The Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, has teamed up with the University of Glasgow to find out what kind of dogs like to listen to.
PhD student Amy Bowman said, “The research, which took place at the Scottish SPCA centre in Dumbarton, clearly shows that music has an effect on a dog’s behaviour.
“We were keen to explore the effect playing different genres of music had, and 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.”
Professor Neil Evans said, “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences.
“That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behaviour.”
But how do they feel about ska?
The Scottish SPCA will be tricking out (cool kids still say that, right?) the kennels with sound systems. Right now their Edinburgh and Glasgow centres pipe music into the kennels, and the other centres will be updated in the future.