From Soft To Reggae, To Rock, Dogs Have Musical Taste

New Research From The University of Glasgow Discovers Dogs’ Preference

By Catalina Barrios


As it turns out, dogs like a certain groove

One of my passions is music. Music has always been a part of my life. I remember waking and falling asleep to my parents’ music. I love Latin music, its rhythm is very contagious. When I want to relax I always put my Techno playlist on.

But this article is not about my love for music, which I can talk about for hours. As humans have their preferred choice of music, it turns out our furry friends do too.


Who would have thought that dogs have a favorite kind of music? My dog gets pretty happy when he hears music. He jumps and runs to the family room and ends up laying on his favorite couch, always beside my dad.

According to a recent study from Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow dogs have musical taste.


Does my dog like Latin music as much as I do? Let’s find out…

Dogs were played five different genres of music: soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae and classical. This was done through sound systems installed in kennels. Researchers monitored the dogs’ stress levels by analyzing how much they moved, their physiological changes as well as their heart rate.

Researchers found a decrease in the dogs’ stress level when soft rock or reggae was played. Perhaps your pup could enjoy some Marley!


Want your dog to feel relaxed? Playing music is a great option. The study said that dogs spent more time laying and a lot less time standing when music was played, regardless of genre.


Researchers tested 38 dogs in an animal shelter. Besides analyzing their heart rate, they also monitored their behavior when exposed to music. For approximately six hours each day, dogs were exposed to a range of musical styles.


One of the most interesting findings was that by exposing the dogs to a different type of music over a five day period, this increased the stress reduction, something that wasn’t seen when they were only exposed to one genre.


University of Glasgow professor Neil Evans noted that all dogs responded differently to the music, concluding that as humans, our furry friends also have their musical preferences.


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Planning on leaving your dog alone for a long period of time? Music will be their best therapy and companion.