Lisa Spector is the original blogger for Through a Dog’s Ear/iCalmPet. Between September 2009-January 2018, she wrote 205 blogs that are authentic, informative, and emotionally perceptive. Lisa’s most recent blogs can be found starting January 17, 2018, and working backwards. We know you’ll enjoy them, and thank you, Lisa!

Latest Posts

The Tales that Won our Hearts June 22, 2018 - Congratulations to the winners of the first ever iCalmPet Story Contest! Thank you to everyone that submitted, we received so many great stories, it was hard to pick only a handful. Read the stories that stole our hearts! Laura Lang placed first with this incredible story: I had tried everything… ... Keep reading >
Improvements from the Inside, Out June 14, 2018 - Our 4.0 Player is almost here! You may have already heard about the newest iCalmPet speaker - model 4.0. But, you may be wondering why we have so many models and why we keep modifying the speaker. It’s simple, really… we’re out  to create the gentlest, most non-obtrusive bluetooth speaker… ... Keep reading >
Tell Us Your Tale – iCalm Story Contest May 4, 2018 -   As briefly mentioned in the last blog post, we’re moving onto bigger and better things. Firstly, a new and more environmentally friendly speaker with many improvements! And you could win one! Send us a picture or video of your pet, or yourself (or both!) enjoying the iCalmPet music, and… ... Keep reading >
What’s New with iCalmPet? April 18, 2018 - Hi, my name is Caitlin Fowlkes. My adventures have landed me here in Southern Oregon working with iCalmPet, mostly as the face of customer support. I’m also writing the iCalmPet Community blogs and social media posts. Our intention is to produce pet-friendly information that will benefit your household and create a friendly… ... 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 >
6 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween October 31, 2017 - It can be very fun for children to dress up as ghouls and goblins. 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 yelling “Trick or Treat” can cause excessive barking and put… ... Keep reading >
Music for Traumatized Pets Post Hurricane? Seriously? September 21, 2017 - I took Gina to the beach one recent, beautiful Sunday morning. Hurricane Harvey had already destroyed the Houston area, and I kept thinking about Hurricane Irma. It was heading for Florida and was about to uproot the lives of so many, two- and four-legged alike. We're in California, and I… ... Keep reading >
5 Easy Tips to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety September 11, 2017 - 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 >
My Heart Aches to Play Music for Dogs (even with my hand in a cast) September 1, 2017 - The last nine weeks have been some of the most intense of my life. That's a long time for anyone to have their dominant hand in a cast, let alone a concert pianist who records music for dogs and cats. I shared news of my complicated hand fracture in a post… ... Keep reading >
Celebrating Musical Dogs on National Dog Day August 26, 2017 - August 26th is National Dog Day! While every day is a reason to celebrate dogs in our lives, I decided to go searching for musical dogs. Here's what I found.... Rescue dogs plays the organ. Uh-oh. Did she play a wrong note? ... Keep reading >
5 Tips for Hiring a Dog Sitter June 22, 2017 - Guest post by Courtney Heitter from For many people, summer is the season of travel. There are so many places to see, whether by car, train, or airplane. With this happy season comes anxiety about your dog--where will he go when you travel? It’s important that your dog has… ... Keep reading >
7 Simple Tips for Calming Your Dog During Fireworks June 14, 2017 - 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 >
In Celebration of a Dog’s Life Well Lived May 17, 2017 - Words can't express how grateful I am for all the support I have received these past six weeks. It's so comforting to be surrounded by an army of dog lovers that speak the same language and just get it. I’ve found great healing when reading all the heartfelt comments on… ... Keep reading >
iCalmDog Contest Winner(s) AND a Gift For All May 11, 2017 - I'm overwhelmed with all 100 responses on my blog post. Readers share how their dogs would benefit from iCalmDog, the natural solution to canine anxiety... anywhere! The blog comments have been remarkable. JJ Jul said, “My dog has severe separation anxiety, but when I play the iCalmDog sound samples online… ... Keep reading >
Win an iCalmDog… Proven Canine Sound Therapy! May 5, 2017 - It was so fascinating reading the results of our first iCalmDog Survey. Over 90% of iCalmDog users have referred it to their friends and/or clients. And, over half play iCalmDog daily. Most popular portable uses are in the car, at the vet, while traveling, and at agility trials and dog… ... Keep reading >
In Memory of Sanchez, My Muse and Our Mascot April 12, 2017 - Sanchez entered my home and my heart at 4-months-old. He was a puppy in training from Guide Dogs for the Blind, and I was a volunteer puppy raiser. He came pretty close to passing all the guide dog phases. But, when he didn’t, I was happy to adopt him. I… ... Keep reading >
iCalmDog 3.0 Winner(s) Announced AND A Gift For All December 14, 2016 - A month ago, I published a blog post titled Win an iCalmDog... It Stopped Border Collie's Barking in 20 Seconds Flat! The post included a video I had taken at Cynosport World Agility Games. The barking Border Collie, Nim, quiets in 20 seconds flat after I brought over an iCalmDog… ... Keep reading >
Win an iCalmDog… It Stopped Border Collie’s Barking in 20 Seconds Flat! 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 >
5 Reasons My 13-Year-Old Dog Still Has Full Hearing Range October 29, 2016 - I grew up with a rather excitable Cocker Spaniel named Doodle. When I started playing the piano at age seven, she'd come lay by my pedal foot and fall asleep. Even in her senior years when deaf, as soon as I started playing the piano, Doodle would come from any… ... Keep reading >
Feeling Guilty While Caring for My Senior Dog October 26, 2016 - My 13 and 1/2 year old Lab, Sanchez, has been recovering from an E. Coli infection. It was touch and go for awhile. While I was waiting for lab results back after a few weeks of treatment, I didn’t know whether he just needed a diet change or if it… ... Keep reading >
Tail Waggin’ Dog Agility (with video) October 4, 2016 - My agility addiction started so innocently. Years ago, when Sanchez was career changed from Guide Dogs for the Blind, I knew I needed to find a job for him. I just thought agility would be a fun activity to enjoy together. I never imagined ... Keep reading >
7 Tips for Calming Your Dog During Fireworks 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 >
Do You Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday or Gotcha Day? June 7, 2016 - According to a study by the Purina Pet Institute, 43 percent of dog owners celebrate birthdays, while 29 percent celebrate their cat’s birthdays. And, according to Nationwide Pet Insurance, $50 billion a year is spent on gifts for our pets. Wow! In contrast, an article in Psychology Today by Stanley… ... 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 >
Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Fido May 7, 2016 - 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 to me, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!” But, can we be mothers to species other than humans? I am the single provider… ... Keep reading >
6 Ways to Love Your Dog on National Love Your Pet Day February 20, 2016 - Earlier this week, I dropped off my senior dog, Sanchez, at the vet for dental surgery. I had a hard time saying goodbye to him, but I was comforted when I was able to leave him with his own iCalmDog, playing music especially designed to comfort elderly dogs. When I… ... Keep reading >
When Dogs Bring Us The Best News! January 14, 2016 - 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… ... Keep reading >
5 Simple New Year’s Resolutions To Improve Your Dog’s Life December 30, 2015 - When we think of New Year’s resolutions, we often think of changes in our lives we’ve been trying to make for years. Often they are massive changes. But, in reality, sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference over time. The same can be said for changes we make… ... Keep reading >
5 Stress Busting Tips for 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 >
Costumes For Dogs: Yea or Nay? October 31, 2015 - In recent years, pets have become part of our families. There is a wealth of good information readily available about their health and behaviors, they often sleep with us, we take them on our vacations and we might even call ourselves pet parents. But, unlike our human children, they don’t… ... Keep reading >
Playing Piano for Gina on her 5-Year ‘Gotcha Day’ October 14, 2015 - Five years ago today, I adopted Gina. It's hard to believe that I once thought she was the dog I never wanted. But, a wise soul once said, "you don't get the dogs you want, you get the dogs you need." I remain forever grateful for this 44 pound package… ... Keep reading >
Do Dogs Belong In Concert Halls? October 7, 2015 - Combining my talent and experience as a concert pianist with my love of dogs continues to fill my heart with enormous gratitude and joy as it improve the lives of dogs worldwide. Up to now, my music has mostly been accessible to dogs through recorded music ~ CDs, downloads, flash… ... 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 >
5 Ways to Nurture Your Dog on National Spoil Your Dog Day August 10, 2015 - We bring dogs into our human world because we love them with our hearts and souls. We ask them to adjust. Some do, many can’t. As responsible pet parents, it’s up to us to provide ways to help make our crazy human world more manageable for them. Today is National… ... 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 >
10,000 Facebook Fans Rock… Calmly! July 22, 2015 - I am so grateful to connect with 10,000+ dog lovin', sound aware Facebook fans. I love hearing all about your dogs through this virtual space. And even better when I meet fans IRL (In Real Life). That happened last week, and it was all about a dog, actually this time… ... Keep reading >
How Could My Puppy Be 12-Years-Old Already? May 17, 2015 - We've been partying all week because my beloved Sanchez is 12 years old today, May 17. Yipee!!! While all of the years went by too fast, I'm learning to cherish every moment. Sanchez is teaching me to be more patient, forgiving, and present. These are lessons not always so easy… ... Keep reading >
Do Dogs Really See With Their Noses? April 16, 2015 - What would it be like to experience the world as a dog? You might hear things you don’t normally hear (dogs can hear almost double the frequency that humans can), and you might not see as clearly as you do in a human body (dogs see fewer colors and less… ... 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 >
What is a Beautiful World with Pets? January 15, 2015 - Joshua Leeds and I recently enjoyed a delightful interview with Heather McElhatton at Minnesota Public Radio, for her show 'A Beautiful World'. I was able to play music samples directly from my piano with Sanchez and Gina by my side. She asked heartfelt questions that reminded me why I started… ... Keep reading >
Was Your Dog Naughty or Nice This Year? December 24, 2014 - While it’s entertaining to think about for humans, very few, if any, dogs want to be naughty. I know it may appear he is misbehaving when you chase him around the house to get the santa stocking out of his mouth. But, to a dog, it’s simply a fun game,… ... Keep reading >
All Dressed Up For The Holidays December 22, 2014 - Through a Dog's Ear Facebook fans recently shared these testimonials with photos of their dogs all dressed up for Christmas and Chanukah. Enjoy! ... 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 >
Happy Halloween from the Bumblebees October 31, 2014 - You've probably seen Sanchez and Gina snoozing under the piano when I'm playing Through a Dog's Ear music. But, sometimes my fingers go flying on the keys while playing concert repertoire. ... 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 >
Prozac for Pets Grows in Popularity, How Sad is That? August 22, 2014 - Animal pharmaceuticals are a booming business. Salon also reported that the pet pharmaceutical business has grown from $6.68 billion in 2011 to a projected $9.25 billion by 2015. Zoetis Inc., once a subsidiary of Pfizer, is at the top of the pharmaceutical chain, with yearly sales of Pfizer’s animal pharmaceuticals… ... Keep reading >
5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog in 33 Seconds June 11, 2014 - As well as I thought I knew my Labrador, Gina, she even surprised me recently during this recent run at an AKC agility trial. It never ceases to amaze me how much I continue to learn from my dogs. Here’s what Gina taught me in 33 seconds: ... Keep reading >
Happy 11th Birthday Señor Sanchez! May 17, 2014 - Today is Sanchez's 11th Birthday! I don't know how my puppy is 11 already, but I am eternally grateful that Sanchez is in great health on his 11th birthday. I'm very aware of the challenges of having a senior pet. Sanchez is teaching me to be more patient, forgiving, and… ... Keep reading >