Your Dog’s Sense Of Rhythm Might Not Be So Smooth

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

June 13, 2016

Have you ever been rocking out to your favorite jam and glanced over at your dog, and you think that maybe, just maybe, they’re rocking out with you?


Is it pawsible that these pups are actually keeping time to the music? Do dogs have the inate ability to keep rhythm like humans do?


New research is investigating whether or not other species are actually able to keep time and rhythm. While the research is still ongoing, so far it seems as though seals, parrots, apes, and elephants are amongst the animal species that can keep time to a beat.


But what does that means for our canine friends? Scientists have already determined that the brains of all creatures are highly rhythmic in nature, but unfortunately the rhythmic synapses in the brain don’t always translate to rhythmic behavior.


So even though dogs have been exposed to the music and dancing of humans for thousands of years, they themselves have not developed the ability to keep time.


For those of you with doggy dance mom aspirations, don’t worry, this doesn’t mean your best four legged friend can’t also be your dance partner. Dogs are excellent at mimicking the movements of their humans and can be trained to learn different dance moves, and some pups can learn a whole dance routine.

You can even attend doggie and me dance classes to improve on your pups skills. Just don’t be mad if they end up stepping on your feet.

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Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

June 13, 2016