Like humans dogs really aren’t keen on bangs and crashes as well as being left alone when used to company. But how does turning on some quiet music or white noise help our pets and reduce some of their stress? Recent studies have shown that playing music reduces stress in dogs at animal rescue centres. The test monitored their barking, respiratory rates and levels of stress hormone cortisol and all were lowered when music was played. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise as similar test and results have been seen in humans. What kind of music is calming for dogs? Certain types of music have been proven to help your dogs more than others. Soft rock, reggae and classical music (the calm kind) are said to be the most relaxing and help them calm down in stressful environments. You can switch it from one to the other any time. There is of course music that has been specifically composed for dogs with separation anxiety, loud noises or even to sooth new puppies. Canine Lullabies is one of the most popular recordings for puppies, anxious dogs, or dogs scared of loud noises, and YouTube also offers many different options for calming dog music. All dogs may, like humans, like different music but the length of the musical notes, simple tones, rhythms, and the tempo of the music are the most important calming qualities. When should I use music to calm my dog? Music is always great to have on but these particular times are key when trying to calm your dog: A new home or new dogWhenever you leave your dog at home alone.When your dog spends time in their crate, or in their safe space.During thunderstorms or fireworks.Helping a young and restless puppy or dog fall asleep.On the way to the vets.And during car journeys if they are not great travellers. So why not put on some tunes and have a relaxing time with your pooch.