Cesar Millan Reads to Your Dog While You’re Out, Thanks to Audible
Audiobook company Audible has teamed up with ‘The Dog Whisperer,’ Cesar Millan, to offer a new service to busy pet parents. The audiobook selections will be geared to dogs, but designed to help their humans feel less guilt when they have to be separated.
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In essence, these audiobooks will ease separation anxiety for humans when it comes to leaving their dogs! Millan believes that the books will help dogs and their owners be calmer when they are apart, and that humans can feel like they are giving their pooches a little ‘company’ when by themselves.
The selection of books will be chosen by Millan, and have their own featured page on Audible’s website. But be cautioned, you just might want to listen in too, with titles like Soldier Dog and The Art of Racing In The Rain (Cesar’s pick this month)!
The new venture is based on research from 2015 that showed dogs who were kenneled to be calmer and rested when listening to audiobooks, versus listening to music (even music designed for dogs!) or no background noise at all. More, Millan’s also looked into the effect of audiobooks on dogs and found that dogs tended to show positive behaviors after they’d listened to audiobooks.
Millan believes audiobooks tend to have a consistency of tone that television, radio and some podcasts just don’t have, and humans can choose books where the narrator’s gender matches their gender, giving more familiarity and comfort to their dog.
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Audible is a $14.95/subscription service, but they’ve released a new audiobook by Millan that is free for download. The company has also announced that $.10 of each download for the rest of the year will be donated to the North Shore Animal League in New York.
So, really, what do you have to lose? You and your dog get some great ‘reading’ in and you help pets in a no-kill shelter. Pardon me while I go tell Alexa to choose a book for my pups right now!
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