|Does your dog like music?|
Some people leave the TV or radio running for their pup while they are out, in hopes of calming them and keeping them occupied by the sound, while other people don't believe this to be necessary. We decided to look into the research, and see what had been found out about your cockapoo's taste in music. Or if she has any at all! Here's what we found.
There have actually been several studies into the music and dogs question, and they all seem to have similar results. One experiment of note was not a scientific study at all, but rather some dog lovers who were also composers and musicians. In 1980, a concert was created and performed in Carnegie Hall, called Howl. It was a musical work composed for 3 canines and 20 human voices. The composer was a pianist and he also wrote two more musical works before 1985, which incorporated dogs howls, barks, and yips into the presentation. Those were performed for humans, so we don't really know how dogs would have felt about them, had they been part of the audience!
Since then, the studies that have been done involve dogs in shelters or boarding kennels mostly, although some research has been done in studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, by an animal psychologist named Charles Snowden. He decided that music could be created for dogs with different tempos from human music, due to the dogs having a different sense of pitch and different heart rate. The studies say that humans react to music in a different way than dogs, due to it being specifically tailored to beats and tones that the majority of humans recognize easily. Therefore, Snowden worked with a composer to create species specific music for dogs. Some of the beats were slowed or tones removed to sound more soothing.