- Posted November 14, 2012 by
Vero Beach, Florida
Students Discover Humane Society Dogs Dig Pink Floyd, Only Some Felines Fancy Birds
Madison McFall discovered dogs dig Pink Floyd. The 11-year-old Sebastian River Middle School student recently began a science project to determine how dogs react when they heard certain musical styles. To figure out a pup’s preferences, McFall visited The Humane Society and played different songs to shelter dogs up for adoption.
McFall’s preliminary research indicates that dogs mellowed out when she played “Hey You” by Pink Floyd from her mom’s iPhone. McFall also determined dogs enjoyed the soft sounds of classical music when they heard Beethoven.
An unexpected finding was that dogs get downright giddy when listening to Bobby McFerrin’s 80s classic “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” According to McFall, canines acted with curiosity, went up to her phone as it was playing the cool tune and started to wag their tails. Was there any music that wasn’t a hit with the hounds? “None of them like Green Day,” McFall determined after playing the group’s hit song “Holiday”.
The Humane Society typically plays music such as big band and soft contemporary for the shelter’s dogs and cats. Researchers claim animals act more calmly when they hear music with slower tempos, fewer instruments and simpler melodies. The music is also enjoyed by staff, volunteers and visitors.
Oslo Middle School student Avery McKinley is also interested in animal behavior. The 11-year-old visited the shelter to determine which bird calls cats like best. While many of the thirteen felines enjoyed all of the chirps emanating from McKinley’s smart phone, a few cats were either delirious with joy or ignored the tweets all together. “Tessie and Levi liked them the most,” the studious seventh-grader said, revealing which two cats in his study were the most eager participants.