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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2002, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Dogs Shown to React to Music

Dogs Shown to React to Music
by Lisa R. Kindel

Two recent studies have shown that the behavior of dogs can be affected by the type of music they are hearing.
When a team of researchers led by Deborah Wells, an animal behaviorist employed by Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Island, exposed 50 dogs in an animal shelter to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Greig's Morning and other classical pieces, the dogs became calm and laid down.

When the researchers played music by Metallica and other heavy metal bands, the dogs became agitated and began barking.
Pop music - and radio talk shows - seemed to have little effect.
A similar research project conducted at the Rehoming Center of the National Canine Defense League in Evesham, England yielded comparable results.

"It is well established that music can influence our moods," said Wells. "Dogs may be as discerning as humans when it comes to music."

"Dogs have a taste in musical styles just as people do," said Alison Jaskiewicz, cofounder of the Canine Freestyle Federation, which is dedicated to broadening the scope of dog training by adding choreography to it. "If you move dogs to different types of music, you will see their preferences reflected in their bodies, in their eagerness to move, in their tail set, in their ear set, etc."

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2002, 03:49 PM
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That does not surprise me one bit. Ivan hates being home alone, so whenever we are gone, we play soft classical music, and he relaxes and sleeps. It neat to hear scientific studies about it though! I know my chin room always has soft music playing. i would guess all animals love it.
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Talk radio always puts ME to sleep!

My girls don't seem to pay a lot of attention to it, but I do always leave the TV's on so that they'll have "company". Birds, however, absolutely DO react to music - they like it loud and fast so they can sing along!


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This proves that all creation, including animals, has a love for music. After all, music has been around since the dawn of man.

I can't remember whether my Maxwell reacted to music or not, but I do know my Squiggy (cat) does. He actually likes it when I sing, he also loves the piano, but hates the violin. lol!

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