Music for Shelter Dogs

Canine Culture

Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I’ve sniffed out something wooftastic. Martin Agee, is a violinist who has played for over 40 Broadway cast albums including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Color Purple,” & the upcoming revival of “West Side Story.” He is also a volunteer with the ASPCA. When he’s not busy rehearsing or performing, he plays soothing classical music for dogs recovering from abuse.

While training at the ASPCA Animal Recovery Center, Mr. Agee learned about a program where people could read to dogs recovering from abuse, he thought playing music for them could also help.

The response from the dogs has been very positive. Often, within seconds dogs will curl up on their beds or in front of the doors, & quietly listen or watch Mr. Agee play. Some hounds have even helped by singing along.

Mr. Agee sticks to soothing classical pieces by Bach, Handel & Mozart. The result is an overall calmness that not only the dogs appreciate but the staff as well. What a pawsome thing to do.

Check out this short video of Mr. Agee at a shelter. We at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs bark out a big “Thank You” to Martin Agee.

CEO Olivia ❤

Reminder – November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. This year I’m asking all my fellow Epilepsy Warriors & wagnificent supporters to help me raise Canine Epilepsy awareness globally. Here’s what I want you to do. Get your human to take your picture with a sign showing your “Bark Out” or motto against this horrible disease. Then send it to me by messaging my Facebook page, “Oh, the Life of Olivia“.

Once November arrives I will begin posting the pictures I’ve received. Let’s show the world how strong The Canine Epilepsy Community is.

Music for Good Dogs

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Music is truly a universal language. This isn’t lost on a dog. Just like us, dogs can enjoy & benefit from listening to music. A quick search on YouTube or Spotify will dig up many selections of music intended for dogs.

There’s quite a bit of anecdotal evidence of dogs responding to & even expressing preferences towards different kinds of music. Dogs appear to focus on melodies & harmonies but not so much on the beat or tempo. Obviously a dog would find a String Quartet more appealing than say, Thrash Metal.

The composer who wrote “Pomp & Circumstance” was fond of a bulldog that was said to growl at choir members who fell out of tune. Richard Wagner had a special stool in his study for his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named “Peps,” to sit on. As Wagner composed he kept his eyes on the dog & changed musical phrases based upon how the dog reacted. Wagner noticed that Peps responded differently to melodies depending upon their musical keys. Thus certain passages in one key might cause an occasional calm tail wag, while passages in other keys might arouse an excited response.

If you’ve ever been to a shelter or Humane Society you might have noticed soft or classical music playing over the PA. A shelter can be a very loud & stressful place so many shelters will play calming music to help relax the dogs. A 2012 Colorado State University study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that dogs were more likely to sleep & less likely to bark when Mozart, Beethoven & other classical artists were playing.

Myself, I’m partial to Amy Winehouse & Jazz music.

CEO Olivia

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Dogs & Music


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This week our theme is music. Music by dogs & music for dogs. There is a fair bit of research that suggests that classical music has a calming effect on many species, including dogs. There are many albums of music available on the internet marketed to dog owners. Many shelters play calming music through out the day.

But today, let’s show off what a good dog can do with a tune…with a little help from some furiends. Thanks to S. Alan & K9 Instinct for sharing this video on Facebook. Do you have a musically talented dog? We’d love to hear a tune.

CEO Olivia

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