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Man's Best Friend Digs Reggae, Claims Very Important Research

A new study suggests Rover is really into reggae.

In partnership with Scotland’s Animal Welfare Charity (SPCA), researchers from the University of Glasgow have released new research on the musical preferences of Man’s Best Friend.

Through sound systems installed in their kennels, a group of dogs were exposed to five different music genres including soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae and classical. The researchers then measured the dogs’ stress levels by tracking how much they moved around in their kennels, their heart rates, and other physiological changes.

“Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences,” said study author Neil Evans of Glasgow University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Reggae and soft rock, however, proved the most popular, as the pups were more noticeably relaxed when listening to these genres.

"At present, both our Glasgow and Edinburgh centres are able to pipe music into their kennels," Gilly Mendes Ferreira, of the SPCA, told BBC News. "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."

So next time you’re hanging with your best buddy, try cranking the reggae. It may take your chill sesh to a whole new level.

h/t IFLScience


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