Lifestyle

Dogs love Bach

Dogs love Bach
Dogs love Bach

HOW would you feel if, as a music composer and performing artist, your work was selected for use as part of the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used to "gain the cooperation" of Guantanomo Bay terrorist suspects?

According to a 2005 news report, Eminem's album Slim Shady was played at high volume to inmates and sources said that it made them frantic.

It is self evident that music affects us. After all, that is why we listen to it; and there are several formal studies showing that mood regulation and emotional management are among the most important reasons we consume music.

This has generated interest in investigating the effect of music on other species. A recent study, published in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, looked at the effect of different types of music on 117 dogs in a boarding kennel.

We know that being in a kennel can be stressful for some dogs. The surroundings are unfamiliar and they are socially and spatially restricted which can lead to considerable anxiety which may manifest as barking, increased activity, reduced sleeping and also shaking.

So, the researchers in this study played a selection of four different classical pieces by Beethoven, Strauss and Bach, as well as three heavy metal tracks by Motorhead, Slayer and Judas Priest, plus specially "psychoacoustically designed" music from an album called Music to Calm your Canine Companion! Periods of silence or no music were given for 15 minutes per hour.

All dogs showed more agitation and body shaking behaviour during all heavy metal selections when compared with any other auditory stimulus. The special "dog relaxation music" was found to have minimal effect on stressful behaviours.

The good news is classical music promoted more restful behaviours indicative of a reduced stress level. Hopefully future studies might determine what aspects of classical are most helpful.

Meanwhile, we'll be playing Sibelius rather than Status Quo or Slayer in our vet hospital.



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

Council news at a glance

Roadworks are expected to cause minor delays over the next few weeks.

See what's going on around the Shire.

Take a walk along the Murwillumbah Art Trail

WORK OF ART: "Workers Store” acrylic on canvas by Scott McDougall, one of the artists featured in the Murwillumbah Art Trail.

Get to know Tweed's amazing artists.

Local legend of the land shares his Jersey herd

LIFE ON THE LAND: Murwillumbah dairy farmer Pat McDonald with some of his prized milking cows.

LIGHTNING literally struck twice for legendary dairy farmer.

Local Partners

Take a walk along the Murwillumbah Art Trail

The Murwillumbah Art Trail kicks off this weekend.

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

Dreamworld could become a “more attractive and entertaining park”.

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000 calorie diet

Brian Shaw won his 4th World's Strongest Man title. Source: Twitter

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000-calorie diet

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!