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Am I hurting my dog, or is he just singing along?

PeasPeas Registered User regular
edited April 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So I am learning to play my harmonica but most of the time when I play it near my dog he will start to howl or whine along with me. I googled and watched some youtubes but their comments range from "You are hurting the dog due to his sensitive ears" to "He's singing along with you, don't worry about it". So I guess I need some actual dog owners to answer this question.

Here's a video of someone's dog doiing the same thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5lDlN0u8B0&feature=related

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  • RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    he's singing along

    the harmonica sounds like howling to him

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  • BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Yeah my friend howls to his dog and he howls with him right after. I don't think it's hurting his ears.

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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
  • ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    if it was hurting you dogs ears he'd go hide under the bed or something to get away from it.

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  • MovitzMovitz Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    In his mind he's just howling along with the rest of the pack.

    What does that say about your harmonica skills? Food for thought man, food for thought....

    Nah, they howl along to anything, our dog loved rock on the radio. Your dog is probably loving the sing-along too.

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  • RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    heck one of my dogs would howl if you looked at her and went "roo roo roo ROOO ROO ROOOOO ROOO"

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 2010
    ADORABLE. He even keeps the tune a bit. <3

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  • GungHoGungHo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    You're not hurting his ears any more than Andy Gibb hurts your ears. They hear in a different range than we do, but it's not the tone that bothers them. You've gotta be careful about dBs, though. Their ears are like ours, living near an airport or listening to loud music constantly will mess them up just like it will yours.

    My dog will walk over and put his paws on my face if I'm snoring too loud to beg me to quit. Either that or he's trying to suffocate me, but forgot the pillow.

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  • GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I had an Alaskan Malamute growing up. We had a civil defense siren (you know, those things they blow if there's a tornado or if the Russians decided to invade suburban Illinois) which would get tested once a month. Ela loved it, she'd yowl her little head off. I figure she thought it was other dogs, or maybe she was just having fun.

    It was always a little sad when it stopped, though, because she'd give these pitiful little whines and RAWFs. I guess she didn't want the fun to stop.

    If your doggy was hurt, he'd let you know, most likely by running away. Instead, I'd guess he likes the attention from the pack leader, and thinks you're singing to him.

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  • lordswinglordswing Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    GungHo wrote: »
    My dog will walk over and put his paws on my face if I'm snoring too loud to beg me to quit. Either that or he's trying to suffocate me, but forgot the pillow.

    That is awesome. If you have a SO, I bet he/she trained your dog to do that. Or your dog just doesn't approve.

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  • GungHoGungHo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Nah, he's done that since he was a puppy. He wants me to stop. I snore pretty loud.

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  • RobmanRobman Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Dogs are still wolves deep down, they love howling with the pack

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  • EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited April 2010
  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited April 2010
    oh the singing puppy videos they are killing me noooooooooo

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  • RaekreuRaekreu Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    When I was a kid we had two dogs and one of them would howl along with the harmonica. We never thought the other one howled at all. But then they built a fire station near our subdivision and he started howling when the fire engines went out on emergency calls. Ditto for ambulances and police cars. Both of them would get whiney and upset after they were done howling. It's just a weird thing that dogs do, though less aggravating than when they scoot their butts on the carpet.

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  • PolloDiabloPolloDiablo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Echo, that is the most adorable thing I have ever seen.

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  • splashsplash Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    My cat nonchalantly excuses herself from the room when I whistle loudly

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  • rizriz Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    splash wrote: »
    My cat nonchalantly excuses herself from the room when I whistle loudly

    Mine tries to swat me...

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  • LovelyLovely Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Mine are trained to come when I whistle so.... I can no longer whistle randomly anymore. Heh.

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  • AsiinaAsiina ... WaterlooRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Peas wrote: »
    I googled and watched some youtubes but their comments range from "You are hurting the dog due to his sensitive ears" to "He's singing along with you, don't worry about it".

    Well there's your problem.

    There are comments on every single animal video on youtube claiming it's abuse.

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  • GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Actually, the problem is that there are comments on youtube. But that's for another time.

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