Classical Music Calms Stressed Dogs? Study Says Yes
Turn off Bieber and turn up the Beethoven
A new study featured in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior asserts that classical music might be the best way to calm an anxious pooch. Lead author of the study, Lori Kogan of Colorado State University, found that classical music by Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and the like may reduce stress in dogs, and is more soothing than "psychoacoustic" music or specially-made Pet CDs designed to calm animals. These research findings may be helpful for the welfare of animals in stressful shelter environments.
Kogan and her research partners analyzed the behavior of 117 dogs of various breeds, all from one kennel; 83 were boarders (dogs that are temporarily housed for a fee) of different breeds and 34 were rescued dachshunds. Their research involved thousands of behavioral assessments over the period of four months where dogs were exposed to 45 minutes of three different genres of music while their behavior was recorded every five minutes.
Pets Prefer Mozart To Metallica
Ultimately, classical music was linked to more relaxed and restful behavior, while heavy metal was linked to greater anxiety and unrest. [No shocker here!]
These findings are not all that surprising. My dogs definitely prefer more mellow, ambient music over metal anyday.
How about your dogs - do you agree with these findings?
Speaking of heavy metal - check out these headbanging kittens!