Spotify launches playlists for dogs left home alone

Brenda Watkins
January 17, 2020

Now, Spotify has answered that question by making a playlist for Rocky-and is giving listeners a chance to create their own pets' playlists as well.

The podcast runs in two five-hour stretches and features reassuring human voices, relaxing music and ambient sounds, including rain.

The Swedish audio streaming site, which has 113 million subscribers, has launched a range of "algorithmically curated" pet playlists and a new podcast meant to calm dogs left on their own.

Experts say that owners and pets can both listen along as research has seen that music can help calm animals.

The streaming service surveyed 5,000 of its users across the US, UK, Australia, Spain, and Italy and found 8 in 10 pet owners believe their pets like listening to music.

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"Providing dogs with varied auditory enrichment can be used to reduce stress and anxiety over longer periods of time", said Professor Neil Evans of the University of Glasgow, who was consulted on the project.

The company developed the podcast in partnership with animal experts, including British charity The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). "The type of music a dog listens to is important and research has shown that some music can help dogs relax while other types may have a less beneficial effect".

A new playlist generator, aptly dubbed "Pet Playlist" is now live and lets Spotify users select the type of animal they own and curate a selection of songs based on their furry friend's personality type. Incidentally, we only use the information you provide us to create your Pet Playlist.

If you've ever felt guilty about leaving your dog home alone, Spotify may be able to salve your conscience - by bringing out a podcast and range of playlists aimed at soothing lonely pets.

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