In classic Brit-zombie flick Shaun Of The Dead, Nick Frost's character Ed at one point speculates that dogs can't look up. Now, great scientific conundrums such as these are not Ultimate-Guitar's area of expertise. But one thing that we have found out today is that dogs definitely can't head bang. Or, at least, they don't want to. Colorado State University has recently published a study on the listening habits of dogs. And, as it transpires, pooches aren't big on Slayer.
The research was carried out on dogs in animal shelters, and found that dogs were more likely to sleep and less likely to bark when played Mozart or Beethoven. Heavy metal on the other hand, induced nervous shaking and barking, and also prevented the canines from getting any sleep. So basically, dogs react to heavy metal in the same way that most people's parents do... The findings of the study have implications for welfare of animals in stressful environments, according to The Times Of India, and could lead to new guidelines for the care of dogs in shelters.
With shelters being inherently stressful environments for most dogs, the results of the study suggest that playing classical music might help the welfare of animals according to The Times.
Personally, while we here at Ultimate-Guitar aren't averse to the idea of dogs listening to classical music, we question whether the study throwing the pooches straight in at the heavy metal deep end was a good idea. In our experience, starting your hound off on the Bon Jovi's and Whitesnake's of the world before moving them on to Kreator and Strapping Young Lad is usually a good move...
If any of you out there have pets that seem to be refuting Colorado State's claims, let us know in the comments.