Your dog is your best friend, plain and simple. You walk together, eat together, and share each other’s highs and lows through games of fetch and slobbery embraces. But despite your unbreakable connection, you couldn’t find a way to share your love of books with invariably illiterate Fido—until now.
Audible, the Amazon-affiliated company responsible for the recent resurgence of audiobook popularity, has announced that it is partnering with canine aficionado Cesar Millan to create an audiobook service tailored to dogs. Millan, a professional dog trainer known for his dog-training TV series ‘The Dog Whisperer’, will work with Audible to curate audio samples that will keep pups calm and focused while their humans are at work.
“I’m always looking for ways where people don’t feel guilty, worried, (or) stressed when they leave their dogs alone,” Millan said, pointing out that separation anxiety and boredom is a major cause of bad behavior in dogs. Unlike regular old music or talk radio, Millan, claims, audiobooks provide “a consistency of tone” that allow a dog to relax and desist from destructive or disruptive behaviors.
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Millan’s statement does have legs: a 2015 U.K. academy study found that audiobooks did reduce stress in dogs more than music, and a study done through Millan’s Dog Pyschology Center had 76% of 100 dog owners reporting an increase in tranquil behavior from their furry friends after listening to audiobooks over a 4-week period.
For maximum effect, Millan suggest owners play audiobooks narrated by a reader of the same gender as themselves. Multiple titles for the series have already been chosen from Audible’s 350,000 audiobooks: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ performed by Rosamund Pike, Trevor Noah’s ‘Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood’ performed by Noah, and Garth Stein’s ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ performed by Christopher Evan Welch being a few examples.
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In addition, an original Millan-narrated audiobook entitled ‘Cesar Millan’s Guide to Bringing Home a Shelter Dog’ will be available for free download. To sweeten the deal, Audible will donate a dime per download to North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill and adoption organization based in Long Island, New York.
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