Skoda has released a new music playlist on the Spotify streaming service, but it’s not aimed at drivers.
on the contrary, happy hound The playlist is a curated selection of songs designed to help the 60% of dogs experiencing anxiety while traveling in a car.
Three quarters of dog drivers surveyed said they were distracted by their furry friends while on the road.
That makes nervous dogs a road safety issue for Skoda, with the brand now a sponsor of the famous Crufts dog show.
Relaxing Tunes for Dogs
Developed by leading dog behaviorist Anna Webb, Happy Hounds includes songs scientifically proven to help canines feel calm.
The beats per minute (BPM) of the selected song mimics a dog’s heart rate. Simulated heart rate has been shown to have a soothing effect.
The choice of music genre is also important, Webb notes that “it turns out that dogs love reggae,” and that heavy metal may disrupt their sleep cycles.
Webb also gives tips on how to make your dog feel more comfortable while traveling. This includes securing them with seat belts before getting into the car, making sure the temperature in the car is set to 20C and turning the music volume down first.
Webb also recommends familiarizing your dog with a music playlist before driving. This means the dog will associate the song with a time of relaxation and thus feel less tense in the car.
After creating the playlist, Webb tested the songs with drivers who struggled with dog anxiety while driving.
The top 10 songs on the Skoda Happy Hounds playlist are:
- No Woman Doesn’t Cry – Bob Marley and the Weepers
- OMG – Adele
- Good Day – SZA
- Not just a woman – Bee Gees
- Antihero – Taylor Swift
- Orphans – Coldplay
- Back – James Black ft. SZA
- Sweets – Paolo Nuttini
- Dream – Fleetwood Mac
- Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
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