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Cesar Millan thinks Pride and Prejudice could cure your dog's anxiety

Cesar Millan, better known as "The Dog Whisperer," thinks a reading of Pride and Prejudice might be the cure to dogs' separation anxiety. That's why the famed dog-training guru has teamed up with Audible to make a guide to playing audiobooks for your anxiety-ridden pooch.

Some of the selected titles bear obvious canine connections, like Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes and A Dog's Purpose. It's less apparent why others, like Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Trevor Noah's Born a Crime, were selected for dog listeners. Millan will apparently explain the "canine appeal" in special video introductions for each audiobook, The Verge reported.

Millan claims to have the science to back up his reading recommendation, thanks to some research he's done at his Los Angeles-based Dog Psychology Center. The Verge reported that "out of 100 dog volunteers, 76 percent of dogs behaved in a more calm and relaxed manner after listening to the audiobooks over a four-week period" when left alone.

The remaining 24 percent at least emerged more cultured.