Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, July 8, 2017

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They say that music can play a major part in alteringthe mood of the human being and I am convincedthis is true from my own experience. If I am feelinglow on the energy level and need a boost, I play aselection from one of my favorite classic rock orbluegrass albums and before I know it I am up andabout, dancing in my living room. On the otherhand, if I’m feeling kind of edgy, I can select one ofmy favorite Chopin nocturns and in short order I findmyself calming down and relaxing.

Music inspires us humans in so many ways butwhat, if anything, does it do for a dog? Numerousresearch studies have been conducted to determine 
how sounds might effect the mood and behaviorof the canine. Among the more scientificallyimportant studies is one performed by Belfast-basedpsychologist and animal behaviorist Dr. DeborahWells in 2002. 

Dr. Wells undertook a research program to 
determine the influence of five types of auditorystimulation on the dog: human conversation, classicalmusic, heavy metal music, pop music, and a silentcontrol (no music at all).
The results of Dr. Wells’ study clearly indicated thatclassical music had a marked soothing effect on dogsin animal shelters when compared to the other typesof auditory stimulation.

In the discussion section of her publishedresearch Dr. Wells states, “Classical music resulted 
in dogs spending more of their time resting thanany of the other experimental conditions of auditorystimulation. This type of music also resulted in asignificantly lower level of barking. Research suggeststhat calming music may have a beneficial effect onhumans, resulting in diminished agitation, improvedmood and lower levels of stress. Although the specificeffect of classical music on dogs remains unknown,
the findings from this study suggests that it may, as inhumans, have a calming influence.” 

Wells also observed that heavy metal music tendedto agitate the dogs, which was mainly manifestedby increased frequencies of standing, fretting andbarking. Upon completion of the project, Dr. Wellsstated, “Further work is still required to unravel thespecific acoustic elements that dogs respond to.” 
Wells’ research inspired a small group of American 
scientists & musicians to embark on a subsequentstudy of their own.

Their mission was to take 
bioacoustics research to a higherlevel. In 2005, neurologist SusanWagner initiated and directed 
the Bioacoustics Research & 
Development (BARD) project.
Working closely with her associatesJoshua Leeds (sound researcher)
and Lisa Spector (concert pianist),
Wagner came up with some veryinteresting and enlightening resultswhich she and Spector later includedin a book titled Through a Dog’s Ear.

Sound is a complex phenomenonconsisting of energy waves, the speed 

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of which are measured in units called hertz (Hz). Asingle Hz unit equals one wave cycle per second. Thenormal range of sound heard by the average healthy,
hearing human is about 20-20,000 Hz.

Although audible frequencies vary from onespecies to another, most animals have a much higherrange of perception than that of the human, and dogscan receive up to at least 50,000 Hz.

Volume or loudness of sound is measured in 
decibels (dB). A whisper is measured at a rangeof about 30 dB’s and a normal conversation occurs 
somewhere in the range of 50 dB’s, while the averagerock concert measures in at around the 130 dB 
range although this particular measurement wouldvary considerably with today’s advanced soundtechnology.

Perception of sound is what we call hearing.
Dr. Wagner refers to the hearing side of sound asthe science of psychoacoustics, which involves anindividual’s psychological and physical orientingresponse to incoming Hz frequencies. In layterms, it is the way one perceives what one hears,
both biologically and mentally (and perhaps evenspiritually).

Although I typically prefer to refrain from usingtechnical terminology in this light-reading column, Idescribe these terms to help explain the overall pointI wish to emphasize, which is the positive impact thatclassical music can have on animals - particularly ondogs.

Interestingly, although perhaps not unpredictably,
the final outcome of Dr. Wagner’s 2005 study on howsounds affect the behavior of the dog re-confirmedthe findings of Dr. Wells’ research project back in2002. In short, because of physical sound receptorsand ability to interpret what is heard, a dog’s responseto sound is much like that of a human, althoughperhaps more intense.

Therefore, because of the way a dog hears andresponds to sound, it is safe to assume that classicalmusic is an excellent choice to bring relaxation andrest to our canine companions. Not that it tooka scientific study to prove that to me. I’ve seen theresults in my home when my Molly goes from barkingat the leaf blower to laying quietly on her bed, justbecause I turned on the Chopin. So when it comes tocalming the canine in my home, classical is definitelyour music of choice. 


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Inspired by the recenthigh temperatures,
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effective yogi cool 

Begin with a cooling asana practice and stay out ofhot yoga, at least for the summer. There are practicesthat can be satisfying from a cardiovascular point ofview and still cool the body while calming the mind.
Gravitate toward a gentler, less rigorous practice thatmay hold poses longer.

Second, add a cooling pranayama, or breath practice, toyour day. Sitali (rolling the tongue lengthwise) and Sitkari(inhaling through the teeth) are excellent for transformingyour inhalations into an air conditioner for you! Sitkari ispracticed by inhaling through the teeth, closing the mouth,
then exhaling through the nose. With Sitali, the tongue is 

rolled lengthwise and saliva is gathered in the center. Then 
inhale, bringing in the cool air and saliva down the throat.
Close the mouth and exhale out the nose. Repeat severaltimes. Both can aid in soothing excess heat and hot emotion.
Lastly, try giving as much attention to what you are puttinginto your body with food and drink as you would yourphysical asana practice. My favorite summer foods include:
watermelon, cucumber, cilantro, and coconut. I also use 
spices such as cardamom and turmeric for their calming andanti-inflammatory properties.

Are you feeling overloaded? Think of cooling excess heatby balancing your schedule too. Strive to lessen the burden 
in some way to steer clear of overheating, exhaustion, andirritation. 

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