A study conducted by the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow played different genres of music to their test dogs – including reggae, soft rock, classical, Motown and more – before measuring their varying reactions.
“The research, which took place at the Scottish SPCA centre in Dumbarton, clearly shows that music has an effect on a dog’s behaviour,” the study reveals.
“We were keen to explore the effect playing different genres of music had, and it was clear that the physiological and behavioural changes observed were maintained during the trial when the dogs were exposed to a variety of music.”
Measuring their heart rate, the study found that the dogs’ stress levels fluctuated with different genres.
While it was found that each dog can have his own taste in tunes, overall reggae and soft rock “showed the highest positive changes in behaviour”.