The answer to separation anxiety?
We've all been there, the doleful eyes, the unhappy whine, the refusal to be separated. And, our dogs don't like it much when we leave them, either! Yes, leaving your pooch home alone can be tough but Spotify might just have found the answer.
Intended to be left playing as we leave the house, the new podcast from Spotify is called “My Dog’s favourite podcast” and is designed to soothe and relax our pups when we're away.
A star-studded, dog-loving cast
The podcast has been created in conjunction with the RSPCA and features the pleasing tones of Jessica Raine (of “Call the Midwife” fame) and Ralph Ineson (“Finchy” in “The Office” – yes, the one with the great voice!).
The podcast features soothing ambient sounds such as wind rustling through the trees and mindful affirmations read out by the stars.
Ineson can be heard saying,
“I’d stay here and stroke you all day if I could.”
While Raine adds,
“You just take it easy today. This is your chance for some well-earned me time.”
This isn't the first time sound has been touted as a potential soother for nervous dogs. Classic FM have broadcast special Bonfire Night shows to ease anxious pets for the last two years.
This may all sound like a bit of fun but animal welfare experts have asked that we put aside our scepticism. Dr Samantha Gaines, RSPCA dog welfare expert, said,
“While nothing can ever replace the company and presence of a dog's two-legged friend, research is increasingly showing the effect of music on dog behaviour. This is why we are supporting Spotify's My Dog's Favourite Podcast which is specifically designed to help dogs relax and be calm when their owner is away.”
If your dog gets anxious when you leave the house then it has to be worth a try.