Dogs Have Music Preferences – They Like Reggae And Post-Rock The Most

February 3, 2019


It appears that our canine friends have a refined musical taste. According to a new study, dogs like certain music genres more than others and if their music taste is anything to go by, most of our pooches are actually super chilled.

The University of Glasgow and Scotland’s Animal Welfare Charity (SPCA) have joined forces to conduct an interesting research looking at the musical taste of dogs, and the results they gleaned are pretty amusing.

Especially if you are into chill music like reggae and soft/post-rock.

Keep Calm And Listen To Reggae (With Your Dog)

The researchers played several different genres of music to a group of dogs through sound systems installed in kennels and they then monitored their stress levels by keeping track of how much time they moved around, but also recorded their heart rate and other physiological changes.

“Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences,” says study author Professor Neil Evans, from Glasgow University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

When the study was done, the research suggested it was actually reggae and soft/post-rock that canines liked the most.

These genres stuck out as the consistent favorites, as the dogs were notably more chilled out and expressed more positive behaviors when exposed to those genres.

“At present, both our Glasgow and Edinburgh centers are able to pipe music into their kennels”, says Gilly Mendes Ferreira, of the SPCA. “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.”

So next time you decide to chill with some reggae, make sure your furry friend is there next to you. One love!

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