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When Dogs Bring Us The Best News!


Sometimes the best things in life happen through synchronicity. In my world, those things often involve dogs.

I am an Airbnb host, and over the Christmas holiday my guest was a senior reporter for the Sacramento Bee. When visiting my home, it’s pretty obvious that my life is all about music and dogs. She inquired about my career as a canine music expert and mentioned it would make a great story. Within a week, she sent over a reporter and photographer/ videographer. It culminated in a very fun interview with Sammy Caiola and photo/video recording session with Manny Crisostomo.

Click here to watch the video and read the article:


SacBee Highlights


I was thrilled that my dogs were the stars of the video. Gina may have stolen the show on this one, but Sanchez is turning 13 years old in a few months, and I’m so grateful for every video of him. When Through a Dog’s Ear launched in 2008 with our first CD and book on The CBS Early Show, he became our mascot. He was present at numerous press interviews, always eager to be in front of the camera. It’s heartwarming for me to see him now greet photographers, journalists, and videographers with the same enthusiasm he had as a young pup.

Also in the news…

‘Fear Free’ Veterinarians Aim To Reduce Stress For Pets

As luck would have it, the launch of iCalmCat in January, collided with some additional incoming press. I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

Associated Press released an article about creating Fear-Free Veterinary Clinics. The article received massive global coverage ~ ABC News, Huffington Post, CBS, Israeli News, etc. Words can’t express how much it means that Through a Dog’s Ear & Through a Cat’s Ear is part of the Fear-Free Veterinary Clinic initiative. I am beyond thrilled that Dr. Marty Becker is championing this project so near and dear to my heart.

The “Fear-Free” movement was started by Dr. Marty Becker, known as “America’s Vet.” In addition to being the Chief Veterinary Correspondent for the American Humane Association, he is a man with a big heart, committed to helping animals everywhere. You may have also seen him on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by him in New York City a year ago. (video below)

In regard to Fear Free Veterinary Visits, Dr. Becker suggests the following two veterinary practices:

1) At every moment of truth, ask yourself or the team, “If the pet could talk…what would she say right now?”
2) Take the pet out of petrified… and put pets back into practices.

Great additional suggestions here for creating a fear free clinic, many you can share with your vet.



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And the Oscar for Best Dog in a Feature Film Goes to…

Uggie may have gotten all of the attention at last year’s Academy Awards, but Sanchez and Gina are walking the red carpet this year!

They are overwhelmed with all of the nominations from Through a Dog’s Ear fans.

Sanchez was nominated best actor in a leading role for his appearance in Lisa’s video blog:

Nightly Rituals with Dogs

Sanchez’s movement of his eyebrows to enhance his facial expressions is unmatchable. Turns out the movie was a sleeper. In the three days since it’s premiere, the movie has already received over 1,300 views on youtube. That translates to over a thousand zzzzzzzzzzzzz’s from dogs, and their people now know about sound therapy as a remedy for canine anxiety solutions.

Sanchez is woofin’ about his second nomination, as his fans also recognized him for best cameo role in a video blog when he upstaged the human lead actor and actress (Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector) in

The Story Behind Through a Dog’s Ear

Visually, he doesn’t appear in the movie until 7:53, but you’ll hear sounds of him off camera at 6:21. He definitely stole the show!

In the same video blog, Gina‘s fans nominated her for best supporting actress in her role as a kisser. You can view her unabashed kissing at 8:30.

Although unable to attend the Academy Awards, Sebastian (the dog from the Humane Society of New York who was later adopted by Good Morning America Host Lara Spencer) was nominated for cutest dog to appear in:

Stress Busters for Pets, as Seen on

Good Morning America

Do you think Sanchez, Gina, and Sebastian should win Oscars? Do you have any nominations of your own to add? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment below. 

Delivering Calm, four paws at a time…

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Sanchez and Gina’s Wardrobe by Pam Tatar. (Click to view her adorable doggie accessories.)                                                                         

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I’ll Choose Door Number …???

A year ago my life changed. Because of my deep desire to improve the lives of dogs using sound therapy, I made the decision to sell my music school that I owned for 14 years and devote my full working time to the growth and expansion of Through a Dog’s Ear. Although it appeared as a decision I made, it felt as if life just made it for me. I just followed the signs that were showing up.

It is often said that when one door closes, another opens. When I said good-bye to my music school, I wasn’t sure what doors would open, I just trusted there were magnificent gifts behind all the doors.

Door #1: In January 2011, I attended Clicker Expo and met Victoria Stilwell, star dog trainer on Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog”. She had played Music to Calm your Canine Companion for stressed out dogs on several of her shows, with great results, so she was very familiar with Through a Dog’s Ear. Through the course of several months, Joshua Leeds and I enjoyed phone conferences with her, brainstorming ideas for a collaborative project. When discussing the needs of dogs, we wanted to create an auditory tool for the prevention and treatment of canine anxiety disorders, hence the creation of our joint project, the Canine Noise Phobia series.

CNP is an innovative desensitization training tool that combines three distinctive elements:

  • progressive sound effects (distant/close)
  • specially-designed psychoacoustic music (Through a Dog’s Ear)
  • reward-based reinforcement protocols (Victoria Stilwell)

We launched CNP at the Association of Pet Dog Trainer’s Conference in San Diego in October 2011, where Joshua and I were co-presenting. We were thrilled with the enthusiastic response from all the trainers and have enjoyed all the wonderful testimonials coming in since the October launch, including this from N. Weller in St. Louis, MO.

“I am preparing for the New Years Eve firworks. We are relaxing to the Canine Noise Phobia Fireworks CD. My skittish Greyhound fights hard to stay awake. The subtle fireworks make him stare at the speaker. Then he drifts off. 75+ lb brindle boy, sleeping like a baby. Mom might have to curl up too.”                

Door #2: When we launched our first CD in 2008, we knew that it would help calm dogs in shelters (as phase one of clinical research was tested in shelters), and we were hopeful that it would help increase adoption rates. So we started providing CD’s at cost to shelters and rescue organizations. The shelters played the two CD’s we sent them, Music to Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 1 and 2, and foster homes of the rescue organizations played them for their transitioning dogs. Our publisher, Sounds True, donated 2,500 CD’s to be sent home with the new adopters to play in their homes for their newly adopted dogs. By 2011, we had sent CD’s to about 400 shelters and many had reported an increase in adoption rates. The music was creating a quieter shelter environment, encouraging visitors to stay longer, and adoption rates were increasing.

In early 2011, had become familiar with Through a Dog’s Ear and our shelter program. We both share the mission of helping shelter and rescue dogs find their forever homes. They were able to match us with a corporate sponsor that donated 1,000 copies of Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 2 to 1,000 shelters throughout the United States at the end of 2011. We are thrilled that Through a Dog’s Ear music is helping even more dogs find their forever homes.

Door #3: On January 25, 2012, Through a Dog’s Ear was featured on Good Morning America on a segment called “Stress Busters for Anxious Pets”. We were honored to be one of four sensory integration products that was recommended by “America’s Vet”, Dr. Marty Becker.

Door #4: Two weeks after the Good Morning America feature, Music to Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 1 reached Billboard’s Classical Top 20 chart! When I was a student at Juilliard, I never could have guessed that I’d be going through the doggie door to make Billboard. Well, all I can say is, “My tail’s waggin!”

What’s behind Door #5? We create therapeutic sound tracks cross species. Stay tuned for some pretty exciting news about music we are releasing this year for an additional two species. What species are you interested in introducing to psychoacoustics?

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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Stress Busters for Pets, as Seen on Good Morning America

Dr. Marty Becker's Recommendations for Stressed Out Pets 1/25/12

We live in a world of sensory overload. Human made sounds are constantly buzzing, beeping, dinging, and ringing. Each sound represents something that is calling our attention. And if we treat ourselves well, we have mechanisms for providing our bodies and souls with de-stressing techniques such as yoga, meditation, drinking green tea, etc. But, how about our pets? They don’t know what a text message sound or the buzz of the laundry machine finishing it’s cycle means. If they are lucky, they get a lot of exercise, but what about environmental enrichment that helps calm them?

We put domesticated dogs and cats in our human world and basically say, “Please adjust“. I feel it’s our responsibility as loving pet owners to provide them with natural remedies to relieve the stressful human world they live in with us. Recently on Good Morning America, Dr. Marty Becker, known as “America’s Veterinarian”, recommended four products that help de-stress pets. Each is a natural product that appeals to a different sense. Since dogs and cats rely so heavily on their senses, it’s no surprise that these products help to calm them while engaging their auditory, tactile, olfactory, or visual capabilities.

Dr. Becker’s recommendations for stressed out pets:

1. Scent: Feliway Electric Diffuser (for cats) and Adaptil (for dogs)

The scent hormone in the diffuser duplicates the smell of a cat’s natural scent glands and permeates throughout the environment. The diffuser helps to restore a feeling of calm in cats. Adaptil contains DAP® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) and is recommended for preventing and reducing stress-related behavior in puppies and adult dogs. Dr. Becker sprays this on his hands to help calm his patients.

2. Sound: Through a Dog’s Ear

This specially designed and simplified classical music is clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Anxiety issues were greatly reduced with 85% of dogs when tested in their home environments, and over 70% of dogs in shelters calmed to the soothing sounds of Through a Dog’s Ear. As a side benefit, the music also calms the human nervous system. Listen to sound samples and watch the video below to see how the dogs at the Humane Society of New York chill very quickly when Calm your Canine Companion is played for them.

3. Sight: Gentle-Leader Calming Cap

The Calming Cap reduces the visual stimulus that makes a dog agitated by filtering his vision. Like horses, sometimes reducing some of their visual stimulus helps to calm them. While the gentle fitting cap covers their eyes, it is sheer so they still have some visibility.

4. Touch: Thundershirt

This pressure wrap uses gentle, constant pressure to calm dogs, effectively aiding anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years. Originally developed to help dogs with thunder-phobia, it has also helped with many other anxiety issues.

Watch Dr. Becker on Good Morning America discuss his recommendations.

At air date on 1/25/12, all of the dogs shown on the Good Morning America segment were available for adoption. But, at least one no longer is. Lifestyle anchor Lara Spencer wasn’t kidding when she said she didn’t want to let go of Sebastian. she ended up adopting him herself!

As co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear and pianist on the music series, I was elated and honored to see our Calm your Canine Companion series being featured along side these fabulous product recommendations.

What products do you use that help calm your pets and relieve their anxiety issues? Thanks for posting your comment below.

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.

Receive a FREE DOWNLOAD from the Through a Dog’s Ear

Calm your Canine Companion Music Series

Simply click here, enter your email address and a link to the free download will be delivered to your inbox for you and your canine household to enjoy!