Spotify now has playlists for your dog

If there's one thing Spotify users love more than unlimited skips, offline downloads and deals with Hulu, it's their pets. 

A new survey from the music service found that 71 percent of pet owners around the world play music for their pets, and almost 50 percent of pet owners say that their pet even has a preference for certain songs, artists and genres. 

And it's a relationship that Spotify can get in on.  

On Wednesday, the company announced that they were now offering curated Pet Playlists, available for more than cat and dog owners. Even parents to iguanas, hamsters and birds can participate in the algorithmic playlist curation, which selects songs based on your pet's personality. Whether you have a parrot who likes to jam out to techno or a hyperactive mutt that is only soothed by classical music, Spotify's Pet Playlist offers a 30-song list for your furbaby. 

Spotify issued the help of celebrated musicologist David Teie, a cellist with America's National Symphony Orchestra, to learn about how the animals may respond to certain noises and notes. For example, canines don't respond well to music in lower registers, so those types of songs aren't included.

The survey also found that most pet owners think that music can help their pets relieve stress and anxiety. And although some may be skeptical of these findings, experts say there may be some correlation between music and your pet's mood. Do a quick sweep of Youtube and you'll find that certain pet owners swear by spa music to help their pets through things like thunderstorms or fireworks displays.

In fact, a 2012 study published by researchers at Colorado State University focused on the psychological stress of 117 kennel dogs and found that classical music helped them sleep and led to less vocalization. However, heavy metal music led to noticeable body shaking and nervousness.

"Some studies show that music that falls within a classical, jazz, R&B, or reggae genre often can help dogs relax because of the slow, easy beat that sets the pace of the music," pet expert Erin Askeland, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA of Camp Bow Wow said to AOL Lifestyle. "This slower beat can help with relaxation because it aids in slowing the heartbeat and respiration, two things that can increase with anxiety and stress."

"On the other end of the spectrum, hard rock, rap, metal, or other music with fast beats and abrupt transitions could potentially increase anxiety or incite energy in animals because of the fast rhythm," Askeland added.

Askeland says that while curated music might be beneficial for pets, owners should not be playing the songs for hours on end.

"It’s also important to understand that playing calming music for a pet is more effective when used intermittently rather than all of the time, as animals can begin to habituate to the sounds and tune it out, which makes the calming effect unremarkable," she concluded.

How different dog breeds show love
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How different dog breeds show love


Common breeds: Chow Chow (pictured). Akita, Chinese Shar Pei

Many of these kinds of dogs were originally bred to guard people and property. They're often seen as independent and more reserved around strangers, although fiercely loyal to their family. They like their space, so you should let them come to you — let them give you love on their own terms. They'll usually show their love by sitting close to you (but not on you).


Common breeds: Siberian husky (pictured), Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed

These types of dogs were bred to be highly active and social dogs. They get along and work well with other dogs (think: sled dogs). They often show their love by playfully jumping, roughhousing and playing with toys. To show them love, they should get proper exercise and lots of playtime. 


Common breeds: Maltese (pictured), Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Pug, Shih Tzu

Companion dogs were literally bred to be lap dogs, often finding companionship with royalty. They're friendly, intelligent and show their love just by being with you and "kissing." Show them love by petting them while they sit on your lap.


Common breeds: Mastiff (pictured), American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer, Bulldog, French Bulldog, Rottweiler

These types of dogs are known to be loyal to their families. Although often large, they show love by playfully jumping and "smiling." They enjoy belly rubs and just being near you, like snuggling up with you on your couch or in your bed.


Common breeds: Australian Shepherd (pictured), Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie, German Shepherd, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Shetland Sheepdog

These breeds of dogs are very smart. Give them a job to do and they'll show their love through their hard work. They love to keep a group together and will herd most things as well as stick by your side waiting for the next command. Show them love by giving them plenty of play time and a job to do, like playing fetch.


Common Breeds: Golden Retriever (pictured), Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, German Shorthair Pointer, Labrador Retriever, Poodle

These dogs are known to be friendly, happy, active and loyal companions. They were originally bred to work with hunters, and they show their love by helping. This is why many of them make for great therapy or guide dogs. They'll lean into you or put their nose in your lap to show their love. To keep them happy, play retrieving games that provide exercise and cuddle them close.


Common breeds: Chihuahua (pictured), Russell Terrier, Schnauzer, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier

Terriers have a lot of energy and often want to be with their humans, but they can also be stubborn and more reserved around strangers. They'll show their love by playing with you and coming into your space. To show them love, give them some exercise and keep them close.


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