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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

meloncollie, yes, it is a miracle how our girl reacts to this type of music. I can easily believe that music can be beneficial for dogs too. But what I did not believe was that it can make so much difference and that it actually helps my dog (who is not just a bit uncomfortable with the fireworks but who has a real noise phobia with all the extras)

I am just so very happy.

After this experience my husband and I were joking that now we know which "anesthetic" to use for her next plaque removal as she immediately fall asleep no matter what when she hears this special music
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

I've heard of this, haven't tried specifics, but what really seems to calm lily in the car is ralph vaughan-williams lark ascending and oboe concerto.

So glad this works for your pup.
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

Did a bit of googling and found this from Patricia McConnell, a behaviorist I very much respect, on the subject of dogs and music :
http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/the...dogs-and-music

I'll be experimenting with various 'dog relaxing music' programs in the next months as Hofnarr settles in - will keep y'all posted.

Again, thanks for the tip, Ulaula!
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

So I've been experimenting with the Relax My Dog music...

Hofnarr the Heffalump is, collie typical, very sensitive. And very easily spooked. Not disablingly so, but something that needs to be worked through.

As we are in the newbie settling-in period I've been playing the music in antipication of a stressful event and then during the event itself - leaving the dogs alone for the first time, visits from strangers, I even brought it along to our first 'getting to know the vet' visit.

Because I'm just getting to know the Heffalump it's hard to accurately judge the effect, and since everything here is new he is naturally wary and careful - but he does seem to relax when the music plays. I do think I see less tension in his body language and carriage when the music plays. Hooligan and Puddle go to sleep, this surprised me as Hooligan is usually hyper-alert.

So far so good.

The Belltie, however, seems to be somewhat less controlled after about half an hour of the music playing. This is very interesting to me, as I saw a similar reaction to a DAP diffuser - it's as if relaxing mechanisms might almost overly-relax him, lowering his self control threshold. Very interesting...

Anyway - I'm quite intrigued with the idea of relaxation music, and will continue to explore how I might add it to my 'tool box'.

Again, thanks Ulaula!
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