What is music to a dog’s ears?

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Here is my dog Pip loving the sound of his own voice.

Dr. Deborah Wells in 2002 undertook a research programme to determine the influence of five types of auditory stimulation on dogs: human conversation, classical music, heavy metal music, pop music, and a silent control (no music at all).

She found that “Classical music resulted in dogs spending more of their time resting than any of the other experimental conditions of auditory stimulation. This type of music also resulted in a significantly lower level of barking…… “ She concluded that heavy metal agitated the dogs, indicated by increased frequencies of standing and barking.

Dominique Pile and Dr. Jonica Newby tried it out in a rescue kennel for Catalyst TV in Australia. ‘We’re looking out for two things – their activity, whether they’re moving, standing, sitting, resting or sleeping; and their vocalisations – barking, quiet or any other noise’.

They also formed their own Doggy Choir!

Dogs of course don’t always howl because they are happy. They may howl because they are lonely.  Here is my story of one such dog I went to.

Theo Stewart, The Dog Lady

Go to the main website: www.dogidog.co.uk

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About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs-ABTC - AAB) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site: www.dogidog.co.uk
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