The Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, have put their heads together with the University of Glasgow to release and peer and pupper reviewed study examining how dogs react to music, and different genres of music.
While it turns out, surprise surprise, that dogs pretty much froth whatever music is coming at them, Professor Neil Evans concluded that “reggae and soft rock showed the highest possible changes in behaviour.”
A new study out of Scotland has proven that dogs love the sound of music, especially easygoing reggae and soft rock. Woof woof.
PhD student Amy Bowman, who is probably the world’s greatest example of the “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” mantra, had the following to say after the study concluded:
“We were keen to explore the effect playing different genres of music had, and it was clear that the physiological and behavioural changes observed were maintained during the trial when the dogs were exposed to a variety of music.”
The studies were carried out at the Scottish SPCA centre in Dumbarton, and holistically showed that doggos do indeed froth a great tune. In the words of Professor Evans:
“Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences.”
So while reggae may have been the clear winner, there’s a chance your pup has preferences of their own. Happy encourages all scientific study in this field – grab some treats and put on a couple of records.
Via Scottish SPCA.