Last week I wrote about tips for surviving bonfire night. While researching that topic, I also found a pretty cool, albeit strange initiative sponsored by More Than Pet Insurance: a calming audiobook for dogs. It’s a story of big dog Stanley who finds a new friend. The key point however, is the way the story is read. Actor Simon Callow reads the book using specific tones and pronouncation, elongating some vowels, shortening some sentences, adding vibration to certain letters. The choice of these techniques is very specific, and has been developed in cooperation with dog behaviourist Karen Wild, in order to soothe your dog during a firework show. You are supposed to play the recording over the few days before bonfire night and then during it. Here’s a little sample:
I was immediately captivated by the idea, seeing how it is related to using music to calm a stressed canine. The dogs in the video seemed pretty chilled! Also, the comments on youtube are very positive about the effects. But I wonder if having the owner do this would be more effective? Surely, if it was a stranger’s voice my dog would just brush it off as background noise from radio or TV? What do you think? Has anyone tried audiobooks for dogs?
- A Bedtime Story For Your Golden Retriever – Really! Free Audiobook (thedailygolden.com)
- British Scientists Develop First Soothing Story for Pet Dogs (naturenplanet.com)