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Study: Classical Music Relaxes Dogs

Got an anxious dog? A new study suggests classical music may be a good way to de-stress dogs, according to a recent article on CBS News.

The study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, led by Lori Kogan of Colorado State University found that classical music was more soothing than music specially designed to calm animals.

In the study, 117 dogs of various breeds were analyzed for various behaviors over a four-month period. The dogs’ behavior was recorded every five minutes as they were exposed to three different genres of music.

As you may have been able to guess, classical music was related to relaxed and restful behavior while heavy metal was linked to more anxiety.

Specially marketed Pet CDs are based on the theory that simple sounds are soothing to pets, but this study proves otherwise. Kogan believes the results of this study could be beneficial to animals in stressful shelter environments.

Do you play music for your pet when leaving him/her home alone?

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