Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion – Review

Through a Dog's Ear

Through a Dog's Ear CDProduct: Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion

Where to buy: Amazon.com

Product specifications: Running time – 59:58

My rating: 5/5

 

Through a Dog’s Ear: Overview

Through a Dog’s Ear is a 1 hour CD of classical music (Bach, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann) played on a piano, solo.

The music has been bioacoustically designed to calm your dog, and clinically tested on more than 150 dogs, in a variety of settings, with very impressive results.

This particular project came about when a pianist named Lisa Spector, who helped raise guide dog puppies, noticed how calm they all became when she would play. She contacted a bioacoustician (a person who studies the effect of music and sound on the human nervous system) about making a musical album for dogs. And that’s how the story began.

I’d like to share the benefits it has brought to my life

I discovered this music about three weeks ago. I honestly don’t remember how, perhaps while researching ways to help my senior dog Red, who has dementia. However I found it, I’m just glad I did.

Red asleep after listening to Through a Dogs EarI first listened to the music on youtube, where a 13:58 sampler was available. The first time I played it for my dog, it calmed her virtually in an instant, and then I became intrigued.

Red has Canine Cognitive Disorder (CCD), which is basically doggie Alzheimers or doggie dementia. Add to that the fact that she’s blind, and it can make life a bit challenging, for all of us.

She’s generally okay, but sometimes she gets an episode and she just wanders aimlessly, unable to stop. It can be very hard to watch, especially when you feel so helpless. She is on condition specific medication, and we just added another product that contains Valerian. I imagine they are doing some good (I don’t know how she would be without them), but nothing calms her down like this music.

It was getting a bit irritating having to replay it every 13 minutes, and if I wasn’t quick enough, something else would kick in and spoil the mood. So I bought the CD, and I’m glad I did.

Just today Red was wandering aimlessly, so I sat on the couch with her, put the music on and in seconds she was out.

Not only does it help her, it relaxes me as well, to the point where I’m nodding off.

Features

Through a Dogs Ear BookletThe greatest feature is how well it works! The calming effect it has on my dog is my number one criteria, and it doesn’t hurt that I feel a lot more relaxed as well! The CD comes with a comprehensive booklet explaining the background of this endeavour, the studies undertaken, and what it all means.

Advice on how to get your dog used to the music, as well as handling some of the common anxiety producing events like thunderstorms, fireworks and separation anxiety is also included.

A 2002 study conducted in shelters in San Francisco and Belfast found that classical music relaxed dogs, while heavy metal made them agitated.

Four hours of “specially orchestrated and arranged music” was created, and clinical testing was done by a veterinary neurologist. More than 150 dogs from shelters, vet clinics, groomers, service dogs, as well as those who had homes were the “test” subjects.

After two years and two rounds of testing, it was determined that not just any classical music, but bioacoustically classical music was the most effective over pop and heavy metal. 70% of dogs in stressful shelter environments, and 85% of dogs in their homes were noticeably calmer after listening.

This music has also been shown to help dogs affected by thunderstorms, separation anxiety, fireworks, and company coming to visit.

Instructions for use

It is recommended to play this music for your dog when he’s in a relaxed state, on at least four separate occasions. This creates a positive association between the music and his calm state. Then you are able to play it when you feel Through a Dogs Earhe’s anxious. If you don’t see any results, stop and go back to trying it a few times when he’s calm. Then try again.

I am not recommending you ignore the instructions, but since I didn’t have the CD when I first stumbled onto the music, I wasn’t aware of this advice, so I just turned the music on, even though Red was already anxious and it worked, no problem.

The creators are the experts, so you might want to follow their suggestion, but that is entirely up to you.

Drawbacks

I read a lot of reviews, curious about how other peoples’ experiences compared to my own. As you would expect, there have been some dogs who did not benefit, but that is to be expected. It would be unrealistic to expect every purchaser of a product to be satisfied, or helped.

From my point of view, I cannot think of a single drawback.

What people who have purchased Through a Dog’s Ear are saying

“I love this CD! And so do my dogs! Wow, it’s so great. Very relaxing music, so I can enjoy listening to it too. Within 20 minutes of putting this in, all three dogs – even the hyper puppy – are laying down and chilling (: And believe me that is a rare moment in a house with 3 dogs. What a great tool for problems like separation anxiety too.”

“This CD is sensational. The music is beautiful and our 2 high-strung terriers relaxed very quickly when we put the CD on. We played it in the car as well as at home, and after only a few weeks they seem calmer even when the music isn’t playing. It should be a part of every dog owner’s essential care kit.”

“I used this first on the 4th of July. The worst day of my dog’s life. I put on the music, turned on the fan for a little block out noise and she lay down quietly right by the music. The whole night she would wake up a little look around then lay back down. This really works. Then I tried it out on the next thunderstorm. Same thing. Incredible. I’m telling you, try it, you will not be disappointed.”

“My nine year old dog has recently developed separation anxiety when left alone at home. Unfortunately, she chooses to show me how she feels by peeing inside when I’m gone! I bought this CD and played it on a loop for my dog while I was gone a couple of hours. For the first time in ages, there was no mess in the house when I returned. Now I play the CD every time I have to leave the house. I had been taking my dog in the car with me everywhere but can’t do that now that the weather is getting warmer so this CD is a real blessing!”

Through a Dog’s Ear is a lifesaver!

Caring for a senior dog with dementia, or any dog with anxiety issues, can be challenging. We want to do the very best we can, and if there is a product out there that can help, why wouldn’t we buy it?

I believe Red would be much worse off without Through a Dog’s Ear. Thankfully she now has a lot more calm and peaceful moments, than she would have without this product. I’m grateful I found it.

There are 3 volumes of Through a Dog’s Ear available specifically for elderly dogs. I was unaware of that when I bought the CD, but this one is doing wonders for Red, and that’s all I need to know.

I mentioned this to my vet, but he had no idea such a thing existed. I will be bringing it show him on my next visit. I’m hoping he will consider recommending it to others who have dogs who may benefit. Perhaps you might want to mention it to your vet!

Conclusion

I highly recommend Through a Dog’s Ear for anyone that has a dog suffering from dementia, or anxiety. I have seen it work, and have read glowing reviews from many satisfied listeners. It is created by experts, and tested in a variety of situations, with impressive results. What more can you ask for?

If you have an anxious cat don’t worry, there are CDs for them as well!

Buy it now and see how it can help your dog deal with stress and the affects of dementia.

Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion – Review
Hindy Pearson
Helping people care for their senior dogs
I am a certified dog trainer and pet care consultant, specialising in working with rescue dogs and first time pet parents. I foster and adopt senior and special needs dogs, and advocate for shelter adoption of all animals, particularly older dogs and cats. I am currently working on a spay/neuter program in Spain.

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14 thoughts on “Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion – Review

  1. My dog is starting to get up there in years and I have noticed that she does not tolerate the kids playing as much before she starts to get a bit anxious. This may be just the thing to help her ease into her older years. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi James, thanks for the comment. If your dog is becoming less tolerant of the noise, it’s possible she’s not feeling as well as she used to, maybe she’s losing her vision and she’s frightened by what she can’t see clearly. Have you noticed any changes in behaviour? If she’s not herself, perhaps a check up is in order. I think this CD is brilliant, it’s working wonders for my old dog. Good luck!!

      1. She actually recently went through a false pregnancy and had mastitis with it. We got her all fixed up and then fixed to prevent any further reoccurrence of it.

          1. Yes she most definitely is! I am happy to see her back to her old self again. Course that means chasing the kids around when they start getting too noisy too!

  2. hi Hindy
    wow, what a wonderful tool!! This is like a wonderful babysitter 🙂 So glad it calmed down and eased Red 🙂 and you! lol I am a big fan of classical music to relax. I actually used to put it on when I needed to write reports at work and needed to focus. It helped me calmed down and focus. So I can see it having that effect on dogs. Now, I listen to pow wow music for the same effect. People think I am crazy but it works for me and it had been proven to calm babies down too. But not sure about dogs 🙂

    1. Hi Emily, yes it is a wonder tool, I am so glad I found it. I’m one of those that needs dead silence, so as relaxing as the music is, I can’t write as much with it on. How said relaxing music has to be classical music. If pow wow music works for you, great. Interesting that it calms babies down – I guess it’s the hypnotic beat that does it.

  3. I wish I had read your review when my dog was still around. It would help her so much in her final years.

    I have been dogless for a couple of years now. My apartment wouldn’t allow any pets. I will remember this CD when I am able to have dogs again.

    Thank you for your review.
    Arief

    1. Hi Arief, I know what you mean. I wish I had discovered this sooner too, but at least we know about it now and I can help spread the word. It always makes me so angry when I hear of apartments not allowing pets. Not everyone is irresponsible, and what do they expect people to do? Shame they don’t realise how precious animals are.

  4. I’m going to get this for my sister’s dog. He’s an older chocolate lab with really bad anxiety when it comes to thunderstorms and fireworks. His sudden sprint for cover isn’t good for his old hips, which he’s already had surgery on to repair, poor guy.
    Thanks for the recommendation!
    Dara

    1. Hi Dara, I’m so glad to hear that, it’s worth a try. One word of advice, like I mentioned in my article – play it a few times when her dog is calm, then when he gets anxious he should associate the music with that feeling of calm. It doesn’t work on every dog, but it does help most. Good luck, and let me know if it helps!!

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