Monday, October 21, 2013

How to Calm A Dog when you Leave the House

Am I the only one who feels guilty whenever I leave the house? Something about those big, sad eyes staring at me through the window on the door, making me feel like I'm leaving them to the worst fate possible.

I try to rationalize that they are fine while I'm away. That I deserve this time to go to the grocery store, visit friends, have a life! But no matter what, whenever I leave the house, I still feel a twinge of guilt.

Ike in particular has a problem with being left home. So I heard about this CD of music designed to calm dogs, called Through a Dog's Ear. I was totally skeptical. I wouldn't have thought to try it, except the CD has great reviews and great word of mouth. What the heck? I ordered one on Amazon. It sat around for a while, unopened.

Then Ike got neutered. He hated wearing that cone. He fought it and pawed at it and seemed distressed. I spotted the CD...worth a try. So I put on the music and almost instantly he calmed down! He laid down with that cone, closed his eyes and fell asleep. I really can't explain it. But he did.

So now, every time we leave the house, we put on Through A Dog's Ear CD. The music is slow, pleasant piano music to classical tunes.

The dogs still look at me through the window on the door. They still give me those big sad eyes. But I think the CD helps them feel calm once we're gone.

I've told many people about it and some of them seem as skeptical as I was. But I'm here to tell you it works! If you have a dog who gets anxious, I would give Through A Dog's Ear a try. We think it's a great product.

There are versions to use while driving, and versions for puppies, senior dogs.... and even kitties! There is even a shelter program where your purchase helps provide Through a Dog's Ear calming music free to shelters. Check out this video of how through a dog's ear helps in a shelter:

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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  1. Christine SterlingOctober 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I wish we had that CD - Monty and Harlow aren't problems, but it turns out one of our house guests is a howler when we are away. We are nervous that she will teach Harlow bad manners.

    Monty and Harlow

  2. What an interesting idea. There was a programme we caught on TV over here recently where they set up cameras in the homes of lots of dog owners and discovered that many of them showed signs of separation anxiety when they were alone - even ones that seemed fine when their owners left and returned,

  3. We're used the CD for several years. We've tried other music, classical, soft rock, show tunes--but there seems to be something soothingly magical about Through a Dog's Ear for my bunch.

  4. NEVER heard of this one before.... We wonder if it would work fur THUNDER STORMS????

  5. YES! Check out the website. They even have a new canine noise phobia sensitivity series.

  6. Thanks for the great review Peggy. We particularly love the stories from people who were originally skeptics! Your dogs are adorable and so glad my piano playing keeps them company when you are away. Also, your readers might want to know that we recently added a new product to our line. The iCalmDog is a portable player that fits in the palm of your house. Buster can take it anywhere with him to relieve canine anxiety.... to the vet, groomer, doggie daycare, in his crate, etc. Here's the direct link... Have you readers sign up for our newsletter so they'll be notified of our special discounts.

    Thanks again! And happy zzzzzzz's to your pups.

  7. I'm so glad you finally played this. We love it. I play it all the time for Jack & Maggie...and even myself. It really works well to bring Jack's energy levels down - especially when the housekeeper is here - he doesn't like those days, so we play it then. I've got 3-4 of them.

  8. Foley Monster and PocketOctober 21, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Thanks for the advice. We might try it for River

  9. Oh, I've been meaning to do a post about this. i bought the CD as well to try on Rita for being too nutty in the car, barking at other dogs. The first time few times I played it she was amazingly calm! Unfortunately, she finally got kinda used to it and went back to being nutty with other dogs. I should try it in the house though, especially when the gardener comes!

  10. How great that it worked for your pups! I've often thought about giving it a try.


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