The Physiology and Behavior published a new study that suggests dogs in animal shelters love listening to reggae and soft rock more than other genres.
A group of researchers with the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasglow conducted a study on how different musical genres affect the level of stress of shelter dogs.
The respondent dogs had heart monitors while listening to different music which includes pop, classical, and Motown. The result says Reggae ranked on top at reducing canine stress.
Professor Nell Evans of University of Glasgow said, “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences. That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior.”
With this study, Evans believes that reggae music must be piped into animal shelters to reduce the stress the dogs feel especially those who just newly arrived. The Scottish SPCA now plans to install sound systems into all of its kennels with a canine-approved music playlist.
“We want the dogs to have as good an experience as they can in a shelter,” Evans said. He also shared that people considering pet adoption would “want a dog who is looking very relaxed and interacts with them.”