Music Being Used As Therapy For Animals

Harp CatHow does your pet react to music? Does he howl to make you stop singing? Or does she start tapping her toes and dances even better than you dance?

Music has always been used as therapy for humans, and now there is a group of harpists around the nation that is using the power of music to help animals.

Aliana Boone, a harpist, said, “The structure of the harp is considered to be the most healing instruments next to the human voice.” Boone plays for family pets that are sick and produced a CD “Harp Music to Soothe the Savage Beast.”

Boone has even played her harp for hospitalized canines at a vet clinic, and the music sessions immediately began to lower the heart rate, anxiety and respiration in many of the dogs.

All sorts of animals seem to benefit from the power of music. Cassie, a cow at a farm sanctuary, had anxiety-related behavior issues. One of the volunteers played a CD of harp songs, and within 20 minutes, Cassie dozed off and was at peace.

Diane Schneider, a harpist who produced “Harp of Hope: Animal Therapy Edition”, said music doesn’t work for all animals, but for the animals that it does work on, it works really well.

Schneider said pet owners have stated that her CD has helped arthritic dogs fall asleep and calm anxious cats.

She recommended that pet owners play music before a stressful situation like going to the vet or grooming appointment.

Every detail of the instrumentals are specifically arranged to promote peace and relaxation in animals. Schneider added, “I’m hopeful that there will be a great increase in the use of this benevolent therapy. It is a very cost-effective, beneficial, soothing, calming intervention for animals and the people who love animals.”

Source: MSNBC

Photo: Minerva Classics

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5 Responses to “Music Being Used As Therapy For Animals”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    I hope to find this music and purchase it. My Aussie already really enjoys soothing and melodic guitar rifts and other forms of relaxing musical sounds.

  2. Dogmom says:

    I was able to find the one by Diane Schneider; Harp of Hope: Animal Therapy Edition by doing a google search. It is being carried by the Mullet Beach Gallery. Try www.mulletbeachgallery.com/music-cds.html
    I haven’t been able to track down Aliana Boone yet. I have used music for my dogs for years and also played the Pet Music, three volume collection at the shelter where I worked as a humane officer. People were always amazed that the dogs were not barking when I was working. I always told them that it wasn’t me, it was the music.
    Another very good cd to play for dogs is Chant, by the Benedictine Monks. It soothed my Newfoundland after ACL surgery and helped him sleep when the painkillers didn’t.

  3. Lynne says:

    Dogmom, cool! Thanks for the info.

  4. Hope for Pets Music says:

    I have completed a 16 track CD that I created as a fundraiser for my local animal organization. I have had people tell me that the relaxing music calms both the pet as well as the people. =)

    A lot of heart & soul, love & dedication, and countless hours have been put into the production of this CD. The songs will be named after the special pets that were nominated and voted for on the Hope For Pets website.

    Hope For Pets will sell the CDs at their fundraiser events throughout the year. 100% of the money generated from Hope For Pets fundraiser sales will go to the Hope For Pets organization.

    The physical CD will also be available for purchase online at stores yet to be determined, as well as from the HopeForPetsMusic.com website. Digital downloads will be available from iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster, Yahoo! Music, Music Gremlin, and many other music sites on the internet. A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM “OTHER” CD SALES AND DIGITAL DOWNLOADS WILL BE DONATED TO Hope For Pets

    Hope For Pets is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. They are dedicated to improving the lives of stray, shelter and companion animals in Bullitt County, Ky. Their programs are designed to eliminate pet overpopulation and provide assistance for pet care needs to the elderly, low-income and special need members of our community. They also offer educational programs and material regarding responsible pet ownership.

  5. Kathleen Self says:

    Where do I purchease a copy of soothing to dogs ears (CD), as seen on ABC30News on Sundat 3/9/08 on the am news?


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