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.

For training tips on teaching a dog to bark on cue, and not bark other times, watch this helpful video.

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.

10 dogs audition for chance to perform with Symphony

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Fi T.
Fi T.about a year ago

They're always our teachers to learn from

Shalvah Landy
Past Member about a year ago

I wonder how it sounded in the end...

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H.about a year ago

Talk about an odd idea but I bet the final "music" would be funny. How they would think of something like this!

Briony Coote
Briony C.1 years ago

You just have to share this - it's so hilarious!

R Wheeler
R Wheeler1 years ago

The cacophony of symphony, barks and guns isn't anything I would find pleasant and/or even amusing.

Christine W.
Christine W.1 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Karen F.
Karen F.1 years ago

Beats me. Didn't see or hear anything. If it works, I'd be much obliged if some of my neighbours would teach their dogs not to bark all the time.

Jacklyn Walker
Jacklyn Walker1 years ago

Where's the link to the finished product? - smile

Maria Teresa Schollhorn


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