Associated Press and the Sun Sentinel report that Thailand now has a radio station for dogs. No, it hasn’t gone to the dogs. It was actually designed for dogs!
BANGKOK, Thailand — A Thai entrepreneur has launched an Internet radio station to put dogs in a better mood.
Anupan Boonchuen, director of a dog grooming school, said he launched Dog Radio Thailand this week because he has seen music improve the mood of dogs he grooms.
During classes, he turns on music for the dogs because “the music puts the dogs in a good mood and they’re more willing to let the groomers handle them,” he said.
The programming on dogradiothailand.com mainly comprises Thai pop music, but Boonchuen plans to expand offerings in which the disc jockey will “talk to the dogs in Thai,” and the canine listener will be encouraged to respond.
“At 9 a.m., we may have a dog greeting show, in which we’ll repeat ‘sawasdee’ (‘hello’) over and over… If we say ‘sawasdee,’ in some houses, the dog may lift both paws in response. In some houses, the dog may lift only one paw. It depends on how the dog was trained,” Anupan said.
He said, “If we play a slow song, we may have the DJ howl… because dogs howl, too, when they hear sad sounds.”
This story makes me wish I knew some Thai! Of course, it may not make any difference to my dogs. I’ll have to tune in via the web some time and see how my furbabies respond!