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