Barking to the Beat: Dogs and Music

The other day, I noticed that whenever the radio was on – our dogs seem to be particularly quiet. Even Ginger doesn’t seem to want to bother Lulu like she usually does just for laughs(barks?)

So I decided to research the topic and see if there is a relationship between the music and the calm dogs.

The results? Dogs actually love music. According to a research carried out by Dr. Deborah Wells, dogs like music especially classic music. They seem not to like fast music such as pop and rock. That gave me the answer I was looking for! I tend to like classic music and whenever the radio is on in the house, it is tuned to a station that play classic music. My playlist is made up of classic music mostly. That explains the quiet dogs.


Music can be used to calm dogs down, as long as you keep in mind the kind of music dogs prefer. The advantage we have as dog parents is that dogs, especially large breeds, have vocal frequencies that are almost similar to that of adult males. If the same music was to be played for a cat, the response would be different because cats tend to have vocal ranges different from humans. Research shows for animals to respond to certain music, it has to be almost similar to the frequency of their vocalization, which can be measured with the resting heartbeat of the animal.


To achieve best results, the music needs to have sounds like birds chirping and dogs barking. The benefits of dogs having a ‘musical ear’ is that you can use the music to calm them down when they are unwell or to entertain them when you have to leave them alone in the house for prolonged periods. You can even invest in an iPod specifically for your pooch because why not? Then load a playlist that has music that matches the criteria I have outlined above. Your furry friend will thank you for it.


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