Date updated: 19 06 2018
What better way to watch quintessential music event the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 than with your best furry pal by your side? Grab the whole family and settle in to enjoy the big event like never before, knowing your dog is loving the music just as much as you.
You may be thinking, do dogs even like music? Well, they’re not exactly the dancing types, but research from the Scottish SPCA discovered that music not only has a positive effect on our dogs, it can even help de-stress them.
By using a heartrate monitor, behaviour tracking and saliva samples, the study tracked the stress levels of the dogs as they listened. Certain types of music seemed to chill the dogs out and they spent more time lying down and less time barking when specific songs were playing. Through careful monitoring, they figured out how music affected the dogs – and which specific genres they enjoyed the most.
The dogs responded well to a mix of genres and it appears, much like us, that each pup has its own individual taste in music. They listened to a range of styles, including soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae and classical, and all of them had an impact on their mood and levels of relaxation.
The pooches became most relaxed when they listened to both a reggae-based playlist and one showcasing a range of soft rock tunes. It seems our canine friends love a chilled out beat to help them relax after a long day of playing and napping.
Commenting on the research, our very own vet Eric Jackson, says: “It’s clear from this study and others that dogs have a very positive relationship with music and it can help to soothe them. When it comes to listening to music with your dog, there are certain behaviours you can look out for, that indicate they’re enjoying the music – this can be beneficial to both pet and owner.”
Recreate the experiment yourself and find out which genre your dog loves the most by simply watching their behaviour. If your dog is having a bit of a howl to a tune, they may not be a fan, but as dogs are descended from wolves (who are known for their distinctive howl), it could just mean that they want to be part of the pack. Psychologists have said that reed instruments, particularly the saxophone or clarinet, play the best notes when it comes to getting your dog howling along to the music.
If you fancy something a bit less taxing on the ears, play your favourite reggae or soft rock music and if they lie down and become peaceful, you know they’re enjoying it. This way you can share tunes with your dog and know they’re loving your choices too.
With Europe’s biggest singing competition just around the corner, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy it with your canine pal. With so many varieties of music that have a positive impact on your pup they’ll be tapping their paw along to the beat right next to you.
To help prepare your pup for the big event, we’ve created a “Furovision” playlist with all the Eurovision songs both you and your dog will love.
The playlist includes Eurovision classics from previous competitions and songs from the 2018 event too, so you can reminisce on the famous tunes and get to know the future hits.
We’ve included songs covering the canine-approved genres, including pop, reggae and soft rock, making this a fantastic playlist to enjoy with your pooch by your side.
There’s nothing like spending time with your best canine pal, so if you love Eurovision, rest assured that your dog likes it too, and you can enjoy the whole experience together.
Everypaw’s Furovision playlist
Waterloo – ABBA (Sweden - 1974)
Occidentali’s Karma – Francesco Gabbani (Italy – 2017)
Still in love with you – Electro Velvet (UK - 2011)
Stop the war U2 – Riga Reggae (Latvia - 2018)
Yodel it – llinca (Romania - 2017)
Running scared – Nikki Jamal (Azerbaijan - 2011)
Storm – SuRie (UK - 2018)
Amar Pelos Dois – Salvador Sorbal (Portugal - 2017)
Lie to me – Mikolas Josef (Czech Republic - 2018)
Euphoria – Loreen (Sweden - 2012)
What’s the pressure – Laura Tesoro (Belgium - 2018)
Only Teardrops - Emmelie De Forest (Denmark - 2013)
Calm after the storm – The Common Linnets (Netherlands - 2014)
Outlaw in ‘em – Waylon (Netherlands - 2018)
Rise Like a Phoenix – Conchita Wurst (Austria - 2014)
Tonight Again – Guy Sebastian (Australia - 2015)
Reggae OK – Riki Sorsa (Finland - 1981)
Save your kisses for me – Brotherhood of Man (UK - 1976)
Heroes – Mans Zelmerlow (Sweden - 2015)
Stones – ZiBBZ (Switzerland - 2018)