Rachel Maddow on "Dogs freak out over Law and Order theme?"

On tonight's episode of the Rachel Maddow Show, Ms. Maddow opened up a can of science whoopass on a Boing Boing post from earlier this week about the internet phenomenon of dogs freaking out when the Law and Order theme song is played.

You can watch the Maddow Show segment here. In it, canine behavioral expert Robert Brandau is accompanied by Chomper, a labrador retriever who is totally adorbs. Together, they explain why so many dogs have been observed in internet videos to have "a howling reaction" to the theme song of the Law and Order TV series.

Video above: Internet remix artist extraordinaire Joe Sabia takes a Final Cut knife to pretty much every YouTube video of a dog flipping out over this theme song.

Thanks again to Tara McGinley for first pointing us to this phenomenon. A special nod to nastynets contributor Joel Holmberg who started it all by making this grid of 35 youtube videos of dogs reacting to the song. Joel tells Boing Boing, "[I created it] when I was home visiting my family over christmas and noticed my family dog, Velvet, freaking out to the theme."