Singer, songwriter gnash (best known for the smash hit, “i hate u, i love u”) shares his life with a rescue dog named “Daisy,” who suffers from anxiety and stress. Daisy has been put on medication to help control her stress levels, but gnash wanted to do something more to help his companion. As a musician, a project involving a song seemed to be the logical path to take.
After heading to a recording studio, with Daisy in tow, gnash began to put together a calming track to put his pup at ease. The results, captured in a YouTube video (“gnash’s pet project – making music for dogs”) shows Daisy’s immediate (and impressive) reaction to the calming sounds.
Daisy went from anxiously snapping at one of gnash’s friends, to resting her head on his lap after the music starts to play. The impressive results were not limited to Daisy.
Gnash took his musical creation to the NKLA Pet Adoption Center to see how homeless dogs would react to the song, which of course is named “Song for Daisy.” Dogs at the adoption center immediately reacted in a similar manner – as soon as the song started to play, the dogs’ stress seemed to dissipate.
Reducing stress in shelter dogs is vitally important. Professor Neil Evans, Professor of Integrative Physiology at Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, explains to Digital Music News:
“We want to ensure that dogs, when they are awaiting adoption, have as good an experience as they can. Most people adopting from a shelter want a dog that is relaxed and interacts positively. Music can help dogs become less stressed and show their true personality.”
Listen (with your dog if you can) to gnash’s beautiful creation and see for yourself how wonderfully calming it is.
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