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Friday, August 08, 2008

A growing body of evidence suggests that classical music can help calm your family dog. (Heavy metal, not surprisingly, makes them more agitated.) Joining us is Joshua Leeds, the co-creator of a new book and accompanying CD called "Through a Dog’s Ear," which prescribes Chopin and Schubert to soothe your pooch. Also with us is Peter Borchelt, PhD, an animal behaviorist based in New York.

Weigh in: Do you find music effective at calming your pet?


Joshua Leeds and Peter Borchelt, PhD,

Comments [8]

Lara Pellegrinelli from Long Island City

My mother is always puts on classical music for her two Yorkshire terriers when she leaves the house. Personally, I think they could just use some quiet time - since there's always a TV going when somebody's at home - but I also can't help but think they get very bored with WQXR. I think they'd be better off with Soundcheck. Is there a membership for dogs at WNYC?

Aug. 09 2008 02:06 AM
jane from westport ct

My house rabbits just love Sunday Morning Baroque. I realized this when I thought they had escaped from their enclosure because they were stretched out so flat -- and relaxed -- that you could hardly tell they were there. My vet tells me he plays Baroque all of the time in the R&R -- reclamation (waiting to be picked up)and recovery -- areas of the office for all of his patients, furred and feathered.

Aug. 08 2008 02:43 PM
rick from Brooklyn

I don't know about dogs, but Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations helps my wife fall asleep when she's stressed out.

Aug. 08 2008 02:20 PM
Bryce Sanders from New York City

Our dog responded to Brian Eno's Neroli -- she was totally wound-up, and when I put it on, she went and sat down in front of the speaker. It also worked with "Appollo, Themes and Sequences" and a few other ambient albums. We started playing them in the car to keep her calm.

Aug. 08 2008 02:19 PM
Mark Greenberg from Manhattan

When my kid was in public school, we did an experiment involving parakeets, Mozart and acid rock.
We did a tape definitively showing that the budgies chirped like mad when played Mozart's German Dances but shut up when exposed to rock, even at low listening levels.

Aug. 08 2008 02:19 PM
kathleen & Sidney from Brooklyn

Our 16yr old cat had a rough trip to the vet yesterday (all trips to the vet are rough trips), so I was not looking forward to the drive home. When I started the car, Soundcheck came on. Sid also was much, much calmer than I expected the whole trip home. Coincidence? Don't think so. We listen to WNYC all the time, so I think he found Kurt very comforting. Or maybe the drugs hadn't worn off yet.

Aug. 08 2008 02:18 PM
jasmine from greenpoint

do you think this would work on babies?

Aug. 08 2008 02:13 PM

I often howl with my dog, sort of singing a duet with them. It is fun to get them to howl. Not all dogs will do it though. I probably wouldn't recommend it with a small dog, but with a dog like a Great Dane it is perfect.

Aug. 08 2008 10:24 AM

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