Do you ever leave music on for your dog to keep them company while you’re gone, or maybe put on a TV show? Well, turns out you might just be wasting electricity . . .
A new study looked at how dogs behaved when their owners played music and audiobooks while they were gone. And in general, it didn’t make a big difference.
If music helped, it was only a little. And audiobooks had NO effect.
The study involved 82 different dogs. Some sat in silence . . . some listened to Mozart . . . and others listened to the audiobook version of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.
The classical music DID seem to help them settle down a little faster at first. But that was the only real difference, and they still showed other signs of stress.
The researchers didn’t look at whether the visuals from a TV might do anything. But they say that sound alone appears to offer, quote, “little value to dogs” dealing with short-term stress. (Meanwhile, your cat couldn’t care less about anything, ever.)