The hypnotic rhythms of the Nutty Boys and other exponents of Jamaica’s cult music really do provide dogs with relaxation.
Canine behaviour experts have discovered that listening to reggae has a positive effect on dogs.
Research into the way reggae makes dogs’ tails wag is now going to see an approved playlist being drawn up at the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ rescue centres.
The Scottish SPCA has been working with academics at the University of Glasgow to study if dogs have musical tastes, and a new paper reveals that reggae is a firm favourite in the canine world.
PhD student Amy Bowman said: “The research, which took place at the Scottish SPCA centre in Dumbarton, clearly shows that music has an effect on a dog’s behaviour.
“We were keen to explore the effect playing different genres of music had, and it was clear that the physiological and behavioural changes observed were maintained during the trial when the dogs were exposed to a variety of music.”
In 2015, the animal welfare charity release research that showed classical music had a calming effect on a dog’s mood.
Now it appears that dogs love contemporary music, too.
Neil Evans, Professor of Integrative Physiology at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, explained: “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences.
“That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behaviour.”
The Scottish SPCA says the research means it will be investing in sound systems at all their kennels.
Gilly Mendes Ferreira, Scottish SPCA Head of Research and Policy, said: “At present both our Glasgow and Edinburgh centres are able to pipe music into their kennels, and in the future every centre will be able to offer our four-footed friends a canine approved playlist, with the view to extending this research to other species in our care.”