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Monday, January 20, 2020

Finding the Right Music to Relax Your Dog

Do you leave music playing or the television turned on for your dog when you go out for the day?

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According to a study published in the journal of Physiology and Behavior, dogs prefer the sounds of reggae or soft rock more than any other genre.

The study was conducted by the Scottish SPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). During the study, the researchers used six-hour playlists in different genres and measured the dogs heart rate, cortisol levels, and behaviours that measure stress levels, like barking or lying down.

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Like humans, the dogs had different preferences, but overall they found that the dogs reacted most positively to soft rock and reggae, while Motown increased their stress levels.

In a previous study it was found that dogs were calmed by classical music, but by the seventh day of listening they became restless again, indicating that they were becoming accustomed to it and tuning it out.

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We usually leave music on for our dogs. Occasionally it's country music or easy-listening, but lately I've been choosing spa-style music for them. I think it's more relaxing and gives them comfort.

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In doing a search online I have found more playlists tailored to dog relaxation that I would have ever imagined. There is Puppy Spa (Apple), Dog Spa Music (Spotify), Pet Sounds Therapy (Amazon), and many more. There are even lists that are specific to your breed (Youtube).

Spotify also has a cool little feature that helps you choose music based on your pet's personality. You answer a few questions about your pet, and they "curate" a playlist that matches your pet's style. How sweet is that?

Based on what scientists say, I might have to start mixing it up a bit - I only use Google Play Music now - though judging from the images I get from our pet cam, they're relaxing just fine.

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