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Symphony Hires Professional Dog Musicians

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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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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3:19AM PST on Nov 6, 2014

They're always our teachers to learn from

1:30PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

I wonder how it sounded in the end...

10:42PM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

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

2:45PM PDT on May 26, 2014

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

8:38AM PDT on May 26, 2014

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

7:45AM PDT on May 25, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

3:50AM PDT on May 25, 2014

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.

1:40PM PDT on May 24, 2014

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

6:46AM PDT on May 24, 2014


4:15AM PDT on May 24, 2014


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