Lisa Spector, known as The Pet Calming Maestro, is a Juilliard graduate concert pianist. By combining her passion for music with her love of dogs, she co-created Through a Dog’s Ear, the only music clinically shown to relieve canine anxiety issues.
As co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear and the pianist on the music series, she has appeared on the CBS Early Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and Victoria Stilwell’s Positively podcast. In 2012, Through a Dog’s Ear was featured on Good Morning America and their inaugural CD, Music to Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 1, reached Billboard’s Classical Top 20 Chart.
As a concert pianist, Lisa has won first prizes in Chopin competitions in New York and Los Angeles and has performed in China, Poland, Spain, France, Italy and throughout the U.S. (Click here for more on her concert career.)
Spector heads the Through a Dog’s Ear “Music in Shelters” program, a project inspired by her volunteer work in shelters. Her piano playing is currently played in over 1,500 shelters and rescue organizations worldwide, where it is helping increase adoption rates. In addition to calming the dogs, it helps create a quieter atmosphere, encouraging visitors to stay longer and adoption rates to increase. The donated music is also sent home with adopters and their new forever dogs.
A former puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Lisa performs Classical Canine Concerts (for people and dogs) as fundraisers for non-profit animal organizations. Currently she shares her heart and her home in the San Francisco Bay Area with Gina, her “career change” dog from Guide Dogs. She also raised Sanchez (R.I.P.), who became her inspiration behind Through a Dog’s Ear and the first official mascot.
Actively involved in dog agility, her dog Gina has earned numerous agility titles and competed at USDAA Cynosport 2014 & 2016. (United States Dog Agility Association Nationals).