Dog owners want the best for their furry companions, and an anxious dog can create a very stressful situation for a pet owner. Anxiety in dogs is exhibited in a number of ways: panting, drooling, excessive barking, hiding, pacing, destruction of furniture and other items, and aggression toward people and/or other animals, not to mention using every surface of the house as a place to go to the bathroom. There are many factors that can trigger anxiety and fear in a dog, and dog owners must be sensitive to a stressed dog’s needs. Creating a stress-free environment is just one aspect of dog anxiety treatment, and many studies have shown that introducing soothing music can calm dogs’ anxious behaviors.
Research has shown that certain music, such as classical, has a calming effect on dogs more so than other music. Veterinarians and animal behaviorists alike recommend a variety of anxiety treatments for dogs, and music therapy is a pleasing and easy way to get started. Professional harpist Marcia Dickstein has collaborated with a Grammy-award-winning producer to create Pupsnap, music for dogs. Pupsnap provides a collection of tranquil songs to help anxious pups relax. Dickstein’s serene harp music echoes a creative collaboration between the artist and her producer that provides a wonderful accompaniment to a pet owner’s dog anxiety treatment program.
Played through and repetitively, Dickstein’s professional harp recordings aid in giving an anxious dog a relaxed environment in which to calm down. Dogs can then associate the music with being calm, and this can help soothe a dog in other stressful situations. Since dogs pick up the energy of those around them, their owners can benefit from the relaxing sounds of the harp as well. Pupsnap provides a compilation of songs that can benefit everyone in the family in addition to being a supplement in dog anxiety treatment.