For Beagles that like to bop and Schnauzers that love a good shimmy, Deezer, the digital music streaming service has launched the ultimate playlists for dogs! Partnering with respected animal behaviourist, Dr David Sands, the musical analysis explored variables including track frequency and beats per minute (BPM) to scientifically produce the ultimate ‘barking’ playlists – with top tracks including The Progidy’s ‘Firestarter’ and Outkast’s ‘Hey-Ya.’
Dr David Sands found stop-start rhythms and high frequencies raise pooch’s pulses resulting in active states: the ultimate in happy, energetic dogs. Whether it’s the hi-energy of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ or the erratic beats of White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, Dr David Sands says “Increasing decibels allows dogs to pick up ‘Good Vibrations’ so play sharp staccatos of notes to keep your dogs excited and happy”.
Keeping the playlist to a few tracks at this intensity followed by a short break allows your dog to rest and prevent hyperactivity from occurring.
Another top rated track was discovered to be ‘Firestarter’ with The Prodigy’s short, sharp beats doing the trick to get dogs active and ready for the day ahead, with Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ the ultimate heart-rate raiser with a BPM of 160: 20 beats over the highest doggie heart rate of 140. Keep the energy high and ‘Happy’ with short bursts of tracks, followed by a state of rest for contented collies.
To help promote calm, it is low, slow beats matched to individual breed’s heart rates and a steady BPM that work. With most dog’s heart rate around the 60-140 beats per minute, Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, and Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ are perfectly poised to be played for ultimate pedigree healthy contentment. Through the exclusive Deezer analysis, Dr David Sands found the ability for certain dogs to hear and love Bieber depends on the size of their ear opening. So your Chihuahua is less likely to ‘love herself’ than a poodle that can hear up to 20kHz.
For the ultimate state of doggie zen – for all dogs – rap is where it’s at: specifically spoken word tracks in the form of Baz Luhrmann’s epic ‘Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen’: the very definition of an uplifting epic.
In my clinical research with people, pets and sounds, I’ve discovered dogs totally chill to spoken words. Words become associated with togetherness and calm.
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