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Playlists for Pups: The Best Songs for Happiness, Health, and Calming

We enjoy listening to it at home, at work, in the car, in the store, and almost any place we go. Music appears to hit upon our stressful lives pretty much every single day. No wonder, songs and tunes can be vitally important to many humans. It can make us calm, content, and happy despite our demanding lifestyles. But did you have any idea that your pooch can also be calmed by music? Recent studies have shown that by playing music, animals tend to become more calm and at ease even in new surroundings.

What Music Do Dogs Like to Listen To?

Online digital music streaming service, Deezer, found that our four-legged friends aren’t that different from us and need music to enhance their overall health and happiness. These findings come from a study done in partnership with internationally renowned and respected animal behaviorist Dr. Sands, which explores the effect of music on animals, including variables such as track frequency and beats per minute (BPM)*.

Recognizing that music can have a profound effect on a dog’s health and happiness, Deezer and Dr. Sands created two canine-approved playlists: one keeps pups content and chilled to contribute to tip-top health, while the other releases the “paws” button for ultimate happiness.

The Best Songs to Make Your Pooch Happy

  • The Prodigy — Firestarter
  • Major Lazer, Fuse ODG & Nyla — Light it Up
  • Skepta — Shutdown
  • Daya — Sit Still, Look Pretty
  • Timbaland, Keri Hilson, D.O.E. – The Way I Are
  • Avicii — Wake Me Up
  • Salt-N-Pepa — Push It
  • OutKast — Hey Ya!
  • Underworld — Born Slippy (Nuxx)
  • Bee Gees — Stayin’ Alive

The Best Songs to Chill Your Canine

  • Bob Marley & The Wailers — Could You Be Loved
  • Adele — Someone Like You
  • Blur — Parklike
  • Justin Bieber — Love Yourself
  • Caribou — Can’t Do Without You
  • Baz Luhrmann — Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
  • The Stranglers — Golden Brown
  • Queen — Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Justin Timberlake —Signs
  • Pulp — Common People

What Now?

Several animal shelters have already begun playing soothing music to help quiet their 4-legged residents down. This technique has been discovered to be particularly effective for dogs in shelters during New Year’s Day or July 4th because it aids the dogs in coping with the deafening bangs and distress they often experience due to fireworks.

Fortunately, the effects of music on a dog’s well-being has spread even further to vet clinics as well. Research has shown that hospitalized pooches tended to have lower heart rate when harp music was being played to them. This suggests that music does not only help animals relax, but recover faster from their health problems, too. It appears that both humans and pets can get better more easily whenever they feel calm, peaceful, and are not making a great effort to cope.

Although not very surprising, it’s worthy to note that dogs are actually not very keen on certain percussion instruments which are somewhat reminiscent of gunshot sound. Pooches also seem to dislike the word “No” added into songs.

Nowadays, lots of dog owners are convinced that their pooches really enjoy listening to music and have made use of gentle, relaxing sounds to help them remain calm at home alone during the day, to recuperate from sickness or surgery, as well as to promote their welfare. It surely won’t be long before our four-legged furry companions will have their own unique music shops, collections, track list, and favorites stored in their own doggie iPods!





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