Many pet owners leave the TV or radio on when leaving their pet alone at home for a few hours. Sometimes they do it because they think their pet will feel less lonely. Especially in the case of dogs who suffer from separation anxiety when their owners, for example, are at work.
Humans are really loud creatures. This is because our main form of communication is the spoken word, and when we are in a group, these sounds make us feel safe and protected. Although they are used to us as a species, not all pets tolerate the sound we give rise to in the same way.
As with other aspects of the relationship we build with animals, there is a tendency to compare our emotions and finally understand them through a humanized perspective. Yet each animal species has its own ethology, which is the way of perceiving and communicating with the outside world.
To make our pets really happy and emotionally balanced, we must always try to understand them from their own perspective.
Radio and separation anxiety
Currently, many dogs living in a family suffer from stress and separation anxiety. Sometimes this behavior occurs only during the first months of the animal’s life. After this time, if the solitude training has been done properly, they will be able to be calm and safe when left alone in the house.
On the other hand, many dogs can develop separation anxiety at any time during their lives depending on a variety of factors. Therefore, we believe that separation anxiety in dogs is one of the most important behavioral problems and is often seen in veterinary clinics. Dog trainers and dog psychologists also often encounter this issue when working with anxious dogs.
Some dog owners, who have to deal with this problem, choose to try to make the animal feel as if it has company all the time. They can leave the radio on as company for the dog when they leave the house. But is this a good solution? Let’s take a look.
At first glance, and without going into specific cases, the answer is no. Leaving the radio on for a dog with separation anxiety does not solve the problem. On the contrary, it can even make it worse.
Separation anxiety in a dog can only be solved with the owners’ full commitment and with the guidance of a good dog trainer. The dog needs to trust you and know that you will be there to guide it as it exercises its own self-control and develops its own independence. These behavioral problems almost always require professional help, and leaving the radio on will not solve the disturbance.
Leave the radio on for parrots
Parrot birds (Psittaciformes) are also very popular pets. Do you think in their case that they would benefit from having the radio on when you go out? In this specific case, we must say yes. But let’s take a closer look at why.
Parrots live in large social groups in the wild. Anyone who has lived with a parrot can recognize that it is one of the loudest pets you can have.
These animals constantly make different whistles, howls, clicks and sounds, just like in their natural environment. For them, silence means that something dangerous or bad is happening. When a herd of parrots becomes silent, it is usually because a predator is approaching and they know it.
For that reason, it is always good for parrots to have some background music or other sounds in the house. Especially if they do not live with one or more of their species relatives. But remember that there must be a quiet environment at night so that they can rest and sleep properly. This is why people cover the birds’ cages with a sheet or something similar to give them a quiet night’s rest.
Do cats like to have the radio on?
Another common pet, which is popular with families, is the cat. Due to their independent nature, and that they are predators, our domestic cats are extremely quiet. All people who own an adult cat know that their pet’s favorite hobby is spending the day sleeping.
Cats are usually very quiet animals that prefer silence or soft ambient sounds. In fact, in homes where there are many loud, loud noises, such as bangs or screams, cats can develop behavioral problems such as misguided aggression, depression or anxiety.
But when the owner leaves the house, cats can also be affected. Despite their reputation as independent beings, cats are social animals that need a stable group and frequent contact with the members of their family. Leaving the radio on, however, is not the best option for them.
Is it OK to leave the radio on for your pet?
It is up to you if you want to leave the TV or radio on so that your pet does not feel lonely, if you think they need it. Maybe your dog prefers to always have that background noise because it helps him or her to calm down, or maybe you have a parrot that hates sounds like that.
Above all, we recommend that you discuss this type of issue with a professional who can delve deeper into the matter and sort out any doubts. Have you ever tried to leave your pet with the TV or radio on? Has it worked for you?
We hope you enjoyed reading some of the points of view that you should keep in mind when caring for your beloved pets. We’ll see eachother next time!