Is your doggo the next Snoop Dogg? Maybe they are! There are numerous studies out there that prove that dogs are, in fact, very fond of music, especially soothing piano tunes. A 2012 study published in The Journal of Veterinary Behaviours written by Lori R. Kogan, Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher, and Allen A.Simon, the researchers found that classical music played to dogs in kennels actually calmed the pups down and allowed them to sleep better. Moreover, there is a plethora of anecdotal evidence that proves the findings of the aforementioned study, so there is absolutely no reason for your doggo not to enjoy some smooth tunes as well. Better yet, why not make it into a game?
Relive the ballroom dancing scene from Anastasia with your best friend! Only instead of the prince, you will be dancing with your overly cute dog, which, let’s face it, is SO much better. Princes leave, dogs stay forever, right? This one will probably take a bit of practice to get perfect, but it is absolutely worth it. Blast some smooth waltz tunes from your smartphone or a computer, and teach your doggo how to dance! It is best to come up with a simple choreography for starters, as you can always build upon the basics.
We all loved musical chairs when we were little, right? Same can be said for dogs, they just adore this game! It is super fun, easy to understand, and hilarious when the game develops! If you have an especially clingy dog, this one will be perfect to play with them as well. Dogs tend to follow us around the house, so turning that into a game can give you some much needed laughs, and even a means of exercise when the weather outside is bad. Doing this to an upbeat piano tune makes the whole experience even better.
Haven’t you always dreamed of one day listening to your beloved pupper play the Moonlight Sonata in a big concert hall? Okay, maybe that dream is a little far-fetched, but that does not mean that your furry friend cannot actually learn how to play the piano. Using some dog treats and a little bit of patience, you can teach your pup to play the tunes as smooth as Sam did. Keep it simple, use the same command every time, and keep the treats low-calorie, you don’t want to make the inches on your dog’s waist go up at the same rate as their talent!
Get a two or more hula hoops. Either have your friends hold them, or fix them to the ground with duct tape and some tubes. Play the music. Have your dog go through the hoops, jump through, or make eights through them. When the music stops, tell them to sit or lay down. This one is great if you have friends who also have dogs, as you can make it into a group activity.
Gather your friends and their dogs and stand in the circle with your dogs in front of you. Play the music. When the music stops, you should all command your dogs to lay down. The last one down or the one still standing is out. Repeat until you get an undefeated champion who will share their super-delicious dog cake with the rest of the gang!
As you can see, piano music is not only made for humans to enjoy. The many positive effects it has on dogs are definitely a plus, and if you can include music to your daily activities with your doggo it will make them appreciate it more, and even associate the soothing piano music with fun and love for you (not that that’s lacking). Get creative and you will see your amateur dog turn into a professional virtuoso all while having the time of their lives!