(CNN)Hearing the same holiday music over and over and over again, every year, has, until now, been solely a human struggle.
But now dogs can join in the fun. A song that claims to be the first ever Christmas single designed exclusively for canines has been released, and early footage suggests it’s getting a strong reaction from its four-legged listeners.“Raise the Woof” was created based on scientific research into the ways dogs interact with sound, and with input from animal behaviorists, according to dog food company Tails.com.
— Lucy Parker (@LucyParker3108) November 18, 2020 It uses a reggae beat and sounds of bells, squeaky toys and owners’ instructions to illicit a response from listening dogs.Videos posted online showed dogs seemingly reacting to the high-frequency sounds.Read MoreThe company said the track was devised with the help of a focus group of 25 dogs, who were played more than 500 sounds and analyzed for their responses.
— Gail Bray (@gailbray1969) November 18, 2020 “Signs that dogs are enjoying the track include alertness, trying to discover where the sounds are coming from, head cocking, or moving their ears to get a better listen, as well as tails wagging,” the company said in a press release.The song was recorded at Abbey Road, the London music studio made famous by The Beatles. Proceeds from a limited-edition vinyl version will be donated to men’s mental health organization Dudes & Dogs.Some limited research has suggested that dogs respond positively to music. A 2002 study found that dogs in a shelter became more relaxed when played classical music, while research from the Scotland’s SPCA charity in 2017 suggested that the animals enjoy reggae and soft rock.