When Clover was a puppy and in the process of destroying my home piece by piece, someone at work told me that if I left the radio on for her, the music would “soothe the savage beastie.” At that point, I decided “what the heck, it can’t hurt.” The first day, I tuned the radio to a classical music station, patted Clover on the head and went to work. When I got home from work, I was greeted by Clover and a completely shredded telephone book. Strike the classical music.
I moved to Country & Western. The results with C&W netted me new holes in the drywall, and a couple of destroyed shoes. Strike the C&W. From there, I worked my way through the music choices, all of which provided Clover no comfort at all. As a matter of fact, I think the music might have even spurred her on in some cases.
Then, I found Talk Radio. I can’t remember the station that I tuned into, but this genre seemed to help. The sound of human voices seemed to have a positive effect on Clover. It wasn’t a cure-all, but it helped.
Now, fast forward 8 years to Northern Virginia. I still leave the radio on for her when I leave the house, and have it tuned to WTOP so she can listen to the weather report, Traffic on the 8’s, and stay up-to-date on Washington News and Sports. The one and only thing I wish is that they would ditch the commercials that use the sound of fireworks in them, usually around any holiday like the 4th of July, Memorial and Labor Day. Drives poor Clover crazy.
There are all kinds of “music for dogs” CDs out there, some of them backed by “studies” made by veterinarians, experts in dog behavior, and so on. You can spend lots of money on music for your dog(s). I am not saying whether they work or not. What I am saying is you should put that Visa card back in your wallet, and put on a Talk Radio station. Your dog(s) wont care what they’re talking about, but they may just enjoy the sound.