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How to Calm Older Dogs with Music [a case study]

I’ve always celebrated all of my dog’s birthdays and remember them all to this day. No big birthday cake, but I always do something special to honor the occasion. It usually involves a new toy, treats, and extra time with my birthday dog enjoying an outdoor activity together.

According to a study by the Purina Pet Institute, 43 percent of dog owners celebrate birthdays, while 29 percent celebrate their cat’s birthdays. If that’s accurate, them I’m actually in the minority.

Sanchez turns nine years old today ~ May 17, 2012. How could he possibly be nine already? He  was just a puppy yesterday, wearing his “Puppy in Training for Guide Dogs for the Blind” green jacket. Even though he was bred and raised to be a guide dog, he was “career changed” at 18 months of age, for being “too much dog” and I was then able to adopt him.

He’s taken the term “career changed” quite literally, as he’s since had a multitude of careers, including agility, musical canine freestyle, acting, student greeter, and mascot/ dog model for Through a Dog’s Ear.

Sanchez was quite the rambunctious, highly energetic puppy. So much so that he was the inspiration for Through a Dog’s Ear. When he was four months old, I took him to a seminar taught by sound researcher Joshua Leeds. I was curious to learn about psychoacoustics, the study of how sound and music affects the human nervous system. Joshua’s application-specific soundtracks were being used in homes, clinics, classrooms, and neuro-developmental centers around the world. Although I attended Joshua’s workshop so that I could learn how to bring his psychoacoustic principles back to my music school, little did I know that I would also be bringing them into the canine world.

After Joshua’s lecture, I started trying the same psycho-acoustic principles on Sanchez. I wondered if he would calm down if I slowed down and simplified Bach and lowered the frequencies. Did I mention that Sanchez was a bundle of energy? It was fascinating watching how reactive Sanchez was to this specialized music and how quickly he calmed down when the music with the right prescription of beats per minute, frequency range, and simplification were played.

No matter what his age or career, one thing that has remained constant throughout the years is my love for him and the healthy sound environment I provide. He goes with me almost everywhere, but when I leave Sanchez and Gina, they listen to Music to Calm your Canine Companion.

If Sanchez had a tag line, it would be “It’s All About Me”. And this is how you benefit from it being all about Sanchez on his 9th birthday. Join our virtual pawty and save $9 until May 19th….

Sanchez on the eve before his 9th Birthday

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Enjoy Through a Dog’s Ear music with your canine family at an irresistible price. And please join me in woofing Señor Sanchez a very happy 9th birthday!

Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday? If you don’t know the actual birthday, do you celebrate your adoption date or make up a date? Thanks for letting us know with a comment below.

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1 thought on “How to Calm Older Dogs with Music [a case study]

  1. I do celebrate my dog’s b-day. Similar to Lisa I do a little something special, maybe an extra treat.

    I am just so thankful for my dog and her companionship, I am happy to have an excuse to give her an extra something.

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