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Top of the pups

Date updated: 11 10 2018

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What better way to enjoy Summer 2018 than with some great tunes and your best furry pal by your side? Festivals, sunshine and picnics in the park - the only other thing you need is your pup to make this year’s the best one yet.

To help prepare your pup for the Great British Summer, we’ve created a “Top of the Pups” playlist with some of the biggest hits of the year from the likes of Camila Cabello and Dua Lipa, as well as classic tunes from Marvin Gaye and No Doubt – all songs in your dog’s favourite genres. Check it out below.

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 Summer 2018 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.

The Everypaw “Top of the Pups” playlist includes some massive hits from 2018 and golden oldies across all their favourite genres, so you can stay up to date with the greatest tracks knowing your dog will love them too!

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, all summer long. 

Everypaw “Top of the Pups” playlist:

Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back

Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston – It Takes Two

Lionel Richie - All Night Long

Commodores – Brick House

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge

Tom Petty – Free Fallin’

Bryan Adams – Heaven

No Doubt – Don’t Speak

Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes

Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa – One Kiss

Ariana Grande – No Tears Left to Cry

Camila Cabello – She Loves Control

One Direction – Best Song Ever

George Extra – Paradise

Chaka Demus & Pliers, Sly & Robbie – Murder She Wrote

The Wailer – Get Up, Stand Up

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Buffalo Soldier

Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey

Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse

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