Dalmatian’s Reaction to Street Band Music Has Internet Dots


A video of a Dalmatian apparently excited by music being played by a band on a street in the English county of Cornwall has gone viral on TikTok, where it garnered more than 827,000 views.

The video posted by TikTok user @indiarogwhich has not been independently verified by Newsweekfeatured an overlaid message that read: “POV [point of view]: You’ve never seen a marching band before.”

The video shows the dog flinching several times, looking left and right, before spinning around. The Dalmatian later sits down and appears to be in a trance, staring in the direction of the music.

A close up view of a Dalmatian. A video of a Dalmatian puppy reacting to music from a marching band on the street has gone viral on TikTok.
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Unlike the Dalmatian’s highly responsive stance in the latest viral video, in a March 2017 study in the peer-reviewed journal Physiology & Behavior, dogs were found to “spend significantly more time lying down and significantly less time standing when the music was playing, regardless of genre.”

The study, which looked at the effect of various musical genres on the stress levels of kennel dogs, found that “heart rate variability (HRV) was significantly higher, indicating decreased stress, when dogs played soft rock and reggae, with less effect seen when playing Motown, Pop and Classical genres.”

Although there was “no observable effect of music on barking,” the dogs were “significantly more likely to bark after auditory enrichment stopped,” according to the study.

The original poster said the dog (known as Purdy) was 6 months old and “experiencing new things”.

The user said, “He was more interested in the crumbs my nephew dropped moments later. He slept too.”

Some TikTokers in the latest viral video were concerned that the music was too loud and stressful for the dog.

User lyrics for TikTok songs wrote, “Too loud and stressful,” while Simon Bennett said, “Too loud for his sensitive ears.”

User helenangeltipto61 said: “Too sharp for [their] ears…”

An August 2018 study published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One noted, “Sudden loud sounds can induce a wide range of frightening behaviors in dogs, ranging from signs of minor anxiety to quite marked behaviors.”

The study stated: “Although the fear response is a natural and self-protective behavior, in sound-sensitive fearful dogs these reactions are exaggerated and inappropriate and negatively impact the dog’s well-being.”

According to the study, sound-sensitive dogs can exhibit a variety of symptoms, such as the following:

  • Increased startle response
  • Hustle
  • Panting
  • Trembling
  • Hidden
  • Arched posture
  • Salivation
  • destructiveness
  • Defecation
  • Vocalization
  • self harm

According to the 2018 study, “Sound sensitivity in dogs is a widespread condition and is frequently associated with other behavioral issues and can cause significant damage to property and could be harmful to the dog itself. for people and other dogs”.

The latest video left several TikTokers in stitches. In a comment that got over 5,400 likes, user b wrote, “Blessssss, puppies are so confused as to why everyone is sitting around and relaxing when obviously the world is ending [crying laughing emojis].”

In a comment that received 3,400 likes, Oakley-Elizabeth wrote, “Hahaha that’s the side eye ‘you hear that right?’ [crying laughing emojis].”

Newsweek contacted the original poster for comment.

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