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Oct222014

Wednesday Wonder: The iCalmDog

There’s probably quite a few of us who have a canine companion at home. Some of us might have brand new puppies filled with puppy energy and others might have older dogs who would much rather chill on the couch than play fetch. But, no matter the age of your four-legged friend, they all share one thing in common and that’s their own fair share of anxiety.

Dogs can get anxious too when it comes to different stressers in their life! Meeting new people, going to the vet, or even you just leaving for work in the morning can all set your dog over the edge. But, unlike us, they’re not exactly equipped to deal with that stress on their own. We’re pretty sure they don’t know how to count backwards from 10 and the only yoga move they can do is downward facing dog.  

Now that's one comfy-looking canine (Image via Mashable)

So, that’s why Lisa Spector and Joshua Leeds got together to create something to help our poor pooches. Based on the same idea that music can help calm us when we’re stressed, they created the iCalmDog. It’s a device specifically created to help relax your dog in stressful situations using specially-composed music that’s designed to calm and relax.

However, the pair didn’t just stick in a recording of some piano music and call it a day. Although they did stick with classical music, which has been shown to be the most effective, Leeds said they really focused on three important elements to make the music suitable for canine ears. Tone was adjusted to fit a dog’s broader hearing range, tempos were slowed down to help calm, and patterns were simplified, making it easier for dogs to pick up and process the music.

Rock out, Buster (Image via ThroughADogsEar)

Now, when it comes to the actual device, it includes a built-in battery that can last for up to 6 hours at a time and includes 4 hours of pre-loaded calming music, which plays on repeat. If you want that calming music to play all day while you’re at the office, there’s also a battery boost option for up to 12 hours of music playback.

But, the thing we really like about this device is that it’s not just limited to helping calm your dog. Although only the calming music is actually included with the speaker, there are a variety of other music packs you can buy that are designed for more specific purposes. They’ve got programs specifically tailored for new puppies, for helping with dogs who are afraid of thunder, and they even have packs designed to help train your dog, like the ones for separation anxiety and aggression.   

Sweet dreams, Buster (Image via ThroughADogsEar)

However, price could definitely be a make it or break it factor for this little speaker. The standard edition will run you roughly 80 bucks, while the battery boost option knocks it up to nearly 120 bucks. It could be a steep price to pay when there are surely other options out on the market. Plus, your wallet is going to hurt even more if you consider adding additional music packs, which range anywhere from $30 to $45 depending on which type you get.

So, while this seems like a good option for stressed out dogs, you might want to check out what else is on the market and do some comparison shopping before dropping that $80.

(Story via Mashable)

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