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A couple of the latest scientific studies have demonstrated that the behavior of dogs may be influenced by the kind of music they are listening to.
When a group of scientists led by Deborah Wells, an animal behaviorist employed by Queens University in Belfast, Northern Island, subjected 50 dogs in an animal shelter to Vivaldis, The Four Seasons, Greigs Morning and other classical pieces, the dogs started to be calm and laid down.
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Whenever the scientists played music by Metallica and other heavy metal bands, the dogs became distressed and commenced barking.
Pop music and radio talk shows appeared to have little impact.
An identical research project carried out at the Rehoming Center of the National Canine Defense League in Evesham, England produced similar results.
“It is well established that music can influence our moods,” explained Wells. “Dogs may be as discerning as humans when it comes to music.”
“Dogs have a taste in musical styles just as people do,” stated Alison Jaskiewicz, cofounder of the Canine Freestyle Federation, which is devoted to extending the scope of dog training by adding choreography to it. “If you move dogs to different types of music, you will see their preferences reflected in their bodies, in their eagerness to move, in their tail set, in their ear set, etc.”
An Arizona Animal Welfare League has began playing classical music to calm animals at its no-kill shelter.
The music comes courtesy of Scottsdale residents Scott Goldberg and Hannah Romberg, who paid for the installation and service for the Muzak system that provides the music constantly via satellite, explained Cheryl Weiner, the league’s Vice President.
A United Kingdom study published in the journal Animal Welfare shown that shelter animals significantly spend more time in a peaceful state whenever exposed to classical music.
Goldberg said he observed the relaxing effect of music on his 2 cats and 2 dogs, and he desired to extend the service to the shelter animals.
There are additional advantages.
“The dogs bark less and are more relaxed when people visit the shelter,” Weiner explained. “Visitors stay longer and spend more time with animals, so more may be adopted.”