Sunday, 13 June 2010

Chill out

Dr. Deborah Wells, senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland conducted a study of the effects of music on dogs in animal shelters. The study found that the type of music dogs heard had a dramatic affect on their disposition and mood. Heavy metal music caused quite a bit of barking, while pop music had about the same effect as human conversation. But when dogs were exposed to classical music, they were far more relaxed, and quiet.
Since the study was released, animal shelters in the UK have played classical music to soothe their dogs. While this makes dogs more relaxed at the shelter, it has another added benefit, though it hasn’t been scientifically documented. When people looking to adopt pets enter a shelter, soothing classical music also relaxes them, and seems to cause them to spend more time looking around. And, when dogs appear calm and relaxed, rather than nervous and anxious, they are more appealing, thus more adoptable.

3 comments:

Winchester whisperer said...

His master's voice

Violets new Vintage said...

So true. At the SF shelter, classical music is played to some of the animals. We keep it on for the puppies,custody dogs and small animals. (The radios will walk away if they are kept in the public kennels so those animals get music only in the mornings)

Flowerpot said...

Our local rescue centre always has Classic FM on the radio.