It turns out dogs are more like us than we could have ever imagined. It has been proven that they often take on the personalities of their owners, and now, studies are showing they even prefer certain genres of music.
The University of Glasgow partnered with Scotland’s Animal Welfare Charity in order to determine if certain genres of music appeal to dogs more than other genres by installing speakers in their kennels. The genres they tested were soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae, and classical.
The researchers kept detailed notes on the dogs’ stress levels by determining how much time they spent moving around, their heart rate, and other changes in their moods. “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences,” study author Professor Neil Evans said.
Although dogs have different tastes in music, two genres stuck out as the fan-favorites — soft rock and reggae. The dogs were recorded as relaxed and expressed positive behaviors when they were listening to those genres.
If you’re looking for a deeper connection between you and your pup, try playing them some soft rock or reggae — they’ll love it!