New Year’s Eve was really special this year. I performed an intimate concert in my living room to a lovely group of local music lovers. Sanchez and Gina soaked up all of the attention and, once they greeted all of the guests, slept comfortably in their dog beds near the piano. I couldn’t think of anyway that I’d rather bring in 2012.
The guests left by 10:30 and I had some quiet time to reflect on 2011. Through a Dog’s Ear experienced many memorable events and new partnerships. I attended Clicker Expo in January and met famed dog trainer Victoria Stilwell from Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog. Only a few months later, Joshua Leeds and I started having phone conversations with her about collaborating on a project. We discussed the needs of dogs and their people and decided to focus on dogs who suffer from sound phobias – everything from sensitivity, to construction noise, to thunder-phobia, and, of course, the dreaded 4th of July fireworks.
Our discussions ultimately lead to the release of our Canine Noise Phobia series. CNP is an innovative desensitization training tool that combines three distinctive elements for the treatment and prevention of sound-sensitivities and noise-phobias:
- progressive sound effects (distant/close)
- specially-designed psychoacoustic music (Through a Dog’s Ear)
- reward-based reinforcement protocols (Victoria Stilwell)
We also partnered with Adopt-A-Pet.com. They helped us find a corporate sponsor that funded the donation of 1,000 Through a Dog’s Ear CD’s to shelters across the country. This was a huge expansion of our already existing “Music in Shelters” program.
Earlier in the year, I sold my music school of 14 years, in the hopes of devoting all my energy to the growth of Through a Dog’sEar. This proved to be very good timing. Looking back, I don’t know how I would have managed to keep the school running with all of our new TaDE projects in 2011. And, I also am grateful to you, as all of this has been made possible because of your wonderful support. Thank you!
Have you tried Sound Therapy for your dogs? Through a Dog’s Ear is the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system.
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