I’m sure that you or someone you know will turn on the radio or the TV when they are leaving a pet alone in the house. I bet you’ve also wondered if this is really effective, or if we, as humans, do it because it gives us a little peace of mind.
But are our pets really entertained?
Research shows that it CAN be effective!
Music, depending on the genre, can help relieve stress and anxiety in pets. Different types of music can garner different types of reactions. Classical music, for example, can calm and relax your pet, whereas rock music may cause hyper or even aggressive behavior. Playing some soft, calm music can help your pet rest, relax, and go to sleep. Researchers also say that it’s best not to play music around the clock, just at strategic times during the day, like meal time, bed time, or when you know you will be leaving the house. It becomes less effective if played 24/7. There are many apps you can download, for cats and dogs, that offer different types of music for different situations.
Pets LOVE watching TV!
Having the TV on helps alleviate separation anxiety, improving your pet’s state of mind when they are home alone. TV seems to be more effective with dogs than cats. According to the Alpha Dog Blog, dogs prefer watching other dogs on TV. They also respond positively to sounds of praise, happy human voices, and squeaking toys. There is now a TV channel with 24/7 programming called DogTV! And for our feline friends, there are interactive videos and DVDs for cats called “Meowvies” that can be found all over the internet!
Pet shelters have been using music and video to help calm and relieve anxiety in their furry residents.
The ASPCA has said in their blog recently that it has helped tremendously. The shelters play music for a couple of hours, and not every day. And by doing that, and avoiding overexposure, they feel it has made the biggest impact.
Please keep in mind that while music and TV are great to use to help us take care of our pets, they should not be used as substitutes for other important activities, such as play time or cuddle time.
TV and music can be a wonderful addition to your pet’s healthy, well-balanced life!
Share with us!!
Have you tried this with your pet? Do you have a specific radio station or CD you play? Does your pet react to a specific TV channel? Do they not react at all? Have you had any negative experiences with music or video in regards to your pet? Let us know, we want to hear from you!
The Alpha Dog Blog, NY Times Blog, Huffington Post,
thebark.com, petspyjamas.com, aspcapro.org