Does your dog react when you turn up the radio?
If you’re cranking out the tunes and they run or start to howl, there may actually be a scientific reason behind it.
It turns out that while they may be man’s best friend, they may not be enjoying your choice in music!
According to a study by the Scottish SCPA (the Scottish version of our RSPCA) and the University of Glasgow, dogs showed “the most positive behaviour changes” when they were played reggae as well as soft rock according to Professor Neil Evans.
The dogs in the study were also played Motown, pop, and classical, but it turns out that reggae had the most positive response.
Professor Evans said: “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences.”
The study found dogs spent “significantly more time lying and significantly less time standing” when music was played, regardless of genre.
By measuring the dogs’ heart rate, researchers said they showed a decrease in stress levels when played music – particularly when it was soft rock or reggae.
So there you go, next time you need some music to sooth your pooch, put on some Bob Marley and watch them chill out ‘mon!
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