Dogs are very cute and well-adjusted species. They are at the forefront of pets that crave human care and closeness. Therefore, those who like to keep pets at home generally choose dogs. They quickly adopt many human-like behaviors. We know that listening to music for stress relief has an effect not only on humans but also on animals. But researchers at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland, have found that classical music is more appealing to dogs.
Researchers have observed that stress levels in dogs increase when owners leave their pet dogs alone at home. Some dogs become very aggressive and often their emotional stress goes on to hurt others. Dogs raised on the street can be more aggressive than this. But with proper training, it becomes easier to control the behavior of the pet dog that we raise at home. Researchers at Queen’s University claim that classical music can calm dogs to some extent.
The experiment was conducted on dogs cared for in rescue shelters. Previous Scottish research has also suggested that classical music has an effect on dogs.
Researchers at the Animal Behavior Center at Queen’s School of Psychology then decided to study whether classical music or audiobooks could reduce separation anxiety in pet dogs.
The researchers observed the dogs in a research room at the university without their owners playing only classical music without restraint. They studied many breeds in this way.
Each dog’s behavior was observed and recorded on video while both classical music and an audiobook were played.
The dogs listened to the audiobook and looked at the speaker playing it.
But the researchers found that listening to an audiobook did not reduce the short-term stress dogs felt when separated from their owners.” The researchers also say that effective change was seen in dogs that listened to classical music. The research paper titled “The effect of auditory stimulation on pet dogs” has been published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science. The study was led by Dr. Deborah Wells from QB’s School of Psychology.