Published on November 3rd, 2018 | by Alan Cross
My two faithful English bull terriers both demonstrate preferences when it comes to music. Squirt, the younger of the two, really mellows out whenever I play anything from Brian Enoâs ambient period. Music for Airports is a favourite.
On the other hand, Schmooze, the ten-year-old, prefers Bob Marley. Put on âThree Little Birdsâ or âNo Woman No Cryâ and sheâll immediately curl up next to me with a big smile on her face.
Turns out that sheâs not alone. Dogs really do love Bob Marley.
As reported in The Guardian, scientists who study dogs and musicâyes, thatâs a jobâhave determined that Bobâs music is quite popular with the canine market because dogs prefer genres that mimic their own heartbeatâlike Bobâs brand of reggae.
Studies like these have launched a new industry of dog-friendly music. And this isnât just something for dog parents looking to overly pamper their fur babies. Just as music can be used for therapy with humans, so it is with dogs.
Anyone knows how heartbreaking/frustrating it is to have a dog with separationÂ anxiety, hyperactivity, or a fear of loud noises (think thunderstorms). Music can be used to ease those anxieties and fears.
RelaxMyDog was established in 2012 as an all-natural drug-free way of helping stressed-out dogs. With 10 million users a month, the companyâs musical offerings have a huge following among dog owners. It may not sound like much to use, but having tested it on both my dogs, they seem to get something out of it.
Hereâs a sample.
It took less than 30 seconds for Squirt to start yawning and drift off with above mix. See?
And the reggae fan really dug this one.