'Dogs Hate Metal' According To Scientific Study

Canines prefer to listen to Mozart.

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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.

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    Johnny_Ibanez
    Research by Colorado State University, eh... see this is what happens when marijuana is legalised.
    Josh Reubenking
    HA! Nice! I'm from Washington State! When they say you're from the Evergreen State, now it has a whooooole new meaning!
    sideslick
    As a fellow Washingtonian (Maple Valley), I am glad I am not the only one who thought that.
    CronoMagus
    My dog always howls when Im doing string bends. I always thought she was emulating it but its probably more of a stfu.
    iammclovin
    Cats love it
    Ometh
    Oceano being called Death Metal? LOL
    Ultraussie
    Deathcore and Death Metal are very closely related sub genres and Deathcore is much more related to Death Metal than it is to straight up hardcore so stfu, I enjoy all types of metal including Deathcore like Oceano, just because its not 100% true norweigean black metal recorded with substandard equipment inside his satanic evil lair of his mothers basement doesnt mean it isn't metal.
    COBHC145
    My cat, on the other hand, has curled up next to my speakers or even on top of my amp numerous when I've been playing teh metalz.
    )v(egaFan90
    If any of you out there have pets that seem to be refuting Colorado States claims, let us know in the comments. Yes, just the other day my cat walked up to me and gave me a very stern lecture on how he feels about this research's claims. We conversed over coffee for the next 30 minutes in one of the more intellectually stimulating conversations I've had in a while.
    TheHaminator
    When my cat was an infant, I fed him while listening to music. He now assimilates music with pleasure.
    Nethero
    Funny thing is if you do that with a dog you'll never be able to listen to music without having it run up to you begging.
    vppark2
    My cat loves watching me play guitar...started off getting scared but now hes intrigued by my playing haha.
    RndyW0
    Sounds like you got better
    vppark2
    lol yeah but i bought my first electric guitar and amp (valvetronix) last christmas, so he wasnt used to me playing loudly, he was only used to my soft sounding acoustic guitar (kinda), but he didnt seem too enthusiastic with the acoustic i guess haha and now that hes used to my epiphone, it seems like he likes it when i play metal tunes
    dewitt
    So, wait... not only does he like your playing, but he can play it, too?
    jamstar2697
    Same, my cat will become completely calm if I put on some Megadeth or Periphery, but if my sister puts on any form of pop, she instantly wants to go outside. She is the greatest pet in the world.
    Simsimius
    I reckon it has something to do with the vibrations of the music (and with metal there's usually more notes per bar then pop so the vibration is more constant) being similar to the purr of the cat's mother during feeding.
    introvert10
    My dog craps on the floor any time I play anything post ...And Justice For All. Maybe she's trying to tell me something.
    revin214
    When I play metal one of my dogs lays directly in front of my half-stack and falls asleep. I feel bad for him but he seems to like it there, haha.
    Darth Wader
    This just in: Dogs hate loud noises. I hope a lot of money wasn't spent on this scientific study
    samhell
    I can't speak for the dogs in the study but my two mutts seem to like metal. They perk up when I play it. Its not metal but they really love Van Halen for some reason... They'll actually go lay in front of the speakers when I put it on. One of them will actually come sit next to my leg and howl when I play my guitar... don't know what he's trying to tell me with that...
    Bad Brain
    They spend money to research things like this?
    funkdeacon
    Did you read the whole article? Animals in shelters tend to have terrible lives, science wanted to know if music could be used to ease stress
    creapilust
    My dog will push the door to the the jam room to lay in front of my amp while im ripping death metal. once the music is over she dontcare to be in the same room with people.
    Slaytan666
    My dog used to sleep under my ride cymbal whenever we jammed, and 'Raining Blood' was a jam favorite. Wolf = 1, CSU = 0
    rebreh
    Dogs in the shelter are already on edge so anything loud would set them off. I wonder how this experiment would have been different if it took place inside the average home.
    Styx
    This is BS my dog is sleeping right next to me and i'm listening Hammerfall right now. -_-
    cmvideo
    Both my old dog and my new dog love loud music. Whether I'm playing my guitar or cleaning the house with the music cranked, both my old bassett hound and my shepherd now lay down and sleep next to the speaker. It almost puts them in a trance... I always figured maybe it was the vibrations or something. I also found that I can make my Shepherd howl whenever I play a G# note (16th fret on the thin E string). I can play the G or the A right around it and no reaction... but as soon as I hit that G#.... hooooowwwwwlllll.
    EvilSuperJesus6
    My dog is always lying next to me when i play music, he sleeps when it is Rammstein. My cat on the other hand is always attacking my shoe laces when thrash metal is playing.
    mop10893
    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. No shit sherlock. I could have figured that out myself since MOST PEOPLE react almost the same way (they probably don't bark). Metal music is supposed to excite you while classical is supposed to relax you. Is this really what scientific research is proving? Shouldn't scientists be using their time and money on more important things like finding a cure for cancer or ending world hunger? I don't get it, man.
    Eifler121
    My dog gets excited and actually taps his foot on occasion to Jazz, or big band music. He hates things like Pink Floyd or Radiohead that have a lot of synthesized noise in it. He doesn't like my bass amp, but he loves my acoustic guitar. He'll follow me around wagging his tail.
    Eifler121
    I don't think it's inherently the metal music, I'll play a lot of Black Sabbath on my acoustic, and he enjoys it. I think it's any kind of harsh effects. My dog likes the White Stripes until the high pitched guitar effect kicks in.
    G0dzilla
    On the contrary, I had a dog that loved the song Beast and the Harlot by Avenged Sevenfold. Whether or not that falls under metal is up to you, but for whatever difference it makes...
    unyinz
    I assume the intensity of the music and the volume it's at has a lot to do with it. I mean, if they compared the first movement from Moonlight Sonata being played quietly to just about any Cannibal Corpse song cranked up, they'd get different results if they played some of the louder parts from Beethoven's Symphony #9 and Voice of the Soul by Death.
    Gerard Way Jr
    >The Bon Jovi's and Whitesnake's of the world >Bon Jovi's and Whitesnake's of the world >Bon Jovi's and Whitesnake's Apostrophe is possessive, bitches.
    Darth Wader
    My dog loves Death Cab For Cutie and he loves Zack Braff's voice...so yeah, he's emo not metal. Oh well.
    Megadeth2011
    My dog howls along to Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.... well, Losing Time specifically.
    milky14
    No wonder rap fans diss metal so much.
    iommi600
    That makes no sense. Dawgs be lovin' de biatchs
    qrEE
    Strapping Young Lad reference makes this one of the best UG articles I've read. Well that's too bad, dog! I named my dog TOKI so now he HAS to like Metal, it's in his name! Seriously though, all this proves is that non-metalheads have dog brains, because they are too stupid and impulsive to not like a great genre.
    Aftiel_TK
    I'm always disappointed when my dog dozes off while I'm blasting Slipknot and Whitechapel.
    FiddleJohnny
    My friend has a Husky who couldn't get to sleep without "Nothing Else Matters" so he would put it on repeat. He moved on to heavier stuff now.
    todd6138
    My dog Bixbie comes in the room every time I plug in my half stack and sits right next to me as I attempt to desecrate the metal classics
    theotherguy7145
    To be fair you're not meant to relax and fall asleep whilst listening to metal. It's a slightly more intense genre than lullaby music. If you're a metal band who people snooze to then you're failing.
    Brandon1993
    I dont know where they got their info from. My sister's dogs enjoy metal. Hell her Chihuahua loves it when I play Electric Wizard.