Classical calms and heavy rock agitates.
An interesting study about the effect of different types of music on kennelled dogs. (by Kogan, Schoenfeld-Tacher & Simon). The goal was to determine if different types of music had different types of effects on dogs. The results suggested that 1) “classical music” increases the amount of time the dogs spent sleeping, and 2) “heavy metal” music increased body shaking (or trembling). See the full article, New Research on Dogs and Music by Patricia McConnell here.
Through a Dog’s Ear research found that even the instrumentation and tempo of the classical music can produce marked differences in results. Solo instruments, slower tempos, and less complex arrangements had a greater calming effect on the tested dogs than faster selections with more complex harmonic and orchestral content. See here for musical tips for behaviour issues.
Many of the dog owners I go to leave TV on all day and when they are out, unaware of dogs’ sensitive hearing. To calm a dog best, it’s logical to have calm quiet music with out noisy advertisement breaks and sound effects. Those most reactive dogs who could do with calmer sounds, are those most like to bark at things on TV. Here is such a case.
Theo Stewart, The Dog Lady
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