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.
I 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.
The 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 he’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.
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!
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!