03 Sep Classical Music Calms Dogs
Maybe there was a good reason Snoopy liked listening to Schroeder’s music.
A recent study revealed that classical music has a calming effect on dogs who are living in kennels. The report, published in the journal Physiology and Behaviour, found that dogs who were exposed to classical music had lower heart rates and displayed less anxious behavior than dogs who went about their day in silence.
Finding ways to soothe dogs is important topic to animal welfare advocates as it is well documented that long-term life in a kennel or shelter can cause stress and negative behavior, even mental illness among canines. Given that dogs can be boarded in a kennel as long as a year, finding ways to improve a dog’s quality of life is important.
Gilly Mendes Ferreira, education and research manager for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lead the research team on dog behavior.
“Although by the end of the week their heart rates and behaviour associated with kennel stress had returned to normal, the initial findings are very encouraging and show that classical music does have a positive impact on the dogs’ welfare,” Ferreira said. “We want to make each dog’s time with us as comfortable as possible and this research is at the very forefront of animal welfare.”
We know that classical music can assist you as you study for tests, help you get a date, and help you become more productive at work. It was only a matter of time before scientists started tracking these benefits to animals.
So, the next time you see Fido. Skip the bone and play some Mozart!
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