Dogs like classical music
"Raise the woof" is the name of the potential dog hit that was recorded in the famous Abbey Road studios in London. There they already have Beatles produced their albums. Paul McCartney revealed in an interview in 2013 that the Beatles song "A Day in the Life" contains frequencies that only dogs can perceive. Carolyn Menteith and other dog experts were just as tricky when they recorded "Raise the woof". Favorite noises of dogs can be heard to a reggae rhythm, the refrain consists of keywords like "treat", "sit" or "dinner".
SZ: Ms. Menteith, rubber bones and squeaky toys as entertainment products for dogs are well known - but a dog song? What shoud that?
Carolyn Menteith: The song was created by the veterinarian Sean McCormack, I contributed the dog-specific elements. The idea came from a feed shipping company, they consulted me as an expert. I have been a dog trainer for more than 20 years, have written five books and more than 800 articles about dogs.
What are "dog specific elements" in the song?
We know that dogs are particularly sensitive to high frequencies, whistles and squeaks. In addition, we have sprinkled barking dogs and words that all dogs understand, such as "sit" or "treat". I also helped to find the right genre of music.
Which music is suitable for dogs? "Valse du petit chien" by Chopin? Snoop Dogg?
Many dogs respond to certain music. There is scientific research showing that they prefer reggae, soft rock and classical music to hard rock and techno. It is said of Richard Wagner that one of his dogs reacted positively to some compositions and negatively to others. Wagner's dog had exquisite taste, he liked the Ring of the Nibelungs.
Was the goal set as high as with Wagner when you recorded "Raise the woof"?
No way. It's a little fun and a thank you to the dogs. This crazy year pets have given us a lot of positive power by giving us exercise, routine, and some normalcy. With this song, dogs can have a little joy together with their masters at the end of the year.
Can you say that some dogs are musical?
Without doubt. In my work with rescue dogs, I have often found that the animals can be soothed by classical music in stressful situations. Dogs have a sense of music, that's for sure. You just have to listen to how wolves, the ancestors of our domestic dogs, sit together in packs and howl together. In my opinion, they do this for fun and as a positive social action.
How do dogs react to your song?
Some listen attentively, some bark and howl, some try to find out where the squeaky animal comes from.
I played the song to my two dogs and their reaction was, well, a bit subdued. One of them didn't react at all, he's 14 and almost deaf. The other, a two-year-old Labrador, tilted his head briefly at the squeaky animal and then trotted back to the bowl. Is he musically gifted?
Typical Labrador. Food is more important to them than music.
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