In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson sat in the oval office with his terrier-mix, Yuki. While President Johnson warbled a horrendously off-key version of a folk song, Yuki howled and yipped along with abandon. This beautiful moment was captured in photos and audio recording, and American listened to the president sing with his dog.
Does your dog howl along with a tune? While researches don’t believe dogs are actually ‘singing,’ canines certainly have a sense of pitch! Howling is a social activity that makes canines feel more connected to their pack. In wolf packs, if a new individual joins a howling choir, the other canines will adjust their pitch so that no one howler is at the same. Our furry friends are tapping into their base social nature when the howl along with our singing and music.
Anecdotes of music-sensitive dogs swirl around the music community. Sir Edward William Elgar, the composer of classical pieces like ‘Pomp and Circumstance,’ was fond of a friend’s bulldog for the dog’s inclination to growl at singers that were off-tune. Richard Wilhelm Wagner, composer of ‘Ride of the Valkyries,’ modified his music based on the reactions of his King Charles Spaniel, Peps. Peps’ reactions became the foundation for the modern theory of ‘musical motif,’ using certain keys to convey specific emotions.
At Pupsnap Music, our relaxation music for dogs was created based on our own observations. When our dogs and student’s dogs seemed attracted to the soothing sounds of harp music, we took notice. It relaxed our dogs as much as it relaxed humans! To optimize this effect through our CDs, we’ve maximized our sound quality for a larger-than-life relaxation experience for your pets.