The Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow published a paper in the journal Physiology and Behavior late last month that looked at how music affects dogs’ behaviour.
Dogs wearing heart monitors, were played five different genres of music: soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae and classical. Working off a 2015 study that determined that (classical) music relaxed dogs better than silence, researchers in the new study claimed to see even more of a decrease in stress levels and other positive behavioural changes when soft rock or reggae was played. Professor Neil Evans also suggested that dogs may have their own individual music preferences.
As a result of the study the Scottish SPCA plans to expand the sound systems in their shelters.
And if you’re more of a cat person, yeah, somebody studied that too.
Also check out this humorous playlist for dogs.
If you’re a reggae lover you might want to check out Black History Month’s Celebration of Music – Bob Marley Style at XCues Billiards Friday February 10th at 8pm. (February 6th was Bob Marley Day.)
If you’re a dog lover, consider the 13th annual D’Arcy’s A.R.C All You Can Eat Pawsta Dinner. Saturday February 11th at the Winnipeg Winter Club. Two seatings 5pm & 7:30. $15 for adults, $10 for kids.