If you are a music lover, you may play music at home all day. It is easy to assume that since your pets are always exposed to your music, they have the same taste, but this may not be the case. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been conducting extensive research on the musical tastes of pets and have come to some interesting conclusions.
Pitch, tone and tempo are the key
As humans, we prefer music that matches our vocal range, uses familiar tones, and has a rhythm similar to our heartbeat. We don't like music that is too fast, too fast or too slow. These studies have found that the same preferences and dislikes exist in the musical tastes of animals. Animals prefer music tailored to their species, which is designed to match their familiar pitch, pitch, and rhythm.
There are differences between species
Although we can generally say that our pets choose music of a specific species over human music, there are exceptions. In the study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all participants were cats, because the sizes of different breeds are not very different. This means that the preferred pitch, pitch and speed of all participants will remain the same.
On the other hand, the size of dogs varies greatly between different breeds-which makes it more difficult to create music suitable for all dogs. Interestingly, large dogs, such as Labrador or Mastiff, have a sound range that is very similar to humans, so they may like the same music as ours. Knowing this, the researchers hypothesized that larger breeds are more likely to enjoy human music than smaller ones.
Watch body language for music preferences
In a similar study conducted at Queen's University Belfast, researchers found that dogs can actually distinguish genres and show different body language when listening. For example, dogs listening to classical music showed more relaxation behaviors than dogs listening to metal music, and the latter showed more agitated behaviors.
If you have a larger dog, or know that your pet really likes music, it will be fun to try to find out which genre they like best. Try playing different songs and monitor their body language to see how they react. If you find that they respond to a particular song, you can try other songs in that category and make a custom playlist. This can be a great enrichment tool when they are at home alone! For small dogs, there are countless playlists on the Internet that contain tracks specifically designed for small dog ears.
If you have a cat, the results of these studies indicate that you should stick to species-specific music. Musician David Teie wrote a series of songs for cats that were used as part of Wisconsin-Madison's research and can now be found on his website.