New Study Finds Reggae is Favorite Music of Dogs


Every once in a while, a piece of scientific research comes along that puts a smile on your face.  Here’s one of those cases!  We know that music has a strong effect on human emotions, but now there’s proof that certain kinds of music…especially reggae...have a calming effect on dogs in stressful situations, like animal shelters.



Research conducted by the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow at an animal shelter in Dumbarton, Scotland examined the effects of music on the behavior of the resident dogs.  Different genres of music were played for the dogs, and their responses were analyzed.



The results?  Reggae and soft rock music have the most positive influence on the dogs’ behaviors.  Previous research has also found that classical music works well for dogs, too.  The Scottish SPCA reports that they will soon be installing sound systems in all of their kennels.  Currently the dogs in the Glasgow and Edinburgh animal centers can enjoy music, and in the near future dogs in all of the SPCA facilities can enjoy the soothing sounds of Bob Marley…but presumably not bagpipes!



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