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Pooches’ playlist

Published: Feb 2017

University study discovers what makes the perfect canine playlist.

Reggae and soft rock have been found to be the music of choice for dogs, so says the University of Glasgow and the Scottish SPCA.

To come to this conclusion, researchers played five different genres of music for dogs in a rehoming centre, spanning from soft rock to Motown and recorded any changes in their dispositions over the course of two weeks.

It showed that soft rock and reggae caused the dog to exhibit “the most positive behaviour changes”.

Although, perhaps unsurprisingly, the study also found that dogs, like humans, have personal music tastes and respond differently to different genres.

Neil Evans, Professor of Integrative Physiology at the University of Glasgow said: “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences.”

Apart from being interesting, the findings of the study will have practical application and the SPCA in Scotland is adding sound systems to every branch, in an effort to curb kennel-based stress on the dogs.

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