Symphony Hires Professional Dog Musicians
Wanted: Canine Professional Musicians
Qualifications: Must be able to bark on cue with impeccable timing and be quiet when not working
Compensation: Your choice of your favorite treat paid with every bark delivered on time
Attire: Must be willing to work naked
Optional Clothing: Necklace
Bonus: Ability to bow on cue at end of performance
The Pittsburgh Symphony has gone to the dogs, literally. Resident conductor Fawzi Haimor recently auditioned ten dogs for a rare performance of Leopold Mozart’s Hunting Horn Symphony. You can watch the entertaining auditions in the video below.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the symphony, written by Wolfgang Amadeus’s father, also asks for gunshots — the PSO will likely use some sort of starter pistol — and shouts. So, a calm dog who is able to stay focused on the job at hand was also a requirement. The five dogs who won the audition had already been taught how to bark on cue. They will be appearing in June at an outdoor concert.
Why would you want a dog to bark on cue?
I’ve heard veterinary behaviorist Ian Dunbar describe it this way… “If your child is on an airplane screaming because he can’t sit still anymore, getting him to remain quiet for the duration of the flight might be a challenge. But, if you tell him that he can have a screaming fest as soon as he’s outside, he might enjoy the challenge. He still gets to scream, but in the appropriate environment.”
Barking can be the same. When barking is put on cue, not only will you have a quieter household when desired, but your dog just might end up on stage.
Do you have a barker at home? Have you tried teaching them to bark on cue? Thanks for sharing your experiences in a comment below.
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