As it inches closer to the end of the year, it’s time to bust out all the holiday music!
But if your dog isn’t a fan of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” I have good news for your canine friend: a new Christmas tune has been released, and it’s just for dogs.
The new song was just released this week, and claims to be the first-ever Christmas single designed exclusively for pups. It’s sure to elicit reactions from your four-legged family member.
The track is titled “Raise the Woof!” It was created based on scientific research into the ways that dogs interact with sound.
“It’s based on sounds and noises dogs enjoy — we call it ‘waggae’ — reggae designed to wag tails,” said UK-based dog food company Tails.com, who put the track together.
The company had music producers play over 500 sounds to a group of 25 dogs, in a digital focus group. They also had help from head veterinarian Sean McCormack, and dog behaviorist Carolyn Menteith.
What did they end up putting together? The track uses a reggae beat, overlayed with sounds of bells, squeaky toys, dog barks, and common commands like “sit.”
The song was recorded and mastered at the infamous Abbey Road Studios in London. Yes, that Abbey Road, made famous by The Beatles.
“Signs that dogs are enjoying the track include alertness, trying to discover where the sounds are coming from, head cocking, or moving their ears to get a better listen, as well as tails wagging,” the company said in a press release.
“This is the first ever Christmas song made just for dogs — we made it for our dogs, your dogs, everyone’s dogs. Raise the Woof!” the description for the video reads on YouTube.
Check it out here, and let us know if your dog enjoys it!
There has been some research done that suggests that dogs respond positively to music.
Back in 2002, a published study looked at the influence of auditory stimulation on the behavior of dogs housed in a rescue shelter. In other words, they played music for pups in a shelter, and found that dogs were more relaxed when listening to classical music.
Another study was done in 2017 by the Scottish SPCA in partnership with University of Glasgow. Their research suggests that dogs have different music tastes. They played different genres of music, and while it varied depending on the dogs, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior.