Can dogs actually recognise a tune?
Dogs typically hear much better than people. They can also detect certain frequencies that are inaudible to us; for instance, over the radio, from streaming music, or from a CD playing through your home stereo system.
So, does this mean dogs can actually recognise a tune? Well, to an extent, yes. High-pitched sounds especially – such as those from flutes, pianos, or even human voices – often trigger dogs’ howling instincts. This is a leftover from their ancestry and helps alert other pack members to their presence.
Likewise, some dogs can be trained to associate different types of whistle with various given command prompts, which may come in handy as you teach them new tricks.
Soothing music for dogs
There’s a popular belief that the works of classical composers like Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi act as soothing music for dogs. These lower, calmer frequencies are thought to relax the canine nervous system, thereby settling your pet’s anxiety.
By contrast, heavy metal and rock music can apparently have an agitating effect on dogs. It’s believed that the faster pace of these genres, coupled with their loudness, hurts delicate canine eardrums – so keep them to a minimum around your pet.
Do remember, though, that sometimes dog music taste may also be breed-related. Different hearing ranges and heartbeats, such as those of a small Jack Russell compared to a giant Great Dane, will almost certainly affect how they hear music.
Music can be a great way to help your dog relax and soothe when they’re nervous. Always choose sounds you know they’ll enjoy and remember to keep the volume at a safe level for their sensitive ears. Otherwise, feel free to let your pet listen to whatever tracks they want!