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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dogs appear to have a sense of pitch

Everybody knows that when a dog or wolf hears other animals howls, he/she may join in the howling chorus.  Scientists have recently suggested that these howlers also have a sense of pitch.  But they don't have the same notion of pitch that humans do.  When a wolf joins in a chorus, it intentionally tries to land on a note different from everyone else in the chorus, apparently reveling in the discordant sound it's creating (Full article:

It has also been found that classical music, more than other forms of music, has a calming effect on dogs.  Apparently even goldfish have discerning musical ears - one study showed that they could tell the difference between Bach and Stravinsky (

Animals are smart li'l buggers.

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