Teach Your Dog to Sing

“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.

There 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.

Next, 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 precise moments.

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 behavior.

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.
by The Dog Daily Expert