Here’s one thing we can all agree on. Our lives are filled with stress. The pace of our lives alone is brutal, and we worry about everything. So is it any wonder that our dogs are stressed out, too?

The truth is, our dogs pick up on our emotions and react to the chaos in our lives. When we’re tense, they’re tense. When their lives feel chaotic, they become agitated. Our stress certainly impacts our four-legged friends.

And there are plenty of other things that can put your dog on edge:

A strange environment, being home alone for long periods of time, loud noises or thunder, long car trips – all of these things impact your dog’s sense of well being. Your pet’s nervous anxiety can manifest itself in many ways – a physical or behavioral issue, digestive problems, a change in appetite, hypertension, even depression.

When you or I are trying to unwind, soothing music or the gentle sound of the ocean’s waves can really help. Music can really be good for the soul, but that doesn’t just apply to humans. It’s also true for our pets. Studies of household pets have shown that music can definitely help them to relax. They have even identified certain sounds, songs and instruments that seem to work best.

For instance, dogs and cats prefer classical music. Cats will relax in front of a stereo speaker when classical music is playing. Dogs will actually bark less – especially when they listen to Bach. Household pets under stress-inducing situations will often slip into a very serene and peaceful state of mind after listening to classical music after only a few minutes.

To be an effective relaxation tool, music must have a consistently smooth, soothing dynamic from start to finish with no abrupt changes in tempo, volume or rhythm. That’s not usually the case with radio broadcasts or most “off-the-shelf” classical music Cds.

But recently, I discovered a new music CD called “Music My Pet.” Music My Pet was developed for the specific purpose of calming our pets and the science behind it is very sound. It re-orchestrates classical pieces by popular composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms using the instruments, sounds and musical dynamics proven to calm dogs, cats, and other household pets.

The musical genius behind this pet-friendly relaxation CD is Tom Nazziola, the award-winning musician who was the principle performer on Disney’s acclaimed Baby Einstein children’s Cds and DVDs.

So if you’re looking for a good way to help your dog cope with stress or just enjoy some really relaxing time, I suggest you take a closer look at this CD.

I think you’ll find it as innovative and relaxing as I did. And you’ll probably enjoy it as much as your dog.

Hope you are having a relaxing weekend!!