What Do Dogs Hear? (Win a Gift!)

You know that your dog’s hearing is very sensitive, but did you know that you can create an environment of sound to improve the health and well-being of your canine companion?

If you’ve ever wondered what’s really happening when your furry friend perks up his ears and tilts his head, or when he hides under the bed, Through A Dog’s Ear is the first book to examine the powerful effect of the human soundscape on canines.

We at Care2 are very excited about this book and the CDs, and are even more excited to have veterinary neurologist and co-author Susan Wagner, and canine music expert and concert pianist Lisa Spector, writing for us on a weekly basis.

And thanks to our canine friends at Sounds True, we are also excited to be giving away a copy of the book and CD Through A Dog’s Ear (70% of dogs in shelters and 85% of dogs in households were calmed while listening to the CD) and  two copies of their second CD Through A Dog’s Ear, Music to Calm Your Dog in the Car.

Here are some tips from Through A Dog’s Ear; Sound Ideas for a Nervous Dog:

  • Keep the volume of the radio and television at a level that can’t be heard from another room.
  • Avoid playing the radio and television at the same time.
  • Instead of yelling to people in other rooms, walk over and talk to them in a normal tone of voice.
  • Don’t slam doors and drawers; avoid clanging pots, pans, and dishes.

Do you have a dog and sound or music story to share? Please share your story or tips in the comment field below and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of two copies of the Through A Dog’s Ear book and CD, and the CD Through A Dog’s Ear, Music to Calm Your Dog in the Car.

More about Susan:
Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond. Residing in Worthington OH, Dr. Wagner is an active public speaker in the areas of energy theory and healing, spirituality, and the human-animal bond. Read Susan’s Care2 articles here.

More about Lisa:
Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. 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. For the past 14 years, she has owned Lisa Spector’s Music School in Half Moon Bay, CA. She shares her home and her heart with her adorable Yellow Labrador, Sanchez, a career change dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Read Lisa’s Care2 articles here.


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Please email Samantha at samanthas@care2team.com to claim your new book. Thanks to everyone who entered!


pam w.
pam w5 years ago

My dogs have very SELECTIVE hearing!

On one hand...they don't always hear me tell them "NO!"

On the other hand....just TRY to quietly open the closet where treats are kept (JUST TRY!) and see how quickly they can appear!

Loni Ellsworth
Loni Ellsworth8 years ago

Great informative article!!

Joanne GREENBERG8 years ago

I just learnt something!

Rita Quinn
Rita Quinn8 years ago

My Yorkie alerts me when my dialysis machine is finished with therapy. The machine does not make a noise, I have to watch a little screne to know when it is through. Sophie, comes up to my shoulder and punches me with her nose!

Emmajade Gunn
.8 years ago

Three dogs in a home can be an enlightening experience. It's amazing how each reacts to individual stimuli. They are all different but you can watch them teach each other behaviors, both good and bad. A toy fox terrier used to be very calm but the chihuahua taught her to go bonkers if someone comes into the yard. The minpin taught her to come when hands are clapped. She taught the minpin to bark at the door. Yikes, methinks maybe some calming music will help all!

Katera M.
niko m8 years ago

my doggie is amazing. we love her.

Judy M.
Judy McCloskey8 years ago

To Hartson D. Not sure what this has to do with what dogs here but at the same time I really agree with you!

Hartson D.
Hartson Doak8 years ago

I am not sure why people tend to have the volume in their lives way too high. I think it is so that they do not have to hear that little voice in their heads telling them that what is happening is wrong. And since they can not hear that little voice, they do not feel the quilt of not fixing what is in their ability to fix.

Melyssa P.
Melyssa P8 years ago

Sometimes my dog whines when my husband plays his guitar upstairs in another room with the door shut. Now I understand better why!

Cynthia Henley
Cynthia H8 years ago

My current foster Boston cries when my Pekingese barks her "I'm excited someone just came home" bark (which is different from her other barks, and he doesn't cry at her others). Clearly the ton she uses hurts his ears.