Skip to comments.Study: Dogs dig classical music
Posted on 11/03/2012 5:10:07 AM PDT by JoeProBono
FORT COLLINS, Colo.,- A Colorado State University professor said his research indicates dogs are soothed by classical music while heavy metal makes them anxious.
Lori Kogan, associate professor at CSU's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and lead author of the study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, said she and her team exposed 117 dogs to three types of music: classical, heavy metal and psychoacoustic classical music specifically designed to sooth animals, Postmedia News reported Friday.
Kogan said the dogs listening to classical music, which were of varying breeds, were generally more relaxed and restful than dogs in the no-music control group, while those listening to heavy metal displayed increased anxiety and unrest. Kogan said the psychoacoustic music had only a minimal calming effect on the canines.
"I did thousands of behavioral assessments over a period of four months ... So the likelihood that this is an error is pretty small," Kogan said. "It does fly in the face of what [Pet CD advocates] talk about, which is that more simplistic music should be more relaxing. The plus side is that you can download classical music for free."
I’ll assume they weren’t listening to the 1812 Overture
I don’t know about dogs and classical music, but some of my cats are absolutely hypnotized by Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland.” My theory is that it’s the weird high frequency phasing effects that sucks them in. They’ll sit, without moving, exactly in the stereo “sweet spot” through all four sides.
Or Hank, Jr.
I wonder if this is related to the music they play on airplanes nowadays while you're delayed on the tarmac and everyone is antsy about missing their connection.
Our 10 y.o. Aussie Mix is normally on alert mode, even when he’s resting, if his BFF, my husband is gone. I was listening to some Leonard Cohen one afternoon and was amazed at how quickly the music put him into a very sound sleep. Guess the gravely voice faked him out!
Are they all female cats?
I had a tortoiseshell cat who adored certain kinds of classical music involving wind and violin insturments.
After observing her hehavior I investigated and discovered that some instruments create high-pitched sounds similiar to those of a kitten’s distress calls.
Piccolo and violin solos were her favorites. Tina would sit on the back of my chair, face turned intently towards the radio, listening. As soon as the piece finished, she would get down and go about her cat business.
We once had a miniature poodle and were listening to the last movement of the Holst planets- where the choir quietly fades out. He was sitting up, suddenly his eyes starting fighting sleep, and then he literally slumped over asleep in one movement. one of the funniest things we ever did see.
Another example of our tax dollars being put to very good use.
Another example of our tax dollars being put to very good use.
LOL They do. My guys are pretty well rounded, musically. They don’t care for Green Day, though. Or Aerosmith. They probably like Bossa Nova, Stan Getz & Ottmar Liebert the best.
The last part of the William Tell Overture plays every night at the dinner table when they have their chicken & veggies. (Figuratively speaking. Like the flute players when Mr Douglas starts talking about farming on Green Acres)
G’ Mornin, Joe. :-D I’m up. We’ve got a Bile Acid test for our Murphy @ 9.
cute pictures! We’ll have to try classical music for our 3 dogs. My teen daughter has been playing reggae for them cuz she likes it, but I’d much prefer she and the dogs listened to classical! :)
Interestingly enough, when my daughter was a baby & toddler we played her a soothing classical music lullaby CD whenever she took naps or went to sleep at night. We later rediscovered the CD when moving (she was then 9 at the time), she played the CD while she was packing and she laid down and took a nap among the boxes. Guess the old music still had the same effect! :)
My cats seem pretty comfortable with the background music of Bejeweled Blitz.
Dog knows what he likes.
I had a cat who would attack the speakers if she heard Axl Rose’s voice. “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” particularly set her off.
More importantly, Dog knows what he doesn’t like.
Great capture, Joe. Discovered Dog’s name is “Bailey”.
love the head nod!
I dabbled with a bassoon for a while, and every time I played it the dog would do that head-tilt thing.
I got a good laugh out of that. Thank you.
Have you ever had an English Setter or other hunting dog? They love gunfire.
Had a beagle...he was afraid of guns.
Mine was afraid to even see one.
Thanks for the pic!
I must be a dog then.
I LOVED that video! That dog was smilin’ and gettin’ down to the music. He’s got rhythm, too.
I know for a fact my two mini schnauzers HATE 80’s music... when I turn it on to clean house, they want outside :) They get a full 5 hour dose of the local Christian radio music when I’m gone to work though and seem to like it just fine. Good doggies.
Linda-The-Dog was completely transfixed and enchanted for the full 16 minutes of Pink Floyd’s epic “DOGS”. (I think they had subliminal doggie sounds, even when there was nor barking in the score).
Torey-The-Dog(RIP) preferred the classics, especially “Faradole’ by Bizet.
Ha Ha Ha! I do that too! Here are the silly lyrics i wrote to “Farandole” for Torey-The-Dog(RIP)
A life— of— ease!
It’s so pleasant to do what you Ple-e-e-ease.
In the Shade
So the sun won’t scorch
Her insulated igloo’s on the porch.
She is free from—ticks and fleas,
Although her medicine makes— her— Snee-eee-eeeze.
Of South Florida she’s the Queen,
Her paws wiggle when she has a dream.
A Dog’s life
Can be Kind neat.
Her only job is to be cute and swee-ee-ee-ee—eet
Eat, Drink, Play
Take Mama for a jog,
Life is Lovely just being a DOG.
Linda-The Dog loves Carmina Burana:
Oh Oh Oh
We just love her so
She’s so sweet and she’s so cute we’ll never let her go
Lovely Little Linda is our Pero, Our pero, Our pero!
Both LOVED it when i Play Hanon Exercises 1-40 on the piano...go figure.
Torie and I used to howl together in a nice duet!
Linda has not yet mastered that skill, BUT Torie was a Border Collie/Jack Russell so her IQ was off the charts.
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