Why Does My Dog Cry When I Sing?
Dogs are social animals. They live with other dogs, cats, ferrets and even humans. All these different types of animals have their own unique way of communicating with each other. Some of them use vocalizations while others use body language or facial expressions. But all these communication methods are used to express emotions such as happiness, sadness, fear or surprise.
So what makes our furry friends cry when they see us singing?
The answer lies in the fact that dogs have evolved over millions of years to be able to recognize human faces. Their eyesight is not perfect but it’s good enough for recognizing humans. When we sing, we make some sounds which are similar to those made by humans when they’re happy or sad. These sounds trigger a part of the brain called the amygdala which is responsible for emotional responses. The amygdala then sends signals to various parts of the brain involved in emotion.
When these signals reach the prefrontal cortex, they cause a reaction. For example, if your amygdala senses that something bad might happen to you or someone else if you don’t stop singing, it will send out a signal telling your frontal lobe (which controls judgment) to stop thinking about the problem and just focus on enjoying yourself.
Sometimes this process can go wrong and cause a human to feel sad or even suicidal when they hear music. The brain begins to send out the signals but for some reason the frontal lobe doesn’t get the signal and so continues to feel sad or depressed. If you notice that your pet dog begins to cry whenever you sing, it might be because of this condition. You need to visit a psychiatrist as soon as possible and get the problem fixed.
If you like singing while your pet is around, you can consider signing in a key that’s higher or lower than what other people can understand. Most dogs can’t hear high-pitched noises as well as humans so singing very high or low should keep your pet from feeling sad.
Why Do Dogs Howl To Music? Are They Enjoying Themselves Or Objecting?
Have you ever wondered why does my dog howl to music?
There are many theories about this but the most common one is that they actually enjoy it. This sounds a bit silly at first but think about it for a moment.
How do you react when you hear your favorite song?
If you’re anything like me, you will begin to sing and dance along with the music.
Now think about dogs. They wag their tales, sprint back and forth and get excited when they hear sudden noises. This is because sounds like footsteps, a squeaky toy or a squeaky door are almost always followed by something good.
So if a sudden sound makes your dog excited and happy, it only makes sense that he will react the same way to music which is basically a combination of all these noises packed into a neat little package.
But why do dogs howl along with the song?
A lot of experts believe that this has something to do with howling as a form of communication. This means that your dog isn’t howling because he likes the music. He is howling because he is excited and wants to express that feeling to other canines nearby.
This brings us to the question of why do dogs howl in the first place?
There are a few theories about this as well. The most common one is that it’s a method of calling over other dogs in the area so that they can communicate with them and form a pack.
Somehow this theory doesn’t quite make sense though since dogs are generally able to communicate with each other even if there’s no howling involved. Also, if this were the case, you would expect to hear more howling from dogs living in the wild away from human settlements.
A more likely explanation is that howling is a way for a dog to express its feelings or even its thoughts. Basically, your dog howls because it feels like doing so.
What Are The Benefits Of Music For Dogs?
There are many proven benefits of music for people but what about your dog?
Well, it seems that just like with us, music can have a positive effect on your pet as well.
If you have been wondering “can dogs hear music?”
then the answer is definitely yes. Most dogs will be drawn to the sounds of piano, organ or guitar (in that order) above all other instruments.
Along with this, your pet will probably show a preference for certain types of music. Classical music seems to be popular among the canine crowd while heavy metal or punk tends to have the opposite effect and will actually cause them to behave abnormally.
While you may think that it’s weird to play soothing music for a dog, it can actually help them relax and reduce their anxiety if exposed to it on a regular basis. Music can also help to distract them when they are alone and help them deal with any fears or phobias that they may have.
If you want to know how to play music for dogs, it’s actually simpler than you think. The first thing that you should do is check with your vet to see if your pet has any particular music that will upset it in any way. After that, you can try out different types of music to see how your dog reacts to them.
Classical music as mentioned earlier is a good all-rounder but some dogs may prefer other genres or even a specific composer. Some other types of music that your dog may like include folk, jazz, rock or pop. Some folks have even reported success with hip hop or rap music.
As long as you keep the volume low enough then there shouldn’t be any reason why your pet shouldn’t like it. Just don’t try anything too crazy, otherwise you may have a frightened and confused dog on your hands!
What Equipment Do I Need?
If you want to play music for your dog, then you obviously need some sort of equipment to do so. If you like, you can go all out and get yourself a whole home karaoke system or even just a portable CD player to use solely for your pet.
Most folks don’t have that sort of money to spend on a whim so the more affordable solution is to just get a simple radio. It doesn’t really matter what type of radio you get as long as it has a USB or audio input so that you can plug in your mp3 player to it.
Another thing that you will need is some speakers. Again, it doesn’t really matter what type you get as long as you can attach your speakers to your mp3 player. If the input is of the USB variety then you can even use the speakers that came with your device and hook them up to some old desktop speakers.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then head down to your local dollar store and pick up a cheap radio there. They usually have a good selection and they are perfect for this sort of thing.
If you have an old set of computer speakers that you don’t use anymore, then you can always hook those up to your mp3 player as well. Just be sure to turn the volume down on your device so that you don’t deafen your dog (or neighbors!)
How Do I Use Music For Dogs?
Using music for dogs is actually very simple process. All you have to do is play the music and choose a song that fits your mood.
The great thing about music is that it can be used for almost anything. You can use it to make your dog feel safe and relaxed or you can use it to motivate it when training. Likewise, you can use music to help sooth and relax you as well, helping you deal with any anxiety or stress that you may be feeling on a particular day.
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Why do songs have words? by D Hesmondhalgh – 2013 – books.google.com
Performing rites: On the value of popular music by S Frith – Contemporary Music Review, 1989 – Taylor & Francis
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Reality is broken: Why games make us better and how they can change the world by A Seeger – 2004 – books.google.com