Check out Doogie’s owner play the guitar and sing a dedicated song to him.
Doogie loves it!
Doogie seems to know that his owner is playing for him, but isn’t it funny how some dogs tend to howl and cry when music is played around them. Do you know why that is?
It’s not because dogs are in pain when music is played. It’s because many music notes sound like another dog howling, and your dog is trying to communicate.
You may find that sometimes, music causes different reactions with dogs. Patricia McConnell mentions that in a study in 2013 about dogs and music, some tempos and tones can stimulate different “emotions” in dogs.
- Longer notes can be calming, whereas staccato (short, repeated) notes can be stimulating. Example: saying “Sta-a-a-a-a-y” versus “Pup-pup-pup-pup” when calling to come.
- Pure tones & regular rhythms are associated with positive states, whereas harsh, noisy ones and irregular rhythms can be associated with negatives states. Example: a high, clear repeated whine from a puppy who wants attention, versus a low, growl from a dog warning another off a bone.
- A tempo matching an animal’s resting heart rate (or respiration) tends to be calming.