I always assumed my Chihuahuas must be Drake fans, like me, but science says your dog might just be a Bob Marley lover.
Cue up your Spotify playlists, because music could be the key to helping your four legged best friend be more relaxed!
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with University of Glasgow researchers, conducted a study where they played music spanning across 5 different genres to dogs in the shelter.
They played the dogs reggae, Motown, pop, soft rock, and classical music.
In order to determine how stressed or relaxed the dogs were during the different types of music, researchers kept a close eye on their cortisol levels, heart rate variability, and even certain behaviors they exhibited such as lying down and barking.
The dogs had quite different reactions to each type of music, which means dogs, like people, definitely display preferences towards different genres.
That’s pretty neat, but what’s even more interesting is that all the dogs that participated in the study did show a very slight inclination towards reggae and soft rock.
“Reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behaviour.” Professor Neil Evans said.
The bottom line is that music can definitely help dogs relax and calm down, and they do prefer to have a variety of music to listen to.
In light of this, the Scottish SCPCA posted this on their website:
“Having shown that variety is key to avoid habituation, the Scottish SPCA will be investing in sound systems for all their kennels.
In the future, every center will be able to offer our four footed friends a canine approved playlist with the view to extending this research to other species in the charity’s care.”
Well, I’m off to go make some new playlists for my dogs, and you can check out the study here, in the journal Physiology and Behavior.
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