How Can Music Help With Animal Anxiety?
“How can I help animal anxiety? It is starting to affect their quality of life, and I would like to help them.”
It’s a question we hear quite frequently. Many rescue animals have come from less than ideal situations, and many suffer from post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders.
Kerry Bramwell, with True Colors Dog Training, has been a cherished pet sitter and dog walker for PlayTime Pet Sitters for many years. She has provided many of our clients with valuable insight into behavioral modification through positive reinforcement learning. She introduced us to iCalmPet many years ago, and we have been recommending it ever since.
Okay, that sounds great! But what exactly is iCalmPet?
People, dogs, cats… we’re all herd animals, and it feels safe to be together. However, our sensory environments have become very toxic. People know how to de-stress when it all gets to be too much.
However, our animals don’t do yoga or go out to the movies. By being in unnatural environments, pet stress leads to illness and difficult behaviors. Beginning in 2003, iCalmPet began to research how to use SOUND to restore balance for both 2- and 4-leggeds.
The over-arching psychoacoustic theory informing iCalm music for pets is summed up in just two words — simple sound. This term refers to the process of minimizing intricate auditory information. The music of iCalm is intentionally selected, arranged, and recorded to provide easeful auditory assimilation.
Clinical research on dogs, cats, and people have found that while we hear different frequency spectrums, the mammalian auditory system, that we share, functions basically the same. iCalm music for pets is individually designed for each species, based on our own and others’ clinical research, supplemented by anecdotal feedback received since 2003. Music for the enhancement of animal function is both a growing science and a valuable art form.
The music of iCalm (originally known as Through a Dog’s Ear) builds on the groundbreaking psychoacoustic research of Dr. Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001). Known as the “Einstein of the ear,” Tomatis discovered the extraordinary powers of sound as a “nutrient for the nervous system.” His therapeutic discoveries redefine modern psychoacoustics — the study of the effect of music and sound on the human nervous system.
These recordings are psychoacoustically designed to support you and your dog’s compromised immune or nervous system function. When the immune or nervous system is heavily taxed, a natural reaction is to self-limit the amount of auditory or visual stimulation coming into the system.
However, the “nutrients” of sound are needed the most when life energy is at a low ebb or when neurodevelopmental (including sensory) issues are present. To facilitate maximum sound intake while conserving energy output, the method of simple sound has been created.
*Referenced from iCalmPet.com
Music for Pets! A simple download I can play for my pets while I am away, or during training sessions?
Yes! To see exactly how iCalmPet works, check out this video below! We think you will find this just as PAWSOME as we do!