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I am a Music Student studying at the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. One of our modules is Music Psychology. Being me, I want to tie that in with Dog Psychology (namely bassets, as I have them and love them).
Like humans we all have emotions and the music we listen to has and effect on psychologically and spiritually. I have noticed with Beau (my own basset) that when we had the Central Band of the RAF playing, he was enjoying it and wagging his tail in time to the music. Since then I have wanted to study it more in depth. As part of my research and collecting data, this is where you come in. mwhahaha!

Basically if possible, What I would like you to do is make observations of your dogs behaviour/mood/reactions to different styles of music for 30mins (each style) be it Classical, Heavy Metal, Brass/Military Band, Jazz/Big Bands, Modern popular, Musical Theatre, Experimental....whatever... as long as there is some form obvious contrast. You don't have to do it all in one go (we are all very busy). As an when you have time a 30min slot one night or day, then another 30min slot another time.

In Summary all I am after is: -

Just basic observations, tail wagging (possibly in time with the music), relaxation/hyperactivity. that kind of thing.
CD's Track Numbers and if a Radio station with a time. (Just for referencing and gives me a greater idea of the music, rather than getting you to analyse the music as well.)

Then if you could please relay me your observations back to me via, PM, e-mail (preferred) that would be fantastic.

Thank you in Advance for your time.
 

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Boogie with our bassets?
Hula with the hounds?

Sorry, couldn't help myself.
I have already started a composition on it! :p

Maybe they feed off of the energy surrounding them.

I would love to help you out though. I can start this tomorrow. Should I just sit there quietly while the music is playing or what?
Basically yes, jot down a few notes, body language, ears, activity and tail wags. Obviously as humans we react to the music and hopefully the dog might pic up that as well.
 
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