Do Dogs Like Music?
I’ve written before about dogs watching television and what they really “see” when watching. None of my dogs have ever paid any attention to the TV, so I assume they just don’t see it.
But what about music? Do dogs hear and/or appreciate music?
Slimdoggy Steve is a hard rock/metal fan and he listens to it exclusively in his car and in his gym when working out. I like rock, especially when working out, but for driving or leisure listening I prefer alternative/folk/blues type of music. People have wide and varied taste in music. Do dogs have varied taste in music too? Do they prefer one type of music over another?
When we got our puppy Sally, I had a 2.5 hour drive home from the breeders with her by myself. I had arranged a crate in the back seat with the opening right at the break between the seats in the SUV so I could watch her. She was upset, whining and restless until I put on and oldie – “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys” by Traffic…whatever it was about the tune, it soothed her and she fell asleep. I would play it for her often through the years when she was sick or upset and it usually had the same effect.
This dog obviously has a preference for Frozen’s “Let It Go” over Charli XCX’s “Boom, Clap”.
And you’ve probably seen this viral video from a few years ago…still amusing.
Recent research into the use of music to increase calming in dogs is interesting and we have several CD’s that I’ll play for Jack & Maggie to calm them in certain situations. What’s exciting to read about this research is how it is being used at shelters and kennels to help keep dogs calm.
…”Sherry Woodard, CPDT-KA, and Animal Behavior Consultant for Best Friends Animal Society says, “We play it at DogTown and CatWord at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. “The cats are relaxed, and the dogs don’t bark when the music is playing. As a result, people who come to adopt stay longer. And that results in more adoptions”… 1.
What a great idea! How about YOUR dogs? What is their preference? Do they like to sing along?
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