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Dogs Are Super Chill

Based on music preferences alone, your dog and your dad probably have a lot in common. According to a 2016 study from the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow, dogs have individual music preferences, but reggae and soft rock scored highest across the board. Bob Marley and Fleetwood Mac it is!

In the study, dogs listened to five different genres of music: soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae and classical. (So, yes, there is a chance that dogs really love heavy metal…) The researchers then monitored the dogs’ stress levels by observing how much they moved around, their heart rate, and other physiological changes. No matter the genre, dogs spent significantly more time lying and less time standing when music was on. However, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior.

Thank God I am brought up listening to Bob Marley and all my dogs love dancing to his songs.



A study conducted by the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow shows that music has a calming effect on dogs.

The research, conducted by the charity’s education and research manager Gilly Mendes Ferreira and PhD student Amy Bowman, involved testing two groups of dogs over two consecutive weeks at the Scottish SPCA’s Dumbarton & West of Scotland animal rescue and rehoming centre in Milton, West Dunbartonshire.

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