Orchestral harpist Marcia Dickstein has played for audiences around the world. Performances at home, though, inspired her latest project.
Dickstein noticed that whenever the family dogs were present in the practice room, they quickly fell asleep during her warm-ups. Watch the classical musician and her pups in action — or inaction, as the case may be.
This repeated reaction inspired Dickstein to create Chill Dog, a collection of improvisational pieces performed by Dickstein and recorded by Grammy-winning producer audio producer and engineer Frederick Vogler. Both believe that the songs, along with their electronic enhancement, work to calm dogs and ease separation anxiety over time; a recent study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior shows that such soundtracks work.
Through her music company, Pupsnap, Dickstein has generously offered to give five Dogster readers their own copy of Chill Dog!
HOW TO WIN
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- Comment below using your Disqus account, telling us about your dog and why he or she needs a copy of Chill Dog. Our favorite comments win.
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If you don’t score the CD, not to worry: You still have plenty of opportunities to win other great prizes — every Friday, in fact! You can also purchase the CD from Pupsnap.