Every dog has its day…and, apparently, its individual taste in music. But a new study indicates the overall canine preference is for reggae and soft rock.
Researchers from the University of Glasgow and the Scottish SPCA played five different types of music to a group of test dogs: pop, Motown, classical, reggae and soft rock. Each day featured six hours of one particular genre, as the investigators measured such responses as heart rate, cortisol levels and barking.
Music of all types made the dogs less stressed. But the pooch playlists that really mellowed them out were reggae and soft rock. Those two styles led to “the most positive behavior changes,” according to the study.
For your dog, results may vary. As University of Glasgow professor Neil Evans concluded, “the response to different genres was mixed – highlighting the possibility that , like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences.”
The Scottish animal welfare group plans to install sound systems in each of its centers to help soothe the stresses of a kennel stay with “a canine-approved playlist.”