How iHeart’s Pet Radio Will Keep Your Pet Company When You’re Not Home

April 15, 2024 10:42 am in by Pip Doyle

If you’re worried that your pet might feel uneasy while you’re out and about, there’s now a iHeartRadio station dedicated to keeping your four-legged friend chilled out until you get home.

Introducing Pet Radio, a station of soothing songs, gentle tracks, and instrumental music such as classical, soft rock and reggae that will keep your pet company for roughly nine hours. Why these specific songs? Several studies found simple, serene sounds can help your pet chill out or experience less stress. and is a mix of classical, soft rock and reggae.

Animal behaviourist Dr. Deborah Wells published a study showing the relaxing effects of classical music on dogs. The research found that dogs spent more time resting and being quiet, and less time standing when exposed to classical music compared to heavy metal music, pop music, or conversation.

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Later research found that other types of music were just as effective at reducing stress in pets.

A study by Dr. Susan Wagner, a board-certified veterinary neurologist, concluded solo piano music calms down dogs more than classical music. Another study found that playing soft rock and reggae for kennelled dogs led to more relaxed behaviours and increased heart rate variability, which indicates less stress.

Ready to turn on some comforting tunes for your pet? To access Pet Radio, you can visit the free iHeartRadio app or ask Alexa to “Play Pet Radio on iHeartRadio.”

The iHeartRadio app is also available on your smart TV.