Effects of Music on Dogs

Music has an effect on all of us. Whether it’s a disco track or a soft melodious tune, every piece of music affects us in some way or the other. And as it turns out, music doesn’t only affect humans; it also enthralls their best friend. Dogs are one of the brightest and most perceptive animals on the planet; they are quick at picking up things happening in their surroundings. From responding to their name to understanding the sound of a doorbell, canines are excellent at recognizing and differentiating sounds. That is why when you yell at your fur friend, they realize it and react to your scolding by sulking around for a while.

A dog’s ability to distinguish between different sounds doesn’t just affect how they hear, but also how they communicate. You may find your fur child’s howl the same every time, but to them, it’s different when they want it to be. For instance, your four-legged companion is most likely to howl in two different manners when expressing loneliness and when answering a call from other canines.

Since different sounds impact dogs differently, each music genre has a particular effect on a canine’s mood. So if you want to learn which tune you should play to appease your fur baby and which one you should avoid playing in front of them, then here is an extensive musical guide on dogs for you.

Classical Music

According to a 2002 study conducted by Dr. Deborah Wells and her associates at Queen’s University Belfast School of Psychology, classical music has a soothing effect on dogs. When canines are exposed to classical beats, they tend to bark less and calm down instantly.

So the next time you find your fur child romping around restlessly, play a classic symphony for them to bring down their uneasiness.

Heavy-Metal Music

Heavy metal is not a popular genre of music, even among humans. Typically, only hardcore music fans gravitate towards the aggressive style of rock music. Just like most people, dogs are also not too fond of heavy metal. Research shows that a dog’s mood turns sour after listening to a piece of the said form of rock music. During the study, most dogs stood up and left while heavy metal compositions were playing in the background.

If you are a Black Sabbath fan, try to keep your dear animal friend away from your musical preferences to make sure they stay happy. And if you aren’t cautious, you might find your pup barking and pacing around the house relentlessly.

High-Pitched Music

High-pitched sounds are most likely to elicit a howl from a dog. When canines hear a high-pitched note, especially from an instrument such as the flute or clarinet, they produce a howl. The intensity of the sound a dog produces upon hearing a high-pitched sound depends on how much the dog is affected or how it was feeling earlier. That is, if your dog is upset for some reason, then the chances are that it will give out a controlled howl to communicate its distress. But if your dog is in a happy mood, it may make a sound that matches the pitch of the piece it hears.

However, a high-pitched sound from a human can inspire a wail or yelp. The difference between a canine’s reaction to a sharp sound from an instrument and a human may be attributed to its ability to pick up on human emotions. That is, when a dog hears a person making a piercing sound, it may associate the noise with its owner being mad or in pain, which is why it may wail. But a shrill sound from an instrument doesn’t imply anything regarding human emotions; therefore, a dog reacts a bit more aggressively.

Harp Music

Harp music might be one of those genres of music that are love and appreciated by most people. There might be some exceptions, and you may know someone who doesn’t like the soothing harp melodies, but the chances are that the number of such people will be meager. Since most people like harp music, their best friend does too. Studies show that harp music has a positive effect on a dog’s mood.

Moreover, canines suffering from anxiety, restlessness, and high respiration feel considerably at ease after a harp therapy session. If your fur child is plagued with stress or anxiety, play a peaceful harp melody for them to provide them some comfort.

Soft Rock, Reggae and Pop Music

A team of researchers at the University of Glasgow conducted an extensive study on the effects of five musical genres on dogs, which include

  • Soft rock
  • Reggae
  • Pop Music
  • Classical
  • Motown

Thirty-eight dogs were used in the study, and the results proved that music is indeed the universal language. According to the research outcome, dogs tend to enjoy soft music and relax instantly, listening to the beat. During the study, most dogs spent time laying down or standing quietly when music was playing. And as soon as the sound was turned off, the dogs would start barking and become restless.

The experts concluded that sweet melodious tunes are sure to positively impact a canine’s moods and reduce stress levels.

Dogs are predisposed to getting anxious and becoming restless, which is why a large number of dogs suffer from anxiety. Aside from seeking professional help for your fluffy baby, you can use music to help them relax and enjoy life.

Find your Pup’s Jam

If you don’t know your little one’s musical preference yet, it’s time to find out. Play a bunch of compositions for your canine companion and observe which one calms them down the most. Once you know their jam, you’ll be able to help them better during times of distress.

And you never know maybe you and your pup end up bonding even more over your similar taste in music. But if you both end up on the opposite side of the musical sphere, then be sure to find a middle ground to keep matters harmonious between yourselves!

by Maria A Davidson  || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

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  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
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  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
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