How does music affect you? Does your mood change as the music changes? Well, animals react the same way. Dogs do react to music. Many scientific studies have proven that music does affect animals in much the same way as humans. Some animals have bigger reactions than others. For example, dogs have stronger reactions while cats appear to be mostly indifferent.
The effect of music on dogs have been tested more than once and all the tests say that they are affected. When they listened to heavy metal or rock music, they got agitated, anxious, and wild. When they listened to pop music, they were less affected and didn’t respond strongly. When they listened to classical music, they were calm and relaxed.
So how is this relevant?
Well, knowing that dogs respond well to classical music and that it calms them, can be beneficial to veterinarians and dog owners. A vet is a stressful place for dogs and vets can use music to calm them and make them feel less frightened and agitated. Dog owners can also make use of this type of soothing music when they know there will be fire crackers or other loud noises that may cause anxiety. By keeping the dogs inside and playing calming music, they can help their dogs relax and be less frightened.
This can make a huge difference in how you train your dog and help him or her adjust to new surroundings and people. If new experiences are accompanied by calming music, it may just help with the adjustment. Their response to heavy metal and louder music will also help you understand why your dog may be acting aggressively or become wild.
It has also been proven that other animals also respond to music in a positive way (with the exception of cats). Birds, cows, monkeys, elephants, and fish all respond to music in different ways. Elephants can make music and keep rhythm. Monkeys and cats respond to music or sounds that are made for them and include other animal sounds. It is said that birds react to music the same way as humans based on a study of their brains. Cows produce more milk when listening to mellow and relaxing music.
Clearly, music is not only universal in what it says and how it makes people feel, but also in how it makes animals feel. If you still believe that dogs do not have feelings and that they don’t understand things or don’t feel and react to atmosphere, you may need to change that view. Dogs are definitely responsive to other people’s or other animals’ feelings as well as music. Music can help them stay calm or it can agitate them in the same way that it does with humans.
If you don’t believe us, try it for yourself. Play some different kinds of music and monitor your dog’s behavior. We bet that you will see a difference. Once you have tried it, let us know your experience and what your dog’s favorite music seems to be.