9 Ways to Calm or Energize Your Dog with Music

6. Consider the Classics

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Classical music has long been considered animal-friendly background music, and for good reason. The melodic, complex instrumental pieces can both soothe and energize dogs. However, classical is not the only choice.

5. Slow It Down

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That powerful punk rock or high-octane hip-hop might get you pumped up, but those beats can be too much for some dogs. If you like fast, heavy music, especially if it has a loud beat, make sure it doesn’t cause anxiety in your pup.

4. Dogs Hear Differently, So Keep It Soft

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When choosing a playlist, be sure to take your dog’s hearing into consideration. Their sensitive ears are able to hear frequencies that are undetectable to humans (artist Laurie Anderson once performed an entire concert at a frequency suitable for dogs). That exceptional hearing also means that they’re more susceptible to loud volumes, heavy bass and other sounds than their human counterparts, so make sure to turn it down a bit if your dog seems uncomfortable.

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