My dogs will often stop and listen to music playing in my house. Do dogs enjoy music like we do, and if so, is there any particular kind of music I should play for them?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals suggest that most nonhuman animals prefer silence to music, but there's a big catch. The music they've been listening to was created by humans for humans. Many animal behaviorists, and even top composers, are now realizing that dogs can enjoy music too, so long as the compositions have been made for canine hearing and tastes.
As anyone with a dog whistle knows, pooches detect higher frequency sounds that we cannot hear. Composer Laurie Anderson recently performed a 20-minute composition called "Music for Dogs." The entire piece was silent to human listeners, but it tapped into the outer reaches of dog audition. Humans who went to the concert, held in Sydney, looked amused and bewildered as their dogs howled along during the performance.
Dogs will also respond to recorded barks, audible howls and growls, or human noises that somewhat duplicate what dogs perceive in their own communication world. Studies show that some dogs also enjoy quiet classical music, perhaps because some of the instruments tap into animal-known sounds. Google the words dog music
to find specially recorded canine songs and CDs, many of which are online.