The Dog Daily: Training
Teach Your Dog to Sing
By The Dog Daily Expert for The Dog Daily
“Singing” with your dog can be a lot of
fun, as long as you take care not to crank up the music volume too much.
In the animal kingdom, most creatures seem to not mind quiet, soothing
music, such as a slow classical piece. Dogs, having lived around musical
humans for thousands of years, seem to be more tolerant and
appreciative of other sounds and rhythms.
are three ways you can teach your dog to sing, suggests Alison Smith,
author of the book 101 Fun Things to Do With Your Dog: Tricks,
Games, Sports and Other Playtime Activities. First, try
experimenting with different instruments and types of music. See which
one might grab your dog’s attention the most.
train your dog to bark when it hears a noise cue. If your dog naturally
barks whenever a cymbal crashes or a horn in a song blows, give the
command, “Sing!” and then reward with a treat. The
goal is to just reinforce what your dog is naturally doing during
As we all know, dogs are
extremely social animals. They don’t want to be left out.
Smith writes that if you set up a sing-along with other friends, and
perhaps dog friends too, you can again give the
“Sing” command, allowing the other dog and human
voices to encourage your own pet’s vocal prowess. She advises
to bring a clicker -- if you clicker-train your dog -- to further help
your pet to understand. Treat rewards can again help to establish the
Like human singing,
practice makes perfect. Your dog may never be the next Pavarotti, but plenty of
practice will help your dog to become better at singing on cue.