Announcing the release of Audible for Dogs, a curated collection of audiobooks for dog owners to play when leaving their furry friends at home.
Curated in collaboration with dog lover, Osher Günsberg, and animal behaviourist, Dr Susan Hazel, Audible for Dogs—developed by audible.com.au—was inspired by an independent study by Hartpury College in the UK.
The study suggests listening to audiobooks can positively influence kennelled dogs’ behaviour—and that of pooches left home alone by their owners—in that the animals spend less time alert and more time resting compared to what they would if exposed to other audio influences like music.
Audible.com.au worked with Dr Susan Hazel and Osher Günsberg to curate the Audible for Dogs collection, chosen for their calming narration, evenly paced narrative, and length—lasting a full workday away from home.
Selections include Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice narrated by Rosamund Pike, Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield narrated by Richard Armitage, and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, narrated by Rachel McAdams. Selected audiobooks from the curated collection have been bundled together, so dog lovers can choose a classics collection for highbrow canines, or an Aussie collection for their true-blue heelers.
The research shows audiobooks can potentially increase the likelihood of rehoming kennelled dogs, so to celebrate Audible for Dogs, Audible.com.au has partnered with the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.
Audiobooks from the Audible for Dogs collection are being played for their rescue dogs, who may find the shelter environment stressful.