Sign your dog up for a Spotify account now because research shows your dog enjoys music.
In a study conducted by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, researchers at the University of Glasgow played six-hour Spotify playlists from five different music genres to dogs in a shelter. On one day, researchers played soft rock and reggae; one day they played pop and Motown. The studied recorded their heart rate, cortisol levels and specific behaviors like lying down, barking, etc. They also studied them on days no music was played.
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The study showed dogs were less stressed while listening to music. The dogs also showed a preference for reggae and soft rock as they “showed the highest positive changes in behavior,” Neil Evans, co-author of the study and professor of integrative psychology said. He also mentions dogs might even have personal preferences to music. “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed.”
The result of the study, according to Evans, can significantly change settings in shelters all over the country. If dogs feel more relaxed while listening to music, shelters may want to consider playing music throughout the day for the dogs. This may also be a quick fix in making dogs more adoptable.
“We want the dogs to have as good an experience as they can in a shelter,” said Evans. He also added people “want a dog who is looking very relaxed and interacts with them.”
The Scottish SPCA said it would now be investing in sound systems for their entire kennels.
Gilly Mendes Ferreira, of the SSPCA said, “At present, both our Glasgow and Edinburgh centers are able to pipe music into 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 our care.” said the BBC.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity previously released research in 2015 that showed the impact classical music had on a dog’s behavior. The results showed dogs felt calm while listening to classical music but may become immune to the sounds and lose interest. In that case, dogs will need to listen to several varieties of music to remain interested and relaxed. The researchers suggest that this might indicate that dogs, like humans, prefer to listen to a variety of music.
When you’re getting ready to leave the house, don’t forget to turn on the radio, and keep it on something good, because your dog is listening.
Here is a list of songs to play for your dog about dogs:
- Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
- Martha My Dear – The Beatles
- I Love My Dog – Cat Stevens
- Dog’s Life – The Eels
- The Puppy Song – Harry Nilsson
- Cracker Jack – Dolly Parton
- Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old – Luke Bryan
- Old Blue – The Birds
- Wolves – Iron and Wine
- I’m Gonna Buy Me a Dog- The Monkees
Which ones did they love? Which ones did they hate?