Tips on playing music for your dog. You read that right.

Schmooze and Squirt, the two faithful English bull terriers, each have slightly different tastes. Schmooze, the elder, prefers ambient music in the style of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports.

Squirt, on the other hand, enjoys Bob Marley. “Three Little Birds” will lull her to sleep within 90 seconds.

But what about those times when we’re away from the house? Is it best to leave the dogs in silence or to maybe play music or the radio?

Bustle reports on what Sharon Jennings has to say. As the author of The Office Dog, she knows a thing or two about what dogs like. “Radio can be good as long as there isn’t too much human voice on it, so talkback radio is a no-no.”

So what’s the best music for dogs? Turns out that research conducted by the Scottish SPCA says that dogs tend to prefer soft rock and reggae.

There are now sites that offer dog-specific music. I asked Squirt what she thought of this but she was already asleep.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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