Have you ever wondered how to help your anxious dog feel calmer and more relaxed?
Well, according to dog music and sound therapy solutions iCalmPet (formerly known as Through A Dog’s Ear), playing relaxing, soothing music during hectic and stressful times like the busy holiday season, New Year’s Eve, July 4th, or when loud company is at your house, will help anxious dogs be calmer.
You guys, I’m telling you that it really works! I’ve experienced the effect of relaxing music on dogs suffering from separation anxiety firsthand in many client homes in my capacity as a professional pet sitter.
The music is usually set on repeat while the dogs are home alone in between my visits, which leaves them calm and relaxed when I get there to care for them.
Where To Find Relaxing Music For Your Anxious Dog
So where do you find that wonderfully relaxing music for your anxious dog?
You can stream iCalmPet on Amazon music, Spotify, and Apple iTunes ($53.34), meaning it does need to be purchased. I personally added the album iCalmDog Calm Your Canine to my Apple Music Library that I subscribe to for 10 bucks on a monthly basis, so it’s more affordable than buying the entire album outright.
But I also did a little digging around online, and found free versions of hours of relaxing music on YouTube from Relax My Dog – Relaxing Music for Dogs that I attached below.
Bonus Tip: Combine Relaxing Music AND Exercising Your Dog
I suggest combining the musical experience AND exercising your dog for the ultimate relaxation experience. So what I would do is take my dogs for a 60 minute walk, jog, backpack hike or swim to drain them of their physical energy, and then play the soothing music once we’re back home.
I actually do this on a daily basis – we’ll go for a morning walk before I leave for my dog walking/pet sitting visits, and then play the relaxing music while I’m gone.
So let’s recap – it’s possible to calm an anxious dog with a combination of specific music and a physical workout.
Instrumental music has a particularly relaxing effect on anxious dogs, especially piano music. More hectic music like opera, rock or heavy metal is likely to have the opposite effect of what you’re looking for and might cause trembling and shaking.
The physical workout before playing relaxing music can be anything that drains energy from your dog:
- Backpack walk/hike for higher energy dogs
- Bike riding
- Playing fetch or tug
Have you experienced the relaxing effects of calming music on your dog? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!