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KolosoK
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Hi,

So my dog is extremely afraid of my guitar. He won't come near it. When I play it, he will hide in a corner or under a bed. When I play it in the garage downstairs, he can still hear it more than humans (damn dogs and their excellent hearing, lol). This, yet again, causes him to hide under a couch and whatnot. I am tired of playing down in the garage, because that requires walking up/down stairs. I would really like to be able to play while sitting on the couch in the living room.

So far, this is what I've done to get him to not be afraid of the instrument: I lay a treat down on the floor, and as he runs towards it, I move it closer to the guitar. I give him a treat 3ft away from the guitar, then the next time at 2ft, then 1ft, then finally I lay the treat on the guitar and let him take it off. He is very hesitant about it, but he eventually does it. Then he runs away and hides under a bed ( ). What can I do to make him not be afraid of it?

The dog's ears are near perfect. He can tell the difference between live sound and recorded sound extremely well. He isn't afraid of the music I play on my computer (metal, hard rock, techno, etc), but he's still afraid of my guitar on both the clean and the overdrive channels. Even if I don't plug it into an amp and play quietly, he still is afraid of the sound.

Anyone have experience in getting a pet used to your instrument? Please share
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Well, I think it's only natural.

Amps put out a huge deal of different sounding harmonics. Some of them which are so high, we can't even hear them. Your dog does though, and if it's loud, I can totally understand why he's afraid of it.
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You must improve your playing.

LOL.
My Jack Russell does the same thing when I plug in.
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You must improve your playing.


ZING!


I think you're on the right path, though. How long has the dog been afraid of the guitar, and how long have you been trying the treat-trick?
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I'm trying to, but I've only been playing for a month and a half. I can play the intro to "Wish You Were Here" pretty well, and he's still afraid of that .

Y00p: I don't turn up the amp up at all. I play at the lowest possible volume at which I can hear it, so the neighbors won't get pissed. The problem is, even without an amp, the dog can hear it.

EDIT:

Boz0r: I've been doing the treat trick only for a bit. I used to have the guitar at home, and when I saw that he was afraid, I moved it to the garage. Now it's back at home, because I'm tired of going to the garage when I want to play. If I want to show something to friends or parents, I would have to take them to the garage, which they would be too lazy to walk to >.< I'm going to continue the treat trick I think.

P.S. Forgive my grammar, English isn't my native language.
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Y00p: I don't turn up the amp up at all. I play at the lowest possible volume at which I can hear it, so the neighbors won't get pissed. The problem is, even without an amp, the dog can hear it.

I think it's not so much your dog hearing it while your playing without being plugged in, or at low volumes, but more that the dog linked the guitar to the horrendous sound (you ma have) once produced from your amp. They do it with leashes and walking, balls and playing, hand gestures and punishment etc.
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I think it's not so much your dog hearing it while your playing without being plugged in, or at low volumes, but more that the dog linked the guitar to the horrendous sound (you ma have) once produced from your amp. They do it with leashes and walking, balls and playing, hand gestures and punishment etc.



Hmmm, yeah that could be it. The first time he saw it, it was plugged in and my dad was trying to play a tune on overdrive . His previous owner had an electric guitar as well though, and he played it at home, so I don't know. Maybe the previous owner beat him up with a guitar or something >.<


Either way, however he became afraid of it, I need to reverse that to the point where he can play it (well, not really, but you know what I mean).
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Haha, could be, but not so likely. Who would damage a guitar like that...

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I guess theres only one option left... Kill your dog.
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I guess theres only one option left... Kill your dog.


I know this isn't a serious response, but how can you kill this:

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If you would have started playing while the dog was born you may have had some hope of getting the dog to not run from it. Not gonna happen now.
It's not the guitar its afraid of. The sight of the guitar acts as a stimulus. He associates you picking it up with the sound that frightens him. Don't worry about it. It won't kill him and after a while it won't severly stress him. He will probably continue to hide when you pick it up.
My cat used to do the same thing.
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If you would have started playing while the dog was born you may have had some hope of getting the dog to not run from it. Not gonna happen now.
It's not the guitar its afraid of. The sight of the guitar acts as a stimulus. He associates you picking it up with the sound that frightens him. Don't worry about it. It won't kill him and after a while it won't severly stress him. He will probably continue to hide when you pick it up.
My cat used to do the same thing.


We picked him up from his previous owners (who are our friends, they had to move somewhere where pets weren't allowed) when he was 3.5 years old. +I only got my guitar last month, so yeah. If he doesn't get better, I'll just do what you said. My parents feel sorry for him tho and will probably tell me to stop if he starts shaking lol.
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Its just a dog thing. I have a pit bull as soon as I put the strap over my head and strum a chord he trots off to the other room. Dont have to be plugged in or anything. Just like dogs are afraid of all sorts of crazy things. Its the lack of understanding where the noise comes form I think. Not much you can do about it.
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maybe it's a higher frequency that's pissing him off. If you run it through a digital something-or-other with a sampling rate of about 22 Khz (more common than you think, but it's changing), that would get rid of those frequencies. Of course, maybe that's not it at all.
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I know this isn't a serious response, but how can you kill this:



Easy, pistol and a shovel.


Seriously though, what kind of guitar is it?
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maybe it's a higher frequency that's pissing him off. If you run it through a digital something-or-other with a sampling rate of about 22 Khz (more common than you think, but it's changing), that would get rid of those frequencies. Of course, maybe that's not it at all.


I might try that. I am getting the cash together for an RP150.


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Haha that's funny. Yesterday I was playing all loud with my wah and my cats ears were going all different directions and he almost ran.

Yeah, they just gotta get used to it really.
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Ugh an Ibanez RG2EX1? No wonder he's so scared. I'd be scared too.
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Ugh an Ibanez RG2EX1? No wonder he's so scared. I'd be scared too.


lol, I don't know. It sounds very nice (I love the pickups over the other budget guitars). My amp is crap though, so I'm getting the digitech thing probably (I know you people will say that I should buy a VOX but I seriously can not go over $150).
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Its just a dog thing. I have a pit bull as soon as I put the strap over my head and strum a chord he trots off to the other room. Dont have to be plugged in or anything. Just like dogs are afraid of all sorts of crazy things. Its the lack of understanding where the noise comes form I think. Not much you can do about it.
Exactly. I got my dog when he was a couple weeks old, and he was always deathly afraid of my acoustic. Literally scared the **** out of him once. I tried the treat thing too, but didn't really do much. 6 or 7 years later when I pick up the guitar and strum a chord even unplugged he usually gets up and goes to another room. But now he'll come back and just chill out. Lays right next to me while I'm playing. Just takes some time I guess.
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Hmmmm..... My doggy sits here and watches me practice. Amp high, low, off... don't matter. She loves sittin in front of me watching me play. Then when I start singin she starts howling, it's rather cute actually.

BTW, I have a pit.
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Hi,

So my dog is extremely afraid of my guitar. He won't come near it. When I play it, he will hide in a corner or under a bed. When I play it in the garage downstairs, he can still hear it more than humans (damn dogs and their excellent hearing, lol). This, yet again, causes him to hide under a couch and whatnot. I am tired of playing down in the garage, because that requires walking up/down stairs. I would really like to be able to play while sitting on the couch in the living room.

So far, this is what I've done to get him to not be afraid of the instrument: I lay a treat down on the floor, and as he runs towards it, I move it closer to the guitar. I give him a treat 3ft away from the guitar, then the next time at 2ft, then 1ft, then finally I lay the treat on the guitar and let him take it off. He is very hesitant about it, but he eventually does it. Then he runs away and hides under a bed ( ). What can I do to make him not be afraid of it?

The dog's ears are near perfect. He can tell the difference between live sound and recorded sound extremely well. He isn't afraid of the music I play on my computer (metal, hard rock, techno, etc), but he's still afraid of my guitar on both the clean and the overdrive channels. Even if I don't plug it into an amp and play quietly, he still is afraid of the sound.

Anyone have experience in getting a pet used to your instrument? Please share



my dog is the same but he runs when i go to pick up my acoustic
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lol, I don't know. It sounds very nice (I love the pickups over the other budget guitars). My amp is crap though, so I'm getting the digitech thing probably (I know you people will say that I should buy a VOX but I seriously can not go over $150).


Haha, no I'm just kidding... I'm also an RG owner... unfortunately
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lol, I don't know. It sounds very nice (I love the pickups over the other budget guitars). My amp is crap though, so I'm getting the digitech thing probably (I know you people will say that I should buy a VOX but I seriously can not go over $150).

dont get digitech(?), line 6, or marshall mg series amp... the reason we dont recommend them is that you could get better for the same price, and the quality is ****.... if you only have 150 id suggest either a fender champ, epi valve jr, or one of those portable vox amps (or the 15 watt version for twenty dollars more than your budget)

and i think the dog is afraid of the unexplained noise, also why most dogs are afraid of thunder storms/ sirens
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dont get digitech(?), line 6, or marshall mg series amp... the reason we dont recommend them is that you could get better for the same price, and the quality is ****.... if you only have 150 id suggest either a fender champ, epi valve jr, or one of those portable vox amps (or the 15 watt version for twenty dollars more than your budget)

and i think the dog is afraid of the unexplained noise, also why most dogs are afraid of thunder storms/ sirens


Not a digitech amp, a digitech rp150 (multieffects processor). I know about MGs and Line 6s. I read the forums more than I post
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well my dogs doesnt do that. when they come close to the amp i play some high notes and harmonics just to see how they react, but they only stare at the amp with a despise look on their faces

and they are not deaf lol
one of them can "feel"/listen to a bird landing in the backyard when the door is closed so....
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Not a digitech amp, a digitech rp150 (multieffects processor). I know about MGs and Line 6s. I read the forums more than I post

in that case i would suggest the korg toneworks more than the rp 150... i like that multieffects much better, try it out if you can
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in that case i would suggest the korg toneworks more than the rp 150... i like that multieffects much better, try it out if you can


Could you link that one to me? Does it come with an output to speakers/headphones? Also, does it have a usb connection?
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the same thing happens with my sister.
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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=toneworks

all nice choices... they dont have the usb connection, and im pretty sure your amp has a spot for headphones....
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I'm trying to, but I've only been playing for a month and a half. I can play the intro to "Wish You Were Here" pretty well, and he's still afraid of that .
Not a Floyd fan I guess. Clearly your dog has no taste! By the way, congratulations for deciding to learn to play. I did the same thing a year ago. Hope you stick with it.
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Not a Floyd fan I guess. Clearly your dog has no taste! By the way, congratulations for deciding to learn to play. I did the same thing a year ago. Hope you stick with it.


I try to practice every day for an hour or two. Training the dog this week though, so may not play as much.
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I know this isn't a serious response, but how can you kill this:


Its pretty easy to kill ugly dogs.
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Its pretty easy to kill ugly dogs.



Move along, mister
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i hate all dogs but i mean come on, it practically has a moustache, it's already a god in it's own right
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The previous owner probably had a really nice axe, so he trained the dog to be deathly afraid of going near it.
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the same thing happens with my sister.


Dogs run from your sister? no wonder you won't post pics.


Edit: to make this not spam, My two cats don't really care if I'm playing or not, and they surely don't run from it. if you can, try recording your playing and see if your dog runs from that, because he doesn't run from recorded music, right?
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the same thing happens with my sister.


Yeah mine too, every time there is lightning storm or loud noises that she doesn't know where they are coming from, she gets scared and confused and we have to lock her in the cage.