Music and Your Pet

Does your dog like music?


The answer is YES, they do! ...but only if it is classical music.


Did you know that in humans, listening to classical music alters the way the brain works?


“Listening to music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic function, learning and memory. One of the most up-regulated genes, synuclein-alpha (SNCA) is a known risk gene for Parkinson's disease that is located in the strongest linkage region of musical aptitude” (1).



A study (2) has shown that dogs, whilst listing to classical music, were calmer and more relaxed (the opposite happened when listing to heavy metal!). Their welfare was improved by listening to Mozart, Haydn and Debussy.




So why don’t you look up some of the classical Spotify lists designed for dogs, or find a classical music radio station, and see if your dog, puppy, cat or kitten, responds by chilling out?! You’ll reap the benefits of listening too!​

Image by Tadas Mikuckis

1. The effect of listening to music on human transcriptome. Chakravarthi Kanduri, Pirre Raijas, Minna Ahvenainen, Anju K. Philips, Liisa Ukkola-Vuoti, Harri Lähdesmäki, Irma Järvelä. PeerJ, 2015; 3: e830 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.830


2. The influence of auditory stimulation on the behavior of dogs housed in a rescue shelter. DL Wells, L Graham, PG Hepper. November 2002Animal welfare (South Mimms, England) 11(4):385-393