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Do Dogs Love Music?

Do Dogs Love Music?
Do Dogs Love Music

You have probably heard your furry friend howling to your favorite song. But, why does he do that? Do dogs love music? Can music affect a dog’s behavior?

These are the questions we will try to answer in this article. So, let’s start.

Do Dogs Love Music?

Well, there is no simple answer as the preference towards listening to music changes from dog to dog. However, studies have shown that music can affect dogs’ moods. A study in 2002 has shown that dogs responded differently to different genres of music. For example, metal music made prompted dogs to be agitated and bark. On the other hand, classical music calms the dogs and reduced their stress levels. However, dogs that listened to grunge music seemed to be more tense, hostile, and sad. Also, harp music has been proven beneficial for hospitalized dogs. Those who listened to harp music had better heart rates and breeding than their counterparts.

How Can Music Help My Dog?

Music can help dogs that suffer from anxiety. Most dogs are afraid of loud sounds like those that fireworks and thunderstorms produce. Playing the familiar song during such occasions can have a calming and soothing effect on your dog. Another great choice is an audiobook which also has a calming effect on your dog.

Studies have shown that dogs were more relaxed and spend significantly more time lying than standing when listening to music, regardless of the genre. Also, dogs’ heart rate was decreased when listening to music.

How To Recognize Stressed Dog?

Several signs can reveal if your dog is stressed. 

These are:

  • Yawning
  • Trying to hide
  • Panting
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Pacing

Why Is My Dog Howling When Listening To Music?

Well, you may think your dog is trying to sing while listening to music by howling. However, no one knows for sure why dogs do this. Generally, wild canines howl when they call their pack to come together or when they feel sad and alone. 

Domesticated dogs don’t howl as much, although, howling is quite common in dogs that suffer from separation anxiety

Another probability is that the sound of the song simply sounds like howling to our furry friends. 

What Music Dogs Love To Listen?

Every dog is different and has a different personality. However, studies have shown that most dogs enjoy reggae and soft rock the most.