Top of the pups: Dogs like reggae, soft rock

  • 27/01/2017
A dog wearing a reggae beanie (Getty)
Reggae music helps dogs de-stress, according to a new study (Getty)

When Snoop Dogg took up reggae, he changed his name to Snoop Lion. But new research suggests he was barking up the wrong tree.

Why? Dogs like reggae, a new study out of the UK has found.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow teamed up with the Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) to see if dogs had a music preference.

Dogs at a rehoming centre in Dunbarton were played not just reggae, but also soft rock, Motown, pop and classical.

While the dogs spent "significantly more time lying and significantly less time standing" when any music was played, they responded best to reggae and soft rock.

Their heart rates slowed when the two chilled-out genres were pumped into their kennels, which the researchers interpreted as a decrease in stress levels.

Dog on a rock (Getty)
Dogs also like soft rock (Getty)

But don't be surprised if hits like Bob Marley's 'One Love' don't work on your own pup.

"Overall, the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that, like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences," said study leader Professor Neil Evans.

"That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behaviour."

It's hoped the research will give kennels a new way to make their residents feel at home.

"In the future every centre will be able to offer our four-footed friends a canine-approved playlist, with the view to extending this research to other species in our care," said Gilly Mendes Ferreira, SSPCA spokeswoman.


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