or fireworks. Getting the tunes going can help drown out these noises and calm your dog down. Of course, you don’t have to wait to turn up the tunes until your dog starts to hear loud noises. There are a variety of other situations, too, in which music can help promote calm behavior, including:
- When you leave your dog home alone.
- When your dog spends time in their crate or "safe space."
- When your dog is restless and unable to fall asleep at night.
- When your dog is in the car, whether on long road trips or even just drives across town.
CALM DOG TIP: If you intend to play music for your dog when you leave the house, make sure you also play it at other points during the week when you're home with them. The last thing you want is for your dog to learn that playing music means you're leaving the house.
What Kind of Music is Calming for Dogs?
Just as you have certain music preferences, your four-legged friend also has theirs. Compared to other genres, Reggae and Soft Rock appeared to have the greatest calming effect on the dogs in the same Physiology and Behavior study referenced above.
You can create your own playlist for your pup or choose from a variety of playlists on Spotify® and Pandora® that have been created specifically for dogs. We've made it easy for you to jump on the calm music bandwagon with our very own "Soft Rock & Reggae for Dogs" playlist, which you can find on Spotify®.
Since every dog is different, Reggae and Soft Rock may not be the best genres to play for yours. Play around with different genres, mixing up the rhythm and tempo, to see which ones your dog reacts to most positively.
Use Kradle in Conjunction with Music for a Guaranteed Calm
You might also consider giving your furry friend Kradle CBD in conjunction with playing music to ensure they stay relaxed during stressful moments. Sometimes dogs just need that extra boost to achieve a calm, happy state! If you're using music to drown out loud noises, our NEW Thunder Bundle is the perfect pair. This bundle includes Chews, Chillers, & Melts and is designed to keep your dog calm during thunderstorms — and anything else LOUD too, like fireworks or concerts. Chews and Chillers provide an all-day calm, and Melts help you deal with surprise showers. Click here to start shopping for your own Thunder Bundle, or here to explore other Kradle options.
Instead of watching your dog tremble in fear under the table during the next storm, you can play their favorite tunes, perhaps give them Kradle — and the two of you can dance the stress away!