A recent study conducted by the University of Glasgow with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals examined dog’s responses to different varieties of music. Overall dogs were generally less stressed when they listened to music. This response was measured by examining the dog’s heart rates, cortisol levels and certain behaviors like barking or laying down. Overall dogs appeared to enjoy reggae and soft rock the most with Motown having the greatest preference.
This research makes a strong case for the use of music as a calming technique for animals. The Scottish SPCA will be looking into installing sound systems into their kennels. This may help reduce stress in shelter animals and provide a more hospitable environment.
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