Organizing the perfect soundtrack is a must before any road trip, but if you’re bringing your furry friend, they might want to have a say.
Studies have shown that certain types of music can actually help dogs relax when locked in the car.
The playlist includes the Bee Gees, Bob Marley and Pink Floyd, with tunes in our pets’ favorite genres.
Sam Sutton from the University of West London said: “Reggae and soft rock seem to have been the canine tunes of choice.
“Perhaps the combination of immaculate studio production and a pleasing sonic aesthetic contributes to what makes the dog’s go-to playlist.”
Research has shown that music can actually help dogs relax when in the car (stock image)
Guided by research from the University of Glasgow, a music professor has rounded up the ten best tunes you can play for your dog that can reduce his stress and anxiety on a road trip.
TOP 10 SONGS TO RELAX YOUR DOG IN THE CAR
‘How deep is your love’ – Bee Gees
“No Wife No Crying” – Bob Marley
“(Everything I do) I’ll do for you” – Bryan Adams
“I want to know what love is” – Stranger
“Dark Side of the Moon” – Pink Floyd
‘One in 10’ – UB40
“Love Dogs” – Kate Bush
‘Desperado’ – The Eagles
“Many rivers to cross” – Jimmy Cliff
“Love is king” – Sade
In a 2017 study, dogs at a foster home in Dumbarton, Scotland played five different genres of music: soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae and classical.
Animal physiologists measured the dogs’ heart rates and noted behavioral changes while the music played.
They found the pooches more elongated and showed a decrease in stress levels, especially when the tunes were soft rock or reggae.
Although these genres stand out, Professor Neil Evans, who led the study, said the research suggests that each dog has their own musical tastes.
He said: “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that, like humans, our canine friends have their own individual musical preferences.”
According to the hotel booking platform just booover 65% of dog owners have noticed that their dog is stressed when traveling in the car.
To help relax our puppies on the road, Professor Sutton has created a Spotify playlist featuring their favorite genres.
Tracks include The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love”, Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”.
Professor Sutton said: “Reggae is often associated with sunshine and relaxation, so perhaps that kind of soothing emotional response is shared with our canine companions.”
Certain types of music can also increase stress in dogs. Research from Colorado State University has also found heavy metal-induced nervous tremors, barking, and sleep prevention.
TOP TEN WORST SONGS TO PLAY YOUR DOG IN A CAR
‘Black Dog’ – Led Zepplin
‘Back in Black’ – ACDC
“Paranoid” – Black Sabbath
‘Chop Suey!’ – System of a Down
‘Duality’ – Slipknot
‘Enter Sandman’ – Metallica
‘Smoke on the Water’ – Deep Purple
“Run with the Devil” – Van Halen
‘Ace of Spades’ – Motörhead
‘Puppet Master’ – Metallica
Certain types of music can also increase stress in our pets.
To research from Colorado State University also found heavy metal-induced twitching, barking, and sleep prevention in dogs in animal shelters.
Professor Sutton said: “As a dog’s hearing range is wider than a human’s, you may want to avoid any music with hiss as it may trigger their natural sense of response and curiosity. .”
Therefore, he also put together a playlist of ten tracks to avoid in the car with your pooch.
This includes ACDC’s “Back In Black”, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”.
In a survey by justhooit, 36% of dog owners admitted they couldn’t identify signs of stress and anxiety while their dog was travelling.
But music isn’t the only thing you can do to make car journeys less stressful for your pet.
Becky Skyrme, a behaviorist with animal charity Blue Cross, advises introducing them gradually, first guiding them into a stationary vehicle.
She said, “Use their favorite things to reward them for jumping in the car, then start increasing the time they spend inside the car.”
“Then progress to short trips that end with something really positive, like a favorite game, a fun walk, or getting a delicious treat.
“It will help your dog establish a positive association between car trips and his favorite things.
“If the problem persists, always seek help from your veterinarian or a trained behaviorist.”
Nearly Three Quarters of All Dogs Have An Anxiety Disorder, Study Finds
Nearly three quarters of all dogs suffer from an anxiety disorder and may even reflect their owners’ conditions like OCD and ADHD, according to a new study.
Finnish researchers at the University of Helsinki sent surveys to owners of nearly 14,000 canine companions as part of the Dog Mental Health Study.
They found that 73% of them had some form of anxiety disorder and the associated antisocial behavior, such as barking or aggression that accompanies it.
The main cause of stress for dogs is loud noise – mostly fireworks and thunder – but they have also been affected by other dogs and even people.
They found that 73% of them had some form of anxiety disorder and the associated antisocial behavior, such as barking or aggression that accompanies it. The main cause of stress for dogs is loud noise, but they have also been affected by other dogs and even people.