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Support Animals and Air Travel – What’s Changing in 2021 January 23, 2021 - Guest post from our friend Amy Adams at National Service Animal Registry Why are policies changing for emotional support animals on planes? Until recently, anyone who wanted to take their emotional support animal (ESA) on a plane didn’t have too much red tape to get through. The only requirement was… ... Keep reading >
Together All the Time: At Home with Pets During Covid-19 August 20, 2020 - On July 21st of this Covid year, we sent these questions to our iCalmPet email list.  We asked for feedback on our iCalm Gift Downloads Program, which we started as a response to Covid, and their experiences of it in quarantine. We were curious what it was like for people… ... Keep reading >
Keeping Your Dog Occupied at Home During Quarantine April 27, 2020 - (Guest post written by Mike Cahill, originally published at At this point, the majority of us have begun to feel the side effects of being stuck inside our homes during the quarantine. Whether it be boredom, fatigue, or just an overall lack of energy, at least we can understand… ... Keep reading >
Hearing Loss in Dogs 2020 [Causes + Solutions] March 8, 2020 - Your Complete Guide to Managing Their Hearing Loss: In this article, we'll explore all the causes of hearing loss in dogs, from most common to least, ending with solutions for the best care. Navigation: Age-related hearing loss Exposure to loud noise Stuck object Potential injury  Inflammation Harmful drugs Tumor-related Solutions… ... Keep reading >
Separation Anxiety And Your Dog: The Complete Guide February 22, 2020 - It’s that time of year again… the kids are going back to school after an action packed summer. It’s been fun for the children, and Buster has been so happy with the extra attention and playtime. Then one day, his world changes. The house is empty and he’s left home… ... Keep reading >
iCalmDog Reggae: 29 Surveyed Customers Transformed Our Belief January 29, 2020 - We knew iCD Reggae would work––it’s based on the same scientific and bioacoustic principles as our time tested classical music––we just didn’t know exactly how it would bring calm. It’s mostly drums and bass guitar for heaven's sake! So we sent out a survey to 29 random customers to learn how it was working… ... Keep reading >
How to Tune Your Home Environment: Through a Dog’s Ear Discussions October 30, 2019 - I started reading the book, Through a Dog’s Ear, soon after starting to work at iCalmPet. Even though the book was published in 2008, I found there was just too much fascinating and relevant information to keep locked up on the shelves! So in collaboration with the author and our… ... Keep reading >
Audio Books for Dogs… Calming or Confusing? January 17, 2018 - I'd share almost anything with my soul dog, Gina... my bed (by invitation), my food (when it's good for her), my music, and so much more. But, my Audible subscription? Nope! I REALLY LOVE Audible...  for me. My reading habits have changed over the years, and now I listen to… ... Keep reading >
Case Study: iCalmDog Music Stopped Barking Dog in Under 20 Seconds! November 11, 2016 - The barking Border Collie in our crating area at Cynosport World Agility Games was driving me (and everyone around me) crazy. So, I asked the BC's handler if I could bring over my iCalmDog 3.0 to see if the clinically tested music reduced his barking. I have to admit, Nim's… ... Keep reading >
Deepening the Human-Animal Bond Through Music November 6, 2016 - Sanchez and Gina lay by the piano every time I practice my concert repertoire. And, other times, I play music especially designed for dogs for them. There have been some very tender times involving music. But, a shared music experience with Gina in 2013 was one of the most connecting… ... Keep reading >
Can Music Really Heal Your Dog? November 4, 2016 - Four years ago, Sanchez was experiencing intense neck pain. My holistic veterinarian doesn't have x-ray machines, so I took him to a neighboring clinic that does. I was told he would need to be sedated unless he could lay completely still on his back for the x-ray. Not only was… ... Keep reading >
Dogs and 4th of July Fireworks: How to Calm + How to Solve June 14, 2016 - July 4th is quickly approaching. It can be a fun holiday for children and adults, but most dogs don't share their enthusiasm. In fact, almost all people with dogs in the U.S. declare this day the worst day of the year for their dogs. Veterinarians say July 3rd is usually… ... Keep reading >
8 Steps to Enriching Your Senior Dog’s Life May 18, 2016 - I can hardly believe that my yellow Labrador, Sanchez, is now 13 years old. I count my blessings that he is in good health and still enjoys our twice daily walks. But, I’m also aware that he can’t keep up to his activity level from even a year ago, let… ... Keep reading >
5 Tips for Calming Dogs During The Holidays (with video) December 10, 2015 - December is my most stressful month of the year, and I’m not even much of a holiday shopper. Regardless, traffic intensifies, crowds expand, my workload increases, and my patience decreases. The holiday season can be equally—if not more—stressful for our dogs. In addition to feeling the stress of their humans,… ... Keep reading >
How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Sound Sensitive? September 23, 2015 - As a musician with a discerning ear, I'm ultra sound sensitive. When I enter a restaurant, I make my decision to stay for a meal based as much on the sound environment as the menu and atmosphere. I've also been known to go into sensory overload in large crowds with… ... Keep reading >
6 Loving Ways To Comfort Your Senior Dog July 30, 2015 - Now that Sanchez is 12-years-old and showing signs of slowing down, I think often about ways to comfort him. While I'm very blessed that he is in good health, it's not unusual for senior dogs to lose memory, eyesight and experience hearing loss. Dogs also can experience some changes in… ... Keep reading >
5 Signs of a Responsible Dog Owner March 5, 2015 - Being a responsible pet parent may have many different definitions. But, it is more than just loving your dog and meeting his basic needs. Being responsible means learning how to understand the world from your dog’s point of view. Dogs speak a different language than people, and they are constantly… ... Keep reading >
3 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats November 13, 2014 - Your dog or cat may be curious about the pumpkins sitting on your front porch. Halloween is now in the past, and your pumpkin may be beautifully carved, but it might also be collecting bacteria. While it’s best they don’t eat that pumpkin, canned natural pumpkin (unsweetened – not pie… ... Keep reading >
5 Surprising Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Hearing September 11, 2014 - It’s extremely common for senior dogs to gradually lose their hearing, often until it’s completely diminished. However, there are many small changes we can make to our sound environment to help reduce their hearing loss. ... Keep reading >
Using a Sonic Inventory to Reduce Stress April 29, 2014 - April was National Stress Awareness Month. As humans we have a multitude of choices regarding ways to reduce our overall stress level, including taking yoga classes, drinking green tea, meditating, keeping a gratitude journal, etc. But, how about our dogs? ... Keep reading >
Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe on Halloween October 31, 2013 - It can be very fun for children to dress up and pretend to be a different character. But, dogs don’t understand the concept and can be very fearful of people wearing masks and costumes. And the huge number of children ringing the doorbell and yelling “Trick or Treat” can cause… ... Keep reading >
High Tech Gadgets for Pets (Win an iCalmDog) July 26, 2013 - The technology age may have been created by humans, but why shouldn’t pets also benefit? After all, Buster’s iPawd may relieve his canine anxiety issues, and Fluffy’s litter box could actually save her life. 4 High-Tech Gadgets for Pets: ... Keep reading >
Do NOT Play This at Home For Your Dogs March 27, 2013 - While I record music specially designed for dogs, Sanchez and Gina experience the full range of my concert repertoire. In addition to the slowed down, simplified classical arrangements on the Through a Dog's Ear recordings, I am often practicing music that is loud, fast, and lively. Keep in mind... ... Keep reading >
10 Dog Training Tips January 19, 2013 - January is National Train your Dog Month. My readers know that I’m an advocate of humane, positive, science based dog training. Every Tuesday on the Through a Dog’s Ear Facebook page is called “Training Tip Tuesday”. I ask fans and training experts to chime in with their training tips. Here… ... Keep reading >
Homemade Dog Treats for Holiday Gifts (with recipes) December 22, 2012 - I rarely make cookies for humans, so it was quite unusual for me to make treats for my dogs, Sanchez and Gina. But, I received this recipe for “Pumpkin Squeaks” Dog Treats from at Barkworld, and it looked so easy that I gave it a try. Now, I can’t… ... Keep reading >
Healing with Holistic Veterinary Care December 20, 2012 - Sanchez had been having neck problems for a few months. When I first noticed the problem, the symptoms were acute, appeared very suddenly after little activity, and were very worrisome. At the worst flare-up one weekend... ... Keep reading >
How to Calm Dogs During the Holidays December 8, 2012 - December is my most stressful month of the year, and I’m not even much of a holiday shopper (in fact, I make a commitment to not even enter a shopping mall between Thanksgiving and Christmas). But, regardless, traffic intensifies everywhere I drive, crowds expand wherever I go, my workload increases,… ... Keep reading >
Concerts for Dogs? Seriously? September 30, 2012 - Has my performing life gone to the dogs? You bet! I’m loving it, and dogs are barking for more! Combining my love of dogs with my music talent inspired the creation of Through a Dog’s Ear, music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Now, I’m combining my love… ... Keep reading >
How to Calm Dogs During a Thunderstorm with Sound Therapy July 22, 2012 - It's thunderstorm season. While I've read that 20% of dogs are thunder-phobic, the number may actually be higher, as it doesn't include people who have never sought treatment for their thunder-phobic dogs. After all, who would have ever known that treatment could be as simple as sound therapy? Honestly, even… ... Keep reading >
How to Calm Older Dogs with Music [a case study] May 16, 2012 - 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 ... Keep reading >
Is Mother’s Day for Dog-Moms? May 13, 2012 - Mother’s Day is not the easiest of holidays for me. I have no human children and have never been called “mom.” No one has ever said, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!” But, can we be mothers to species other than humans? ... Keep reading >
Sound and Dogs: How We Communicate March 11, 2012 - I am recovering from a sore throat and am giving my vocal chords a day of complete rest. Walks today have been speechless, including off-leash walks. In all honestly, there has been an occasional, dare I say it....... whisper. ... Keep reading >
Dr. Marty’s Recommendations for Calming Pets January 25, 2012 - 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… ... Keep reading >
Advice from a Dog December 1, 2011 - After reading “Advice from a Dog” on a beautiful card by Ilan Shamir of Your True Nature, I started thinking about everything my dogs have taught me. I have two “career change” dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Sanchez is an 8-year-old Yellow Lab. If Sanchez had a tag… ... Keep reading >
The Creation of the Canine Noise Phobia Series October 27, 2011 - I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria Stilwell in January 2011 at Clicker Expo. She had previously played Through a Dog's Ear music on It's Me or the Dog and it successfully helped the dogs get and stay calm. So I was eager ... ... Keep reading >
How to Keep Dogs Safe in the Car August 26, 2011 - My dogs, Sanchez and Gina, can often be found riding in my car. I don't have a completely fenced in yard at home, so I opt for a lifestyle in which they are with me often. I work from home, so when I run local errands, they hop in the… ... Keep reading >
How to Calm Your Dog During Fireworks July 10, 2011 - “I put the CD in at around 9:00 knowing the fireworks would be starting around 9:30. So down the basement, with Music to Calm your Canine Volume 1 playing, it couldn’t have been better! Thank you, Thank you! Three great nights of togetherness with beatiful background music and no shaking.” ... Keep reading >
10 Tips for Keeping your Dog Safe and Calm on July 4th July 3, 2011 - 10 Tips for providing a safe July 4th for your Canine Household. ... Keep reading >
Surviving Pet Loss May 29, 2011 - In the acknowledgments for Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 1, I wrote, “In memory of my beloved soul-dog, Byron. You remain forever in my heart.” While recording, I kept the above picture of Byron on the piano. I’ve been thinking a lot about him lately. Byron’s eight year memorial is… ... Keep reading >
Can One Person Make a Difference? May 15, 2011 - I regularly communicate with a multitude of people who make a difference in the lives of animals. Many conversations leave me in awe of how much people do to help animals. Sometimes it is part of their profession and other times it is through dedicated volunteer hours. Last week, I… ... Keep reading >
Are Senior Dogs More Sound Sensitive? May 2, 2011 - As I approach the big 50, I notice that I don’t have the same tolerance for loud environments that I did 20 or even 10 years ago. You rarely find me in Costo, clubs, or even loud restaurants anymore. Partly due to the crowds, but mostly due to the loud… ... Keep reading >
Free Therapeutic Music for You and for Rescues December 11, 2010 - Chloe - Rescued by Terri O'Connor from Border Collie Rescue Texas The following blog is from my post on December 3, 2010. I am a devout dog lover. So much so, that first thing every morning, I write on an index card, “By combining my passion for music with… ... Keep reading >
Are You Still Training that Dog? July 20, 2010 - 100_0918.MOV Watch on Posterous A local business owner, who sees me often with Sanchez, made a passing comment the other day that really got my attention. He said, “You’re always training that dog.” While he didn’t mean it as a criticism, he certainly didn’t intend it to be a compliment,… ... Keep reading >
Is Social Media Helping Our Dogs? July 14, 2010 - Casey Lomonaco teaching Meet and Greet with Dogs  Casey and I met first on Twitter (where I new her as @RBDT), then at the APDT conference, and then in person at her training center in Binghamton, NY I was having a conversation with a dear friend. He (and many other… ... Keep reading >
Does music therapy really work to calm dogs during fireworks? July 6, 2010 - photo: Kitty Perlsweig and Sanchez I am very deeply touched to read how Through a Dog’s Ear music helped calm so many dogs on their worst day of the year in the United States, July 4th. Phase two of clinical testing was purposely started just before July 4th, 2005. We… ... Keep reading >
8 Tips for Keeping Dogs Calm and Safe during Fireworks June 26, 2010 - This is a repost from a blog I wrote for a year ago. July 4th is around the corner, along with the fireworks that inevitably come with this holiday. Almost all humans with canines in the United States declare this day the worst day of the year for their… ... Keep reading >
The Dogs of Sounds True, publisher for Through a Dog’s Ear June 25, 2010 - It’s Take your Dog to Work Day and I am in Boulder, Colorado celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Through a Dog's Ear  publisher,  Sounds True. Before the party begins tonight, I stopped by the Sounds True office in Louisville and met all the dogs that come to work with… ... Keep reading >
Even Dogs Want to Know Why June 15, 2010 - I recently heard a TED talk video that made a profound impact on my thinking, exactly what TED talks are supposed to do. Simon Sinek speaks about The Golden Circle - Why, How, What? He says, “Everyone knows what they do. Some know how they do it. But, very few… ... Keep reading >
Why Do Dogs Howl? Interview with Joshua Leeds April 1, 2010 - Dogs everywhere have been howling to the theme song from Law and Order. It was so viral, that Dogster blogger, Maria Goodavage provided a link to 28 of them with just one click. While people think it is very entertaining, it appears that these dogs are very stressed by the… ... Keep reading >
Music and Sound Therapist for Dogs? March 17, 2010 - Recently, it's been unclear for me to answer the typical cocktail party question, "What do you do?" Sometimes I say, "I'm a concert pianist". Other times I say, "I own a music school". Sometimes it's "I help improve the lives of dogs." or "I'm a recording artist." Every morning before… ... Keep reading >