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7 Simple Tips for Calming Your Dog During Fireworks

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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 the most trafficked day in their offices, with clients coming in to get drugs for their dogs. July 5th tends to be the busiest day of the year for shelters. Dogs become Houdini when they hear fireworks and escape from their yards that appear perfectly secure other days of the year. Continue reading

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10 Reasons Dogs Make The Best Valentine’s Date

When you are single on February 14th, all the romantic advertising can make you feel that you need a date on Valentine’s Day to be happy. But, the truth is, your best Valentine’s date is already greeting you at the door when you come home, he just might happen to have four legs.

I’ll be snuggling with my dogs, Sanchez and Gina, on Valentine’s Day, and here’s why I’m happy to have the best date ever! Continue reading

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5 Easy Tips to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

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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 alone.

The stress of suddenly being alone may cause… Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Fido

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 for two dogs, Sanchez and Gina. But, I usually think of them as my companion animals, not my children, even though others may see me as a crazy pet parent, with my children being of the furry sort. Continue reading

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When Dogs Bring Us The Best News!

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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 that it would make a great story. Within a week, she sent over a reporter and photographer/ videographer. It culminated in a very fun interview and video recording session. Continue reading

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Costumes For Dogs: Yea or Nay?

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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 understand the concept of Halloween or dressing in costumes to pretend they are someone else. Some dogs (and even less cats) can tolerate wearing costumes. Others may even enjoy the extra attention if their costume is comfortable. But, many can’t. They don’t like their paws being touched and put through sleeves, don’t like hats on their head and aren’t comfortable with anything that restricts their natural movement. Continue reading

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Playing Piano for Gina on her 5-Year ‘Gotcha Day’

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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 of pure joy and happiness that entered my life at the perfect time. She reminds me every day to just get out and play, and that is reason enough to be happy. Continue reading

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How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Sound Sensitive?

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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 loud music playing.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a canine music expert or a sound sensitive human, but I’m always amazed by the number of sound sensitive dogs I meet whose caring, loving people are not aware of their dog’s fear of noises. So, it didn’t surprise me Continue reading

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5 Ways to Nurture Your Dog on National Spoil Your Dog Day

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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 Spoil Your Dog Day. While there are an infinite number of ways to spoil your dog, here are my suggestions for creating a well-balanced dog. I don’t regard any of these as spoiling your dog, but just treating Buster respectfully. Our dogs spend so much of their time observing us and fitting into our world, it’s equally important that we provide them the same appreciation. Continue reading

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6 Loving Ways To Comfort Your Senior Dog

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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 behavior as they mature.
Serious behavior changes like resource guarding and separation anxiety developed later in life for him. I have heard from many people with senior dogs that get restless and agitated at night-time, yet they calmly sleep all day. It’s easy to feel helpless watching their discomfort, yet there are many simple things we can do to help. Continue reading

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10,000 Facebook Fans Rock… Calmly!

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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 …
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How Could My Puppy Be 12-Years-Old Already?

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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 for me. Yet, he has the patience of a saint and is the world’s best teacher. And I am a crazy pet parent that would do anything to make his life more comfortable. Continue reading

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Do Dogs Really See With Their Noses?

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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 contrast).

But you’d experience a whole new world through your nose. Continue reading

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5 Signs of a Responsible Dog Owner

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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 studying everything we do to understand our behaviors and language. Being responsible means understanding their language and ways of communicating. Continue reading

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What is a Beautiful World with Pets?

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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 recording species-specific music over 10 years ago. Continue reading

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Was Your Dog Naughty or Nice This Year?

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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, and the santa hat is no different than a favorite soft toy. In reality, Buster isn’t being naughty. He’s just being a dog. Continue reading

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All Dressed Up For The Holidays

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Through a Dog’s Ear Facebook fans recently shared these testimonials with photos of their dogs all dressed up for Christmas and Chanukah. Enjoy! Continue reading

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3 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

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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 filling), pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin have many benefits for dogs and cats. Pumpkin can help with the following pet ailments: Continue reading

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Happy Halloween from the Bumblebees

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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. Continue reading

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween

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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 many dogs into sensory overload. Continue reading

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5 Surprising Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Hearing

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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. Continue reading

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Prozac for Pets Grows in Popularity, How Sad is That?

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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 worth roughly $3.9 billion. Continue reading

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5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog in 33 Seconds

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: Continue reading

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Happy 11th Birthday Señor Sanchez!

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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 present. These are lessons not always so easy for me. Continue reading

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5 Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Canine Household

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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? Continue reading

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Ready to Hit It Out of the Ballpark!

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As you can see, Sanchez is getting a little tired. He really wants to see iCalmDog make it to the finals of the Product Pitch contest, which takes place at Fenway Park in Boston. But, we really need your help. Continue reading

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Is Your Dog Your Sweetheart?

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In a poll taken of 3,000 British dog and cat owners, 19 percent stated that they would rather have a pet than be involved in a romantic partnership. For 81 percent of the dog owners polled, it would be an instant deal breaker if Continue reading

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My Most Emotional Moment of 2013

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Sanchez is 10 years old and went through some scary times in 2012 due to a slipped disc in his neck. I’m familiar with feelings of worrying about a dog in their double digits. Worrying about my young Lab, however, was completely foreign to me, until June of 2013. Continue reading

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The Saga of the New Dog Bed

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1) Spontaneously purchased a new dog bed because Sanchez could use the extra support. And, well… it was a very good price that I couldn’t resist.

2) Stuffed it into the passenger seat, since the entire rest of the car was … Continue reading

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Paying Tribute to Freedom Dogs on Veteran’s Day

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Freedom Dogs offers custom-trained specialty service dogs to wounded members of the military returning from armed conflict. Their mission is to create a way to speed the recovery and enhance the lives of wounded military heroes through the use of specialty-trained service dogs.

Freedom Dogs’ trainers are always interested in methods that enhance their training of these very special dogs Continue reading

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Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe on Halloween

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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 excessive barking and put many dogs into sensory overload. In my early adult years Continue reading

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10 Signs You Speak Woof

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When I’m asked what languages I speak, I often want to answer “Woof”. After all, I spend a great deal of time communicating with my own dogs, helping improve the lives of dogs I don’t know, and understanding dog body language and behavior. So, why isn’t “Woof” a language? Continue reading

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Music to Comfort Senior Dogs? Tenderly!

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Like many dog lovers, I have a very tender place in my heart for senior dogs. When I first began working on the initial Through a Dog’s Ear project, I had a thirteen-year-old Golden Retriever named Byron. Only one year later, his memorial picture was on the piano as I recorded the first compositions. Byron was such a loving inspiration for me.

Shortly after he passed, I became a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and fell in love with Continue reading

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Top 8 Reasons Your Dog Needs an iPawd

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6. He wants to enjoy his own tunes, clinically demonstrated to calm dogs, when he’s in his crate. Continue reading

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What Dogs Teach Us About Time

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I went on a mini-retreat recently with my luv. It’s pretty rare that I go on vacation without my dogs. My original plan was to leave only Sanchez with a dog sitter. There are a gazillion steps to get to the beach from the cabin, and while Sanchez has recovered well from a slipped disc in his neck, a multitude of steep steps would surely cause a re-injury.

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High Tech Gadgets for Pets (Win an iCalmDog)

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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: Continue reading

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Can You Help Me Win a Trip to Barkworld?

How does a Juilliard graduate, concert pianist get to Carnegie Hall? PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! How does a canine music expert, pet blogger get to Barkworld 2013?

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Does Your Dog Love to Kiss?

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Yesterday was World Kiss Day. While this holiday was started in the U.K. for humans, I wondered why dogs didn’t join the celebration. I know not everyone appreciates dog slobber all over their face. But, personally, I relish kisses from my dogs. Sanchez gives them out sparingly, so I’ll take them as I can get them.

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Helping Fearful Fido During Fireworks

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July 4th is around the corner, along with the fireworks that inevitably come with this holiday. Almost all humans with dogs in the United States declare this day the worst day Continue reading

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Happy 10th Birthday Sanchez!

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Today is Sanchez’s 10th Birthday!

This birthday feels different from all others. While I’ve celebrated all of his birthdays, this one is not like previous ones. I’ve known too many dogs who didn’t make it to their 10th birthday, and I’m aware that it’s a milestone and a blessing. And it is also a reminder … Continue reading

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Do Your Pets Sleep With You?

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An article in WebMD reported on a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association. It turns out that “nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners. The survey also found… Continue reading

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Confessions From a Crazy Pet Parent

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Today, April 28, is National Pet Parent’s Day®. VPI Pet Insurance started celebrating the holiday five years ago to help honor people with pets who consider them part of their family. I have to admit, even though my dogs are my family, I don’t … Continue reading

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Music to Inspire Human Creativity

I am a sound sensitive human. When I walk into a restaurant, if the sonic environment is too loud, I often leave or ask to be seated in a quiet area. Just like a dog, I can easily go into sensory overload and shut down when… Continue reading

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Moose Calms Down with… Puppy Music?

I bet you thought this was an April Fools’ joke! Moose really did calm down listening to Music to Calm your Puppy. But, Moose is actually not a moose.

Moose is… Continue reading

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Do NOT Play This at Home For Your Dogs

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… Continue reading

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Free Irish Reel Download on St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m not Irish, and I don’t have an Irish Setter, but I know enough about St. Patrick’s Day to know that lively music is more appropriate for this holiday than the calming music of Through a Dog’s Ear.

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Wordless Wednesday: Keep Calm and Listen to Music

Muttville dogs listen to Music to Comfort your Elderly Canine. Does music help you stay calm? How about your dogs? Continue reading

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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.

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Nightly Rituals with Dogs

Truth be told, I am a late night owl and Sanchez and Gina aren’t. They usually go to sleep hours before me. By the time I retire, I listen to Through a Dog’s Ear music to help me fall asleep, not them. Continue reading

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Dog Mounting: Is It About Sex?

Humping behavior in dogs is often anthropomorphized and misunderstood. It may look like sex to humans, but unless it’s an intact male that is mounting a female dog in heat, it’s usually about dominance behavior and/or stress, not sex. Continue reading

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10 Dog Training Tips

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 are some of my favorites: Continue reading

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If Our Dogs Made Our New Year’s Resolutions

I decided to let my dogs, Sanchez and Gina, make my new year’s resolutions for me this year. Here’s what they had to say: Continue reading

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Tail Waggin’ Christmas Videos

While your dogs are enjoying the gifts in their Christmas stockings, I hope you can take some time to enjoy some delightful Christmas videos featuring dogs joyfully working….. Continue reading

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Homemade Dog Treats for Holiday Gifts (with recipes)

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 ProtectYourBubble.com at Barkworld, and it looked so easy that I gave it a try. Now, I can’t believe that I didn’t start making my own dog treats sooner. Taking an hour out of my hectic day to … Continue reading

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Healing with Holistic Veterinary Care

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… Continue reading

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Jumping Through Hoops for Shelters and Rescues

Through a Dog’s Ear recently held our 3rd annual word game. The five day event involved participants unscrambling a daily word, while downloading a free music track from one of our recordings. The object of the game was to unscramble all five words, put them in a five word sentence, and submit an entry as soon as the final word was revealed. Continue reading

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Tips to Calm Dogs During the Holiday Season

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, and my patience decreases.

The holiday season can be equally—if not more—stressful for our pets. Continue reading

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Celebrating 6,000 Facebook Fans !!!

At 5:22 pm PST yesterday, 6,000 fans had “liked” the Through a Dog’s Ear facebook page. I’m honored and delighted, apparently Sanchez is too! Facebook has been a way of connecting with…. Continue reading

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Will Work for Turkey

The picture above was taken a year ago. When I look at it, I reflect on how grateful and blessed I am for my dogs, Sanchez and Gina. This year, I’m particularly appreciative, because Sanchez is recovering … Continue reading

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Helping Senior Dogs, Four Paws at a Time

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. When I think of senior homeless dogs, Sherri Franklin comes to mind. She is the founder of Muttville, a fabulous rescue organization whose mission is to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice. Continue reading

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Reflecting on a FABULOUS Barkworld Experience!

A week ago, I was in Atlanta for Barkworld Expo. The fabulous learning and petworking opportunity feels like months ago, since it was pre-Superstorm Sandy devastation. However, writing this is helping me recall all of the fabulous experiences of Barkworld, including all the ways that I learned how to expand my dream of helping improve the lives of dogs worldwide. Continue reading

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The Story Behind Through a Dog’s Ear

Have you ever noticed that the best conversations happen around the kitchen table? Joshua Leeds and I were recently sitting at my kitchen table having lunch. We started reminiscing about how our meeting nearly 10 years ago inspired us to create Through a Dog’s Ear. Continue reading

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Gina’s “Gotcha Day” Two Year Anniversary!

Two years ago today I adopted Gina. Previously, I had always been a solo dog household and struggled with the decision to get a second dog for years. I’m so grateful that I worked through my fears, because adopting Gina … Continue reading

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Creative Uses of Sound Therapy for Canine Anxiety Issues

People often ask me why a concert pianist with a Juilliard degree is performing and recording music for dogs. Wouldn’t I prefer to have a concert career and be playing in Carnegie Hall? Believe it or not, the answer is no. Although I still love performing…. Continue reading

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Sanchez is Woofin’ about Lisa’s Marketplace

Senor Sanchez here. Lisa is out and I decided to steal the computer keyboard. Please excuse the typpos, as my paws are just a little too big for accuracy on the keyboardddddddd.

I have to hurry, before Lisa gets back, so I’ll be brief. But, I’ll share a few thoughts on why I LOVE the items in Lisa’s Marketplace… Continue reading

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Concerts for Dogs? Seriously?

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 of performing to a cross-species audience. Continue reading

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National Senior Pet Health Month

September is National Senior Pet Health Month! But when you have a senior dog that is considered part of your family, every day is about your dog’s health. As we all know, stress affects our lives and our health, and that works cross-species as well.

It is not unusual for Continue reading

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Helping Rescues…. Four Paws at a Time!

We love animal rescue groups. Unfortunately, they are chronically overbooked, understaffed, and seriously under-financed. And so, many of them come to Through a Dog’s Ear for donations of music for their facilities, foster homes, and to be sent home with adopted dogs. The clinically tested music helps increase adoption rates and provides Continue reading

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How Can I Help Pet Adoption?

Thanks for watching my video blog entry for the Iams Home 4 the Holidays ‘How Can I Help Pet Adoption? contest. The lucky winner receives an all expense trip to BarkWorld 2012 in Atlanta! Continue reading

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Rescue Dog Happiness

Today, July 23, bloggers around the world are participating in Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue, an initiative started by Be the Change for Animals to raise awareness on the importance of pet adoption. According to the Humane Society of the United States, “Nationwide, only about 20 percent of dogs in homes come from shelters—the rest come from… Continue reading

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Sound Therapy = Thunderstorm Remedy

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 I wouldn’t have believed… Continue reading

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Fireworks for Fido? NOT

July 4th is around the corner, along with the fireworks that inevitably come with this holiday. Almost all humans with dogs in the United States declare this day the worst day of the year for them. Veterinarians say… Continue reading

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National Paw and Foot Day!

Today is National Paw and Foot Day!

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Well…. I just made it up. But, it is Mashable’s third annual Social Media Day. And, after seeing Continue reading

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My Dog is Everything I Never Wanted!

Gina is three years old today! She’s now been a party of my canine family for a little over half of her life. I adopted Gina when she was 16 months old. Looking back Continue reading

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Earth Day with My Dogs

It’s Earth Day and I’m once again reminded of all that I have to learn from my dogs. They are masters at connecting with the Earth. Sanchez and Gina prompt me to take regular breaks from work and get outdoors for walks, meals, naps, and even to… Continue reading

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Celebrating 5,000 Facebook Fans!!!

We are having a big virtual party. At exactly 4:22 PM PDT yesterday, 5,000 fans had “Liked” the Through a Dog’s Ear Facebook page!!! It felt monumental.

I remember my resistance to starting a Facebook page. It was June 2009, and I was techno-phobic. But, that feeling changed when Continue reading

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It Works So Good! Can I Have My Money Back?

At Through a Dog’s Ear we receive the most interesting calls and emails from customers. I am not making this up. The following is actual feedback from consumers. In one case, the purchaser almost asked for her money back, which we would have honored with our 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.

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An International Day

As I reflect on the day’s events, it occurred to me that it was quite the international day. I reside in the San Francisco Bay Area and work from home, but I enjoy connecting with dog lovers all over the world on a regular basis.

This morning, I enjoyed a delightful recorded radio interview with Continue reading

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A Day of Silence with Dogs

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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. Continue reading

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Top 10 Relationship Tips for Men ~ From an Agility Dog

10. All good things come from your partner. Nothing is as rewarding as being with her.

9. Communication. Communication. Communication. Let her know… Continue reading

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Reflections of a Very Dog Year

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 … Continue reading

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The Dog Who Ate Santa

Gina is really a good dog. I’m sure she didn’t purposely eat Santa. She just started chewing on him, and all of his padding must have just been too tempting. I love it that Gina goes nuts over tug toys. While it may appear that she is the villain in this crime… Continue reading

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Homeless Dogs are Real Winners of 2011 Word Game

Through a Dog’s Ear recently held our 2nd annual word game. The seven day event involved participants unscrambling a daily word, while downloading a free music track from one of our nine recordings. The object of the game … Continue reading

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Advice from a Dog

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 line… Continue reading

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Feeling Dog Blessed after Thanksgiving

It’s been a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, filled with lots of dog activity and time with Sanchez and Gina. As I write this, I’m enjoying the sounds of Sanchez’s snoring in the background and Gina lying comfortably by his side.

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Hiding Behind my Dogs

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I love my dogs. Sanchez and Gina are part of my family and are with me a lot. They are extremely well socialized and I take them everywhere that allows dogs. I love our life together! However, I’ve also recently been noticing that I often hide behind them. Continue reading

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Fireworks? What Fireworks?

“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.” Continue reading

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The Dog Lady

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This past weekend, I attended a local “Yappy Hour”, a growing popular term for a happy hour that welcomes dogs, usually in an outdoor setting. Gina spent the time retrieving balls and Sanchez was very content with his eyes glued … Continue reading

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Surviving Pet Loss

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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 … Continue reading

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Happy 8th Birthday Sanchez! Save $8 for 8 Days!

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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 … Continue reading

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Are Senior Dogs More Sound Sensitive?

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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 … Continue reading

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Breakfast wtih Ginger on April Fools’ Day!

I’ve seen this video at least a dozen times in the last year, and I still laugh every time I watch it. I hope you do too. Enjoy and don’t let your pets fool you on  April Fools’ Day! Do … Continue reading

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I Have a Dream….

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Puppy dreaming to Music to Calm your Canine Companion It is Martin Luther King Day, and I woke up this morning thinking about his “I have a dream” speech. It inspired me to think about my real life dreams… I … Continue reading

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How do you get to Blog Paws West? Practice!

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You know the old joke… How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Well, for me this is also the answer for “How do you get to Blog Paws West“. You see, in addition to being a concert pianist, an … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Pat My Head If You Don’t Know Me!

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I recently read a facebook status update written by a friend that read, “Please don’t touch my preggo tummy if you don’t know me.” I imagine that most pregnant woman want to carry around a sign for four months with … Continue reading

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Happy National Dog Day!

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Celebrated on August 26, National Dog Day was created by wildlife behaviorist and lifestyle expert Colleen Paige. It is a day to honor all dogs, create awareness of the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and … Continue reading

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Opportunity Barks

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Their name says it all. Opportunity Barks is a dog training, boarding, and daycare facility in Pleasant Hill, Oregon (near Eugene). Their tag line says they turn challenges into opportunities.  They aren’t kidding. I recently had the pleasure of meeting … Continue reading

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Is Sanchez In or Out of the Kitchen?

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Sanchez was instructed to “Get out of the kitchen”. His front paws are in the kitchen, but his “Sit” is in the living room. What do you think? Is he out of the kitchen? Click here to read the 31 … Continue reading

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Traveling Without My Dog

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Dog Bar in Chatham, MA. I am writing this on my return from a wonderful vacation on Cape Cod, where I visited  my sister and her family. I live outside of San Francisco, where daily walks with Sanchez along the … Continue reading

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The Dogs of Sounds True, publisher for Through a Dog’s Ear

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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 … Continue reading

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