Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Songs for dogs and the people who love them.

I don't do this often. I don't use my blog as a platform to propel or advertise for others. There is something in the sanctity of being an independent source not tied to, or indebted to, or obligated to anyone, or anything else. Independence seems intimately married to credibility. Who wants to be a spokesperson? Your words become inconsequential when someone is paying you to say them.

But, there are causes that fall near to my heart, and people who dedicate their skills, talents, time and devotion to pets, just like me.

Meet Taylor, whose dad is a vet. He made an album to help pets with separation anxiety. His Kickstarter campaign is in need of some help. Please learn more about him below.

Thank you to all of you who dedicate so much of your lives to helping pets in need..

Here is a link to the campaign,, and here is more information on how music might benefit your dogs life;

Songs For Dogs and The People Who Love Them is fun, original music to help dogs feel happy and loved when they have to be left alone.  
This music provides an enjoyable and interactive solution to a problem that many pet lovers face: When we have to leave our dogs at home alone, we want them to feel safe, happy, and secure. 
Songs For Dogs was designed with a dog’s ear in mind. Pleasant and enjoyable sounds specific to dogs will capture your companion’s interest, and was created so people can enjoy it too. 
When used properly, this unique, dog-friendly music could be a promising drug-free approach for preventing and treating separation and anxiety problems in our dogs. 
By supporting this Kickstarter project, you are ensuring that music like this is able to be put in the hands of those who can greatly benefit from such a tool. 
All music is written and produced by musician and dog lover Taylor Brown, with his trusty sidekick Nala providing guidance along the way. By pledging just $15 or more, you will receive a copy for your canine companions, and it makes a wonderful gift!

Nala approves.
Nala approves.
“We think that animals love music and, just like humans, can be emotionally affected by it. However, dogs hear very differently than we do and can become easily frightened by some sounds. 
This music includes both audible and inaudible sounds that are particularly comforting and appealing to dogs, which people can enjoy too. By providing a genuinely fun, positive and emotionally uplifting content for dogs throughout this particular music, your canine friend can associate these pleasant indicators with the feeling and security of being loved and ideally find comfort in it while your away. 
Help your dog feel happy and loved with Songs For Dogs And The People Who Love them, because for most of us, our dogs are more than just a pet. They're a member of our family.”

- Dr. Kenneth D. Brown DVM
- Dr. Kenneth D. Brown DVM

How Does it Work?

In order for your dog to associate Songs For Dogs with positive feelings of love and affection when you’re away, simply enjoy it together first.
By playing with your dog in a pleasant manner prior to leaving them home alone, your dog can learn to associate this dog-friendly music with their experiences with you while listening to it. Just like humans, dogs learn and retain memories through rehearsing the same task over and over.
This positive interaction between you and your best friend can help alleviate anxiety in your dog when you leave.
Listen to a sample of some of the songs on this album here

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Science Behind the Music

We’ve known that dogs can learn new behaviors through sound association ever since Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s bell. An instinctual reflex, like salivating over food, can be triggered in dogs through a particular auditory event if that sound has been associated with a consistent and systematic experience. 
Songs For Dogs works in a similar way, by associating feelings of security and love with the music. Not just any music—music designed to appeal to a dog’s unique auditory abilities.

  • Dogs hear radically different than we do. Not only can dogs perceive frequencies nearly two octaves higher than we can, they can also hear sounds up to four times further away. Many of the panicky fits of distress and anxiety we see in dogs during lightning storms and fireworks shows are directly related to this heightened sensitivity to sound.
  • Neurologic studies on our canine companions have generated substantial evidence implying that the most influential factor that governs a dog’s emotional state is the human voice. By including 
positive human voices and familiar words in our music, we reinforce the happiness associated with tone of voice.
  • Comforting, dog-friendly sounds throughout the music help engrain an association to the music with feelings and experiences a dog has acquired while listening with their owner.
  • Our heart rate and brain activity naturally responds and syncs to consistent sounds and rhythms and the speed at which they occur around us—a process called entrainment. Entrainment occurs in both humans and animals. Songs For Dogs And The People Who Love Them have selectively calibrated the speed and substance of each song to maximize the entrainment value in your dog. 

It's Not Just for Fido!

The lyrical and musical focus of Songs For Dogs is based on the profound love we have for our pets. As fellow dog lovers, we’ve dug deep into our souls to access the most endearing and sentimental emotional indicators that bond us with our dogs.

The concept is simple. Because a dog is unable to comprehend or decipher most of the things we say around them, they interpret the majority of what we tell them through the tone of our voice and our body language.
Music is a universal language. It has no communication barriers between dog and person, and it can serve as a new and additional means of bonding with one another.  

Separation Anxiety on the Rise

Human interaction is an important part of dog development, and the experiences they acquire in their living environment—the stimuli or lack thereof—has implications on the development of anxiety disorders.
Separation anxiety in our pets is a product of our lifestyles. It’s becoming extremely common for people to work long hours while their pets stay at home. In creating Songs for Dogs And The People Who Love Them, we hope to provide a tool to treat and prevent separation anxiety.
Note: Much of the information provided is presented in a theoretical context, derived from research on the psychology of dogs. Research in the field of canine behavior remains relatively limited and unexplored. As Songs For Dogs becomes more widely utilized, we will track the application of the product and build upon its successes. 

Meet the Creators

- Taylor & Nala Brown
- Taylor & Nala Brown
“I believe that the full power of music’s effect on all of us and the full scope of how it relates to all living organisms still remains beyond our grasp. 
Hospitals, nursing homes and veterinary practices are starting to acknowledge that there are measurable improvements to the healing process when certain music is played for patients.
As we continue to make breakthroughs in our understanding of physics, nature and the inner workings of the universe, we find more and more reasons to believe that we, and everything around us, are connected. 
For all of us that have been greatly affected by the immense emotional power of music, I think it’s safe to speculate that there is something that exists within music that remains beyond our current understanding. 
At any rate, I think you and your best friend are going to love these songs. Thank you so much for your support!"

Risks and challenges

One of the challenges we’ve discovered is providing an easy and convenient way for people to play this music continuously throughout the day for their dog while they're away. We are currently in the development stages of a portable media player that’s easy to use and is designed to maximize a dog’s listening experience.
By providing your pledge and support in exchange for this album, you will help give us the means to pursue this endeavor and continue to make this music as beneficial for dogs as it possibly can be.
Again, thank you immensely for the support,
Taylor Brown
Songs For Dogs Founder
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