New Alexa smart speaker skill plays music for your dog

New Alexa smart speaker skill plays music for your dog
It's doggie singalong time.
It’s doggie singalong time.

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By Sasha Lekach

“Who let the dogs out? Woof! Woof!”

That’s one of the songs (along with any other remixes of the Baha Men’s 2000 hit) we’d include on the new Alexa smart speaker skill for your dog. Puppy Jams! is an iHeartRadio music skill that plays songs for your dog even if you’re not around.

Monday is International Dog Day. Let your dog rock out in honor of the very official holiday by turning on the Alexa skill.

For any Amazon device connected to the digital assistant Alexa, you can say, “Alexa, open Puppy Jams!” Then you tell the AI how your dog is feeling: stressed, lonely, or happy. Based on the mood you indicated, the device will select an iHeartRadio playlist made for canines. 

The playlists aren’t just dog-themed songs, but classical melodies with soothing piano music and reggae — playlists that actual research has found de-stresses pups. Apparently, classical music increases sleep time for dogs and reggae and soft rock decrease stress levels. Be careful because fast, repeating songs have the opposite effect. “Who Let the Dogs Out” might actually get your pooch too keyed up. 

Either way: Woof, woof!

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