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Do You Have a Nightly Ritual With Your Pets? (with video)

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.

However, our nightly ritual involves me playing the piano last thing every night, just before I go up to bed. While they have a choice of several dog beds, they always choose to sleep on their beds under the piano when I am playing music from the Through a Dog’s Ear 7-CD series.

I hope you enjoy a segment of our nightly ritual. The music is one of my personal favorites from our Calm your Canine series; Schumann’s “Kind im Einschlummern” from Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood). While the German really translates to “Child Falling Asleep,” I’d like to title it “Hunde im Einschlummern” (Dogs Falling Asleep).

Do you have a nightly ritual with your pets? If you haven’t slumbered off into all zzzzzzzz’s watching the video, thanks for sharing your ritual in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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9:03AM PDT on May 6, 2014

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6:03AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

What lucky dogs to be treated to such beautiful piano playing. Thank you for sharing.

11:12AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:07AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Very sweet :)

2:51PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

5:29AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Leora Z, you are cute with your animals. I can picture the parrots listening to their lullaby.

2:00PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013


Dang, now I feel like a jerk to the animals I care for; I do not do any of that, especially to The South American Yellow Cheeked parrot.

1:20PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

I sing the same hebrew lullaby to my 2 parrots every night before I cover their cages. They listen intently, sway a little to the song and then get covered.

My dog's bedtime ritual involves brushing her teeth just before I do mine (she hates it but gets really relaxed once it's over.) She hangs with me while I brush, floss, wash my face and then my 4 lbs Yorky and I get into bed and cuddle a bit before we go off to sleep.

8:23AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Well, when Felix (cat) is not pooping or peeing (who knows why; he has always been a scared cat) outside his shared cat boxes, then he sleeps on my bed with me. I tried to get Roady (big dog) to sleep on my bed, with good behaving Felix, and even on one of his beds on floor next to my bed, but he does not like sleeping in my bedroom. Then there is Chauncy (small dog) who, when his mommy (my mom) gets ready for his mommy to leave for work, wants to run into my bed and finish sleeping with me. He so wants to be spoiled that he wines at my bedroom door and then barks at my bed; but he does not get lifted into my bed- he must jump into bed, with good behaving Felix.

8:15AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

LOL, I hope the animals I care for do not expect this sort treatment before they go to sleep every night. If we had a piano, then they would be running away, I cannot play musical instrument to save my life.

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