We, 100.5 The River, Grand Rapids and West Michigan's OFFICIAL Christmas Music Station, so proclaimed by Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, have been playing Christmas music since mid November this year. I must admit, I love Christmas music, and so do thousands of West Michiganders. But, guess what? So does your dog!

Next time you're listening to 100.5 The River and our Christmas music, check your dog. I'll bet they're loving it too.

According to an article on the website The Guardian.com,  your pooch has some favorite Christmas songs, too. And, according to a survey, dogs have a very specific taste in their favorite Christmas tunes. Those who took part in the survey said their pets liked upbeat tracks, rather than quieter, slower or instrumental ones.

Additionally, the Guardian.com article said that 90% of dogs like music, Christmas or not, and it can have a differing affect on them, ranging from making them energetic (23%) to helping them get to sleep (11%). A quarter of dog owners claimed that music was helpful to keep their dog calm or comfortable. I'll agree with that because when I had dogs, I would always leave music playing when we were away, feeling that the had a comforting effect.

So, what are the most favorite Christmas song for dogs? Survey says:

“Last Christmas,” Wham! -- chosen by 10% of pups.

“Jingle Bells” -- 9% of pups want to ride in a one horse open sleigh.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey -- 6%

But there are others. They loved "Driving Home for Christmas" by Chris Rea, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Michael Bublé, and "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney.

There you go, a great way to keep your pooch happy over the holidays. Just remember, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer is not gonna fly!

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