On his previous output Hiorthoy has mixed everything from folk, free- jazz, lo-fi electronics, acid, instrumental hip hop and field recordings. On Dogs he has stripped everything down to a minimum, and gone to the core of his characteristic sound. The album consists of mostly just piano and ambiance, with some beats, and on some tracks the occational synth. Dogs is his purest and most beautiful album. Hiorthoy himself cites Jan Johansson as an inspiration but says that for him the music on this album is still anchored in early hip hop, sample-based music (though there are no samples on Dogs), and even the simple, cheesy melodies of some 90s rave tracks. That said, Dogs probably owes just as much to the roots of ambient music: the minimalist beauty of Harold Budd, or even Eric Satie.