Paws up if you love reggae

Paws up if you love reggae

Does your dog enjoy a bit of Bob Marley? New research suggests that he might!

The Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow has released new research that suggests dogs have different music tastes, with reggae music coming out as the favourite.

PhD student Amy Bowman says: “The research, which took place at the Scottish SPCA centre in Dumbarton, clearly shows that music has an effect on a dog’s behaviour.

“We were keen to explore the effect playing different genres of music had, and it was clear that the physiological and behavioural changes observed were maintained during the trial when the dogs were exposed to a variety of music.”

Neil Evans Professor of Integrative Physiology at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine added, “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 behaviour.”

Scotland’s animal welfare charity previously released research in 2015 that showed the impact classical music had on a dog’s behaviour. Having shown that variety is key to avoid habituation, the Scottish SPCA have announced that they will be investing in sound systems for all their kennels.