The 22 dogs of the Madrid police are sniffer dogs that find explosives and narcotics and take part in rescue operations. These dogs have demanding jobs that require intense focus and high levels of vigilance. You need to be ready at all times and have a lot of stress at work.
The Municipal Council in Madrid oversees the police and recently renewed the living conditions for the dogs of the armed forces. Their goal was to reduce the dogs’ anxiety and stress. One change was to install air conditioning to make it easier to deal with the high summer temperatures common in the region.
Another big improvement was the addition of a special sound system to provide music therapy for the dogs. Classical music is played several times a day to relieve stress. Research into the effects of music on kennel dogs in animal shelter environments found that classical music caused dogs to sleep more and vocalize less. Although classical music by different composers can influence, Mozart’s work is often used in experiments testing the role of music in task performance and mood.
Do you ever play classical music for your dog?