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

Through a dogs ear product review

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

The CD called Through a Dog’s Ear is incredible, and it helped me during some rough times. If, like me, you have a dog suffering from canine cognitive dysfunction (doggy dementia), your dog gets extremely stressed during thunderstorms, he’s cowering under the bed every time fireworks go off, or he’s suffering from separation anxiety, you’re going to want to read this review. Then you’re going to want to order this CD immediately!

If you run/work/volunteer at a shelter or rescue facility you’ll want to keep reading as well. It has not only helped my dog Red calm down significantly, it has helped me relax as well.

I am so amazed by this product I simply had to share my experience with you.

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Bio acoustically engineered music

Through a Dog’s Ear is one hour of classical music (Bach, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann) played on a piano, solo. Amazingly it has been bio acoustically 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 bio acoustician (someone 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. More about that later!

I would like to share the benefits it has brought to my life

I discovered this music just over two years ago when I was at the end of my rope, watching my dog Red wander for hours without any way to get her to settle. While researching things I could do (the vet had no explanation when all test results came back fine), I came across a 13 minute sampler of Through a Dog’s Ear on YouTube. I played it and I am not exaggerating when I say that a dog who would wander for 4 hours without stopping was sleeping in less than a minute.

A fluke you say? Definitely not! I played that CD for weeks, and while there had been the odd occasion when it took her longer to settle, it typically takes just a couple of minutes. What a relief for Red to be able to rest! Once I my senior dog resting after listening to Through a Dogs Earfound out she had dementia and started her on medication I didn’t need to rely on it as her only relief, but I still play it because it’s so calming for her…and the music is incredibly beautiful! 

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The feature is that it works for all of us!

The CD comes with an interesting booklet that explains the background of this endeavour, the studies undertaken, and how it came to be.

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. No surprise as I’m sure the same can be said for many humans!

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 pets were the “test” subjects.

After two years and two rounds of testing, it was determined that not just any classical music, but bio acoustically arranged 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.

To read more about the study here is a summary called “BIOACOUSTIC RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT (BARD)

For best results

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, so when he’s anxious and hears it he should get back to that relaxed state. If you don’t see results, play it a few times when he’s calm and then try it.

When I first stumbled onto the music it was on YouTube so I wasn’t aware of this advice. I just turned it on and it worked. The creators are the experts so you might want to follow their suggestion, but that is entirely up to you.


Curious about how other peoples’ experiences compared to my own, I read a lot of reviews. As you would expect, there have been dogs who did not benefit, but that is to be expected. It would be unrealistic to expect everyone to benefit to the same degree.

From my experience I cannot think of a single drawback.

Customer reviews

“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 Through a Dogs Ear Product Reviewbelieve 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!”

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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.


As you can tell I highly recommend this product, and I do believe every household would benefit, no matter the circumstances causing anxiety.

I have experienced its effects personally, 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?


I would love to hear about your experiences, so please leave a comment below.

If you share your life with a senior dog I would like to invite you to join my Facebook group Senior Dog Care Club. There you will find lots of helpful tips and advice, a place to ask questions and share experiences. I look forward to welcoming you.


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  1. James W D

    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. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      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. James W D

        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. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

          Sorry to hear she had to go through that. Definitely good to get pets fixed, hopefully she’s feeling better now.

          1. James W D

            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. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

            I hear you!

  2. Emily

    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. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      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. Arief

    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.

    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      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. Dara

    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!

    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      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!!

  5. Lara Elizabeth

    We love these CDs! Really helpful for my reactive dog in the car.

    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Glad to hear it Lara. I think it’s an amazing CD.

  6. Christine AnimalHealer

    I love this so much! It would seem that music to calm stressed animals would be a no-brainer. I can’t tell you how many shelters I have volunteered at and they are playing loud, head-banging music. It’s so upsetting. How can they not realize that this affects the animals in a negative way.

    As an animal healer, stressed pets are what I deal with the most. And improving the lives of shelter pets and getting them adopted sooner is one of my biggest goals. I’m sharing this with all my clients and on my social media. Thanks so much Hindy!

    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I know what you mean Christine. I’ve heard loud music at shelters as well, and combine that with strangers coming and going, staring into cages…it’s enough to stress anyone. Thanks for sharing and for all you do to help shelter pets.


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