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My first day with Sanchez!

It’s May 17th and Sanchez is eight years old today. He was just a puppy yesterday, so I’m not sure how that happened. Truth be told, he is really responsible for starting Through a Dog’s Ear.

 

The picture above is the day I first brought him home, at 15 weeks of age. Even though he wasn’t mine, I fell in love with him at first sight. (Did you check out that puppy face?) I was a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind

in 2003. He was a puppy in training for Guide Dogs and he was only supposed to live with me for a year. (He had previously been with another puppy raiser since eight weeks of age.)

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Don’t be fooled, Sanchez wasn’t as innocent as he looked. While he was as cute as a puppy can be, he was also a handful. As my Guide Dog leader used to say, “He’s a lot of dog.” To put it mildly, if you saw the movie or read the book

Marley & Me by John Grogan, Sanchez would have turned into Marley – had he not had any training or ever heard my piano playing. Like most Lab puppies, he had endless energy, and it was combined with a mind that worked overtime. He would walk into a room and study it, looking for the weak link where he could break the rules.

The first week I had Sanchez, I put his green jacket on him that said “Puppy in training for Guide Dogs for the Blind” and took him with me to a class taught by sound researcher Joshua Leeds. I was curious to learn about psychoacoustics, the study of the effects of music and sound on 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 experimenting with the same psychoacoustic principles on Sanchez. I wondered if Sanchez 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 he 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.

Being a Guide Dog puppy is not easy for any dog. Some dogs are made for it, others are not, even though they all come from Guide Dog breeding. At 18 months of age, Sanchez was “career changed”. Needless to say, I had mixed feelings about this. I had been tracking him through his months of training and was cheering him on. But, quite truthfully, if he wasn’t cut out to be a Guide Dog, I was ecstatic at the possibility of having Sanchez back in my home and my heart. So, I adopted him and he came home to live with me. I knew he was bred to work, and I needed to engage him in other work, while building a bond in our relationship. He’s since had three careers – agility, acting, and canine freestyle. And he now has a new canine sister, Gina.

But, one thing that has stayed constant throughout the years is my love for him and the healthy sound environment I provide. One of his dog beds is by my grand piano and he loves to snooze to my piano playing. He is with me a good percentage of the time. But, when I do need to leave him alone, he is always left with one or both of the volumes of Music to Calm your Canine Companion playing for him.

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If Sanchez had a tag line, it would be “It’s All About Me!” And here’s how you benefit from it being all about Sanchez this week. Click this link to save $8 on any purchase of two or more items from   ThroughADogsEar.com. Enjoy Through a Dog’s Ear music with your canine family – at an irresistible price. And please join me in wishing Señor Sanchez a very Happy 8th Birthday! Here’s a picture of him at nearly eight years old!

As co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear, I am offering my readers a free download from our latest release, Music to Calm your Canine Companion, Vol. 3. Simply click here and 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.

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, canine music expert, and Facebook coach. By combining her passion for music with her love of dogs, she co-created Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to relieve anxiety issues in dogs. She shares her home and her heart with her two adorable “career change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina.

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