Doggie album ‘can help pets relax’

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Songwriter John McLaughlin, best known for writing hit songs for artists including Rod Stewart and Cliff Richard, has teamed up with the Scottish SPCA to create an album for dogs.

All the tracks on “Paws, Play, Relax”, are based on the results of collaborative scientific research between Scotland’s animal welfare charity and researchers at the University of Glasgow.

It claims to show that music can help dogs to relax when they are stressed and anxious, leading to lower levels of stress hormones, better cardiovascular control and “more chilled behaviour”.

The study also revealed that just like humans dogs become easily bored if they listen to the same music continually, and like variety within their playlist. 
Any music seems to work, apparently, but the dogs seemed to particularly like reggae and soft rock the most.

John McLaughlin said: “As soon as Ian Adie, MD of TheBiGroup approached me on behalf of the Scottish SPCA about the idea of a music album for dogs I wanted to be involved.

“I’m a huge animal lover so was happy to assist in any way I could to help dogs and the charity.

“It wasn’t easy making music that will be enjoyed by dog owners just as much as it will by their beloved pets, but it was very worthwhile and I can’t wait to see the reaction from dogs all over the world.

“Dogs enjoy the change of genre and also tempo which shows that they have both heart and soul – that’s why I just had to write the songs, and why people should go out and buy the album”.

Scottish SPCA Head of Research and Policy Gilly Mendes Ferreira said, “It can often be a bit overwhelming for dogs arriving into our care as they’re in an unfamiliar environment.

“We’ve worked with the University of Glasgow to research ways to help relax our animals, both in the centre and in a home environment.

“The team at our centres across Scotland enjoy listening to the album and our dogs have had a very positive reaction to the music. They’ve been barking less, spending more time lying down and generally displaying more chilled behaviour.”

The album is available to buy at SSPCA centres.