Put on the Bob Marley-- Your Dog Might Be a Reggae Fan

Posted by TF Oren

Or so says new research from the University of Glasgow.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow and the Scottish SPCA studied the effects of different styles of music on the stress levels of shelter dogs.

The dogs in the study wore heart monitors as they were exposed to a variety of musical genres ranging from Motown, to pop, to classical.

The best stress reliever? Reggae.


"Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual musical preferences...That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior," said Professor Neil Evans of the University of Glasgow in a press release.

Evans believes the findings have a potentially important practical application. Piping stress-relieving music into animal shelters could increase shelter dogs' chances of adoption.


"We want the dogs to have as good an experience as they can in a shelter," he told the Washington Post. Potential adopters will gravitate toward dogs that seem more relaxed and eager to interact with them, he added.

The Scottish SPCA seems to agree, as the organization now intends to install sound systems to play relaxing music into its kennels.

The study was published in the journal Physiology and Behavior and you can check it out here.

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Put on the Bob Marley-- Your Dog Might Be a Reggae Fan