If you’ve ever wondered what type of music dogs prefer, we have your answer.
A study done by researchers from the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasglow examined how different genres of music can influence a dog’s stress level, and found that man’s best friend prefers reggae and soft rock the most.
Researchers used heart monitors to compare the stress levels of shelter dogs when playing various types of music, including classical, pop, soft rock, reggae and Motown. The study found that prolonged exposure to any music increased the amount of time a dog spent lying down in a calm state as opposed to standing on all fours. Turning the music off often incited barking, too.
While not all dogs were ready to chew the same concert tickets, researchers found that reggae and soft rock had the highest rate of success when used to calm a canine.
Neil Evans, who co-authored the study, explained that “overall, the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences. That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior.”
The study, which was recently published by the journal of Physiology and Behavior, set out to find music that would help make a dog’s transition into shelters less stressful. The Scottish SPCA has already begun installing a sound system into its kennels, with a playlist that’s heavy on reggae and soft rock.
If you’re planning on using music to calm your own dog at home, keep in mind that you may have to do a little trial and error to find out if your pup is more into Bob Marley or Billy Joel.