Study Shows Dogs Prefer Soft Rock and Reggae Music Over Other Genres

By: Maura O'Malley

January 26, 2017

Not only does music have an effect on dogs’ behavior, but dogs have different tastes in music, according to a study done by the University of Glasgow and the Scottish SPCA. Specifically, the study concluded that reggae and soft rock are real crowd pleasers among dogs. But who could blame them, ya know?

The study aimed to discover if certain types of music could lead to physiological and/or behavioral changes in the dogs studied. Which types of music were tested? Motown, soft rock, pop, reggae, and classical, BBC reports.

University of Glasgow’s Professor Neil Evans 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.” According to BBC, those positive changes included decreased stress levels, so next time you and your pup need to chill, reach for the Bob records.