Animal behavior is triggered by their acute hearing. Their instinct is to seek comfort in their environment to feel safe and calm.
In this episode Janet shares with us how music and sound affects the behavior of animals. Sound is invisible so we don't give it much attention, but it has a huge impact on our animals' experience. We don't hear what they hear so we have no idea what they're experiencing. When it goes above a comfortable level the message to the brain says "danger or pain". While horses hear more than humans do, they are the most closely related to us in terms of levels of hearing. Dogs hear twice as much and cats three times more than we do so it is really very important that we understand our animals' hearing sensitivities. We all want our animals to feel safe and relaxed don't we! Janet creates music that is species specific and contours the music to the hearing level of each animal so they feel safe and connected with their environment. When they feel secure and safe they are able to release muscle tension and stress.
Janet Marlow, M.A., Sound Behaviorist, is accredited for her contribution to the understanding of pet hearing and how sound and music affects behaviors. Her research has been published in veterinary science publications detailing clinical studies proving the positive effects of her specie-specific music. She is an author, speaker, and consults with organizations and veterinary practices on this new field of understanding as a sound behaviorist. Janet Marlow continues to innovate on behalf of the welfare of animals through innovative scientific methods.In 2009, Janet Marlow founded Pet Acoustics Inc., which became an award-winning global brand whose calming products have helped thousands of pets and pet parents, veterinarians and rescue shelters worldwide. Entrepreneur Magazine named Pet Acoustics Top 100 Companies for brilliant Ideas!
RECENT PET ACOUSTICS STUDY OF CATS
New Biometric feline study proves Pet Acoustics feline music calms cats.
Pet Acoustics recently finished a biometric study of cats in Southern Australia. The clinical study began on 10/7/2020 with the purpose of documenting the biometric effects of feline-specific calming music. Two cat breeders volunteered their multiple cat homes in Southern Australia for the study. The nine adult cats monitored were different breeds which included: Abyssinian, American Shorthair Black Silver Classic Tabby, Domestic mixed, Russian Blue and Selkirk Rex Shorthair. Their ages ranged from two years to twelve years.
Each cat’s vital signs of their pulse, HRV and activity were documented. The conclusion proved that Pet Acoustics feline specific music that was tested in this study caused physiological and behavioral changes indicating a calmer state for cats. The activity levels of all the cats tested was lower. The pulse rate of all the cats tested was lower and the distribution of the results was narrower. The HRV was higher with the music and the distribution of the results was narrower. All these findings supported the hypothesis of a calming effect as a result of the cats listening to the music. The most significant finding was the HRV, which showed a considerable elevation from baseline, even more than what we see with the pulse. HRV was lower when the sympathetic tone (fight or flight mode) was higher, and vice versa. Therefore, a calm animal should have a higher HRV.
Cleo's a 3 year old Border Collie; a true working dog that loves run, run, running. Oh and balls, don't forget the balls! (By the way, there is a very important message about balls and the beach which you don't want to miss; this can apply to all dogs going to the beach with a ball.) She has been waking me up in the middle of the night getting ready for our chat. Cleo has some thoughts to share on Mum's running style. Mum has some questions for Cleo that I know some of you out there have wondered with your own dogs.
* Is she ok with the small yard?
* Are two walks a day enough for her?
* Does she like running on lead in the mornings?
* Why does she bark at trucks, motorised skateboards and buses?
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