Saturday, 10 November 2012
Dog House Blog, You Hum it, I Will Sing It!
Bach is better than Black Sabbath, Strauss is superior to Slayer, and Mozart is a must over Motorhead? Well at least when it comes to keeping dogs calm. Studded collars and a Bach worse than its’ bite. might suggest otherwise but new research shows dogs prefer classical music to heavy metal. Researchers from Colorado State University found that shelter dogs were less likely to bark and more likely to sleep when played classical music. That is mutts for Mozart then. What's Mozart doing right now you ask? Decomposing! Heavy metal on the other paw was found to have the opposite effect. Such music induced nervous shaking and barking, stopping the canines from getting any sleep. Well so does turning on a vacuum cleaner, you should see the effect that has around here? Music selections were played for 45 minutes with behavioural observations recorded every 5 minutes. Each music selection was followed by a period of silence, resulting in thousands of behavioural recordings. Compared to the control condition of no music, classical music was linked to a more relaxed and restful behaviour whilst heavy metal was linked to throwing tempo tantrums and agitation. Can you Handel it? See you Bach for more! What do you like to listen to?