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Roll over, Beethoven: Dogs like music, too

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A group of Coton de Tulear puppies sleep as classical music plays over the ceiling-mounted speakers at the ASPCA in Manhattan. (Photo by Yvonne Villarreal)


Honey, a 3-year-old Pit Bull mix, lounges in her space as the slight sound of tinkling keys of a piano is played overhead at the ASPCA in Manhattan. Music should be played at low volumes because dogs hear at much higher frequencies than people do. (Photo by Yvonne Villarreal)

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Kennels, animal hospitals, and rescue shelters--and increasing numbers of dog owners--are using music to calm their pets. Others are making a business out of creating or marketing “pet-friendly” CDs and even a pet radio station.