If you ever wondered about your dog's taste in music, you're probably a free thinker who has a lot of idle time. Not everyone comes up with the same notion. Apparently, you guessed it right! Dogs love music, too. In fact, listening to particular genres can even affect their behavior.
Researchers at the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow conducted a study saying, music affects dogs' behavior. They learned that majority of dogs may be inclined to soft-rock and reggae music.
For the study, dogs were exposed to five different genres of music, such as, soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae and classical. Results showed that pooches become more relaxed when listening to soft-rock and reggae songs.
However, the study suggested that dogs spent "significantly more time lying and significantly less time standing" regardless of the music genre played. By measuring the animals' heart rate, experts learned that dog's stress levels decrease when soft rock or reggae music is played.
Despite of the results, experts claim that every dog has different tastes in music. Prof Evans told the BBC
, "overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences."
This study could be the explanation behind the head-banging dogs we see in viral videos.
See! Those videos are real.
PhD student Amy Bowman said in a statement
, "we were keen to explore the effect playing different genres of music had.
"It was clear that the physiological and behavioural changes observed were maintained during the trial when the dogs were exposed to a variety of music."
You may now know your dog's musical preferences by observing his behavior during a music played. Who knows? You might even get notable tips about music and its true art -- from your dog.