Audio books for dogs are now a thing

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The Bottom Line: 

 Audible For Dogs hopes narrated books will help keep your pooch calm while you’re out

 The Full Story:

  • The Amazon-owned company Audible, which is the largest seller of  narrated books, is coming out with a line of narrated books for dogs,  aptly titled Audible For Dogs
  • The aim is to keep dogs happy while their owners are out by having them listen to great works of literature
  • “Dog  Whisperer” Cesar Milan has teamed with Audible for the line, and  suggests it’s the “tone” of the books that will help keep dogs relaxed  while they are home alone

Ask any  dog owner and they’ll probably tell you that their dog is brilliant,  and soon you’ll be able to foster that brilliance by getting your dogs  into books.

Believe  it or not, the Amazon-owned company Audible, which is the largest  seller of narrated books, is coming out with a line of narrated books  for dogs. They’ve teamed with “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan for  the line, which they are caliling Audible For Dogs, which aims to keep  dogs happy while their owners are out by having them listen to popular  titles.

It’s no  secret dogs can behave badly while their owners are out, with pooches  known to bark or destroy a home due to separation anxiety. So, why will  books work to calm them and not something like music or the TV? “It’s  the consistency of a tone that allows the dog to stay in that (relaxed)  frame of mind,” Millan says. He advises that owners first exercise their  dog and get them relaxed before trying out the books, and then sit and  listen with them to discover which titles work for their particular  pooch. He also advises owners pick a book narrated by someone with the  same gender as the owner, and have it on average volume, playing through  something like an Amazon Echo.

As for what books are being offered, so far choices include Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” narrated by Rosamund Pike, Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” narrated by Noah hismelf, W. Bruce Cameron’s “A Dog’s Purpose,” read by William Dufris, Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” read by Christopher Evan Welch and more.

Source: USA Today

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