Do Dogs Like Music?

Do Dogs Like Music?

Have you ever wondered if our canine companions enjoyed or benefited from listening to music? Recently, a lot of streaming services such as Spotify showed playlists specifically geared towards dogs and music. I mean, if Spotify has playlists for dogs then I think we know that dogs like music.

The concept of dogs liking music isn’t a new one. In 2010 Laurie Anderson performed a concert for dogs in Sydney, Australia. This was one of her attempts to bring together dogs and music, but she continued these efforts by bringing together canines in Time Square in New York. These continued concerts got as far as even being shown on an episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”. It was noted that most of the dogs had a positive reaction to the music showing that dogs like music.

A gentleman named Stanley Coren, a Family Dog Columnist, had been reporting on research that was completed by Deborah Wells of Queens University in Belfast for a Psychology Today article. This article discussed the reactions from dogs listening to modern pop music, classical music, and heavy metal music while living in a home environment. Wells found that dogs like music depending on what kind of music it is.

Dogs listening to pop music did not show much a reaction. The heavy metal music had caused barking and agitation, and the classical music seemed to have a calming effect. Throughout time it has been known that music can influence moods. For example, classical music can help to reduce stress, whereas grunge music can promote hostility, sadness, and fatigue.

Given Wells research and Laurie Anderson’s success it is to be believed that dogs like music and that you can let your dogs decide which music they like.


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