Even though you named him Slayer and dressed him up as Lemmy for Halloween, it turns out that your dog actually doesn’t like metal, at least according to a recent study. Lori Kogan from Colorado State University concluded that metal “appeared to amplify dogs’ anxiety, and was linked with less sleep, more barking and increased shaking,” as per Postmedia News. Increased shaking, eh? Are you sure the encaged animals weren’t simply trying to mosh?
The research was conducted over four months on “117 dogs, of various breeds, at one kennel; 83 were boarders, and 34 were rescue dogs,” Postmedia notes. But even if Slayer wasn’t in that kennel, Kogan is convinced her findings apply to him, too. “I did thousands of behavioural assessments over a period of four months … So the likelihood that this is an error is pretty small,” she says in the Postmedia piece.
On the other hand, the study, published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, concluded that canines really seem to enjoy classical music, which “was linked with more relaxed and restful behaviour.” On Page 270 (of the journal, not the report), it’s noted that the dogs were delighted by the sounds of Beethoven, Strauss and Bach, while it seems they endured several sleepless nights listening to “Ace of Spades,” “Angel of Death” and… wait, for it… “Turbo Lover”! Hey, if I had to hear “Turbo Lover” for four months straight, I’d be pretty restless, too!