Katy on…Through A Dog’s EarPosted: March 9, 2009
I’ve been meaning to write you….
For Christmas, the Apsos got some Dog Music. You may have heard of it, as it is produced in Boulder.
It’s called “Through a Dog’s Ear”. “Music to Calm Your Canine Companion is the first CD in a new series of music clinically demonstrated to deeply relax dogs. Based on pioneering research into how the canine nervous system responds to sound, psychoacoustic expert Johua Leeds and concert pianist Lisa Spector have created music that is twice as effective as conventional classical selections for reduction of canine anxiety behaviours. Research conducted with 150 dogs showed that the psychoacoustically designed classical piano arrangements on this CD induced calmness in 70 percent of dogs in shelters or kennels and 85 percent of dogs in households.” There is a book that explains the theory and how this all came about, but each CD also comes with a little booklet that is very informative and gives lots of advice for their use, i.e., Separation Anxiety, Thunderstorm, Fireworks, Excitement with Visitors, Boarding, etc.
We bought three of the CD’s: one just for the dogs (which is deeply calming for dogs and people, too), one for the whole household (which is upbeat and lively, and is lovely for background music without putting you to sleep) and one for the car (which promises to relax the dogs and not put the driver to sleep!). We’ve used them since Christmas and find that they really do seem to relax the dogs. I play the Dog’s Ear CD whenever we leave the house, and they seem to just relax and go to sleep when we’re gone. I play the one for the whole household when I’m painting, and it’s very conducive to creative work, while keeping the dogs happy (and the birds, too!). We got the one for the car, not because we have any specific car issues, but Wyatt does get car sick occasionally. Hard to tell yet, but whenever we’ve played it, he’s been fine, no anxiety and no car-sickness. Much better than drugs! They are $14.95 each, but they have “deals” which is how I bought the three CD’s in one package.