How does music affect an animal's behavior?

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How does music affect an animal's behavior?
Snakes are not charmed by music, but rather the movement of the flute. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The inherent nature of music is shared by humans and animals alike. Birds and whales are known for composing musical creations that often parallel the rhythm, length phrases, patterns and pitches of man's song. Music can alter the mood of animals by reducing stress, decreasing appetite in animals that have a tendency to overeat and aid in separation anxiety.

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Reduce Stress

Soft or classical music can mask sounds like thunder, fireworks, rumbling trucks and slamming doors that can cause unwanted stress in animals. It can also lower heart rate and anxiety. Pets suffering from separation anxiety are distracted and calmed by the music and are less likely to destroy property, overeat and be depressed.

Healing Power of Music

Classical music is soothing and can calm the nerves of canines suffering from epileptic seizures. Music can also stimulate and release endorphins in the brain that aid in pain reduction. Music has also been shown to calm nerves, relax muscles, improve digestion and increase restful sleep.

Animals Have an Innate Sense of Music

Birds and whales sing complex songs to communicate with each other. Music affects animals in nature, too. Whales will learn songs from other whales. Male whales will sing to impress their mates. Some species of birds sing duets to establish courtships.

Compact Discs for Pets

Compact discs are now being sold for pets offering musical therapy. These CDs are designed to relax and calm pets suffering from anxiety. CDs for animals encompass jazz, nature tunes, classical and ambient styles.

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