Activities For A Beatboxer With Dogs

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Introduction

Are you a pro at beatboxing? Or maybe your just a beatboxing fan and want to start dropping a few beats yourself. Either way, you don't need to let your beatboxing hobby get in the way of your relationship with your dog. In fact, your dog can help you with your beatboxing skills. These exciting activities are perfect for anyone who loves beatboxing and also wants to make sure their dog can get in on the fun.

Bark on Cue

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Activity description
Beatboxing is all about making a variety of sounds with your mouth. While some people think that the purest form of beatboxing must include no outside sounds or additions (every sound must come from your mouth!), others don't mind an extra beat or two. Why not have your dog's bark be that extra sound? When you teach your dog to bark on cue, you can instantly add the sound of their voice into your mix making it more exciting and innovative. It doesn't cost much to train your pup to bark on cue, a few simple treats will suffice for training. As this is an indoor activity, you can train your dog anytime, anywhere.
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Bark by name
Begin by teaching your dog to bark on cue when you say "bark". When your dog naturally barks throughout the day, immediately say "bark" and then toss them a treat. After just a few times, your dog will begin to associate the word "bark" with the action of barking and, of course, also with treats! After a few days of saying "bark" when your dog barks, try commanding them to bark on cue. If your dog happily barks back, move on to the next step! If they need a few more days of training, keep at it!
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Bark on point
Once your dog can bark when commanded, you want to try to remove you saying the word "bark" and just have your pup bark when you motion toward them. Start by saying "bark" and pointing or gesturing at your dog to bark. After a few times, the hand gesture you choose will be just as effective at making your dog bark as the word "bark". Once your dog has learned this step, they will be ready to beatbox.
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Beatbox together
Start your beatboxing and gesture toward your pup whenever you need them to add in a bark. Make sure to keep the treats flowing so that your dog stays interested and participates when needed. Make a few recordings of your beatboxing with your dog and show them off - they are going to be unlike any other beatboxer out there! Your unique tracks are a specialty that no one else will have.
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Beatbox Dance

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
In beatboxing, you will use a lot of different sounds to make the best music possible. However, there are a few basics that every beatboxer practices and that is the sounds of B, T and K. These letters make unique noises and are what many beatboxers practice. When you work on the BTK sounds, train your dog to do certain motions when they hear each sound. When they put the motions together as you beatbox, it will look like your dog is dancing along! This activity will only cost you a few dog treats and can easily be done inside, away from any fluctuating weather.
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B Sounds
When you are practicing your B sounds, train your dog to sit. Say "B, sit, B, sit, B, sit" in your best beatbox voice and give your dog a treat when they listen. Then, transition into just saying "B, B, B" and having your dog sit. It won't take long before your dog hears that beat and automatically sits, expectantly waiting for their treat.
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T Sound
When you make the T sound in your beatboxing, have your dog give their paw to you. In the same manner that you trained them to sit on "B", have them do paw on "T". Again, your dog will soon learn that that beatbox T means they need to give you their paw in order to get a reward. Start practicing the "BT" combination where your dog will sit and then give paw when they hear the music.
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K Sound
Spinning around in a circle when they hear the K sound is one of he most fun as your dog will really look like they are moving around to the music. Hold a treat up high and lead your dog in a circle while you practice your "K". Now, put the BTK together and watch as your dog sits, gives paw and then spins around. Do it again and again to help ingrain it into your pup's brain. Now, you have a dancing BTK dog!
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Listen for Patterns

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Activity description
Beatboxing is all about following patterns and making rhythms that come naturally. If you want to get really good at this aspect of beatboxing, you should try finding patterns and rhythms in everyday life. You will be surprised by how many beats you hear when you just tune into everyday sounds. Know who is a great source of rhythm? Your dog! The day to day activities of your pup creates sounds and beats that will inspire you for sure. This activity is free to do; you just need your ears and you can easily listen to your dog for inspiration any day, anytime.
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Throw and catch
Head outside for a game of fetch with your dog. Throw the ball and listen as your dog's paws hit the ground, chasing the ball and bringing it back to you. Throw the ball again and listen for the same paw sounds. Start thinking of beats and throw it again, this time beatboxing along with the sound of your dog running to get the ball. This game can go on forever as your dog's run will always vary slightly but essentially have the same rhythm.
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Water drink
Next time you put your dog's water bowl down, listen to the sound they make as they lap the water up. Dogs drink in a steady slow fashion and the slurping sound of the water is the perfect base rhythm for your next beat. Every time your dog goes to take a sip, start your beat again! Soon, a drink of water will be a great song rather than just something to hydrate your pup.
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Deep breaths
When your dog goes into a deep sleep, they will start breathing heavily and steadily. Know what that means? It is the perfect way to start thinking of a beat. The slow, natural sound of your dog's breath is a great way to come up with a basic, subtle beat while your dog keeps time as they sleep. You'll get so caught up in this one that it will be hard to stop thinking of the rhythm every time your dog lays their head down to rest.
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More Fun Ideas...

Beatbox Tour

Take your dog on the road with you to visit some of the most famous beatboxers. Your dog will love listening to the rhythms as much as you and it's the perfect time for you to study beatboxing from some of the best.

Videos

After training your dog to be a beatbox master, make some videos of you and your dog beatboxing together. Have them bark on cue and dance to the music and they will be an instant internet sensation!

Conclusion

It may seem a stretch to include your dog in your beatboxing hobby but it really isn't. As you can see, your dog can easily beatbox along with you, dance to the music or be the inspiration behind the beats. Practice your beatboxing frequently with your dog by your side and incorporate your pup into those beats. Be sure to take lots of videos and recordings as everyone will love a dog who can beatbox!