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Trotter
01-26-2010, 05:10 PM
Maybe its just my bad playing, but my dogs seem to howl quite a bit while I'm jamming. Some riffs seems to make them do it more than others...

Here's a quick video my girlfriend recorded with her iphone while I was messing around with my Axe-Fx and the violin patch.

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sodapopinski
01-26-2010, 05:37 PM
yup, its definitely your playing ;)

I kid, i can't watch it right now... i'm sitting in class

doublee
01-26-2010, 05:47 PM
Great vid, and yes my dog is my harshest critic for sure////

offbeat
01-26-2010, 05:49 PM
Heck, the AUDIENCE howls when I play guitar.

Pencho
01-26-2010, 05:49 PM
Just when I play bark at the moon :)

pak1351
01-26-2010, 05:49 PM
My cat does, as long as it's not too loud. It's very odd to have some accompanying vocals.

Diggng the violin patch. very Bonamassa-like

greyhound
01-26-2010, 05:51 PM
My greyhounds don't pay any attention, but I used to have a Foxhound that would howl like that when I played leads, but for some reason chords didn't bother him.

DGDGBD
01-26-2010, 05:51 PM
Yes, my border collie will howl especially when I play blues licks in A on the neck pickup.

Wilson Effects
01-26-2010, 05:54 PM
Mine stands there and barks at me till I stop.

readymade
01-26-2010, 05:54 PM
My two Beagles always sing along when I play (much to my wife's dismay).

Relayer
01-26-2010, 06:05 PM
I had a cat years ago; his name was Cujo. He deserved the name, as he'd just as soon swat me as look at me. One night I was playing bass. Out of nowhere appeared this cat. Purring, practically drooling with delight, Cujo was rubbing my bass cab like it was his girlfriend! The lower I played, the more he liked it. Thank Isis he was already fixed or I swear he would've sprayed my damned amp! Ever after, until 'The Cuj' died at age 14, if he acted ornery, I'd just crank up the bass, and happy camper. Weird? I think Oh yeah! Now, if I pull some Leshian 'dive bomb' move on my bass, my wife says '"The Woogie cat would've liked that". Bass ratings by dead cat.

Peeb
01-26-2010, 06:14 PM
My dog sleeps on the floor at my feet. Don't understand how, with all that racket going on.

Dickie Fredericks
01-26-2010, 07:36 PM
No but when I pick up the violin (round here we call it a fiddle) the sure do...

tele_phil
01-26-2010, 07:40 PM
Yeah, my dog sings along to two particular blues riffs...The intro to Led Zep's "Bring it on Home" and another one that I made up. Those two just set her off and she breaks into song.

scottlr
01-26-2010, 07:43 PM
The ones that do anything are scared. They run and hide.

cvansickle
01-26-2010, 07:45 PM
The dachsund I had growing up used to, but my chihuahua I have now doesn't. Must be a hound dog thing. Either that, or I'm just better now!

hubberjub
01-26-2010, 07:46 PM
Just when I play slide.

FlyingDutchman
01-26-2010, 07:50 PM
My dog hates my playing. Starts howling like crazy. Pretty much killed any chance of me playing during the nite hours. Even when Im playing thru a set of headphones and complains..

VaughnC
01-26-2010, 08:03 PM
My two Yorkshire terriers start howling if I play the highest note on my high E string...especially if I start the note bent sharp and lower it smoothly (making like a crying/whining sound). With some reverb, they even get more into it and they sound like wolves howling in harmony at the full moon ;).

semore butts
01-26-2010, 08:06 PM
She howls when I sing?:bonk

mge80
01-26-2010, 10:05 PM
My dogs howl regardless. It is part of their heritage. :cool:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b395/mge80/April2008035.jpg

bluesjuke
01-27-2010, 03:27 AM
No noise but I've posted before that my dog sits in front of the amp like the RCA Victor dog.

However if my wife sings the howling starts sometimes.

razorbladeSD
01-27-2010, 07:13 AM
No noise but I've posted before that my dog sits in front of the amp like the RCA Victor dog.


My dog does this too...Then he paws at my pedal board to stop it. He will also try to crawl in my lap when I'm playing ( 90 lb coon hounds aren't good lapdogs)

He also likes to bark at my acoustic, because it makes noise back at him when he does.

Russ Whittemore
01-27-2010, 07:28 AM
Our late Lab, Fudge, was a very particular listener. He never liked piano, even though our daughter was a very accomplished player. He would always show up and sit down to listen when I played acoustic or clean on my Strat, but would leave the room when I was using OD or distortion. Never howled, though. Still miss him sitting at my feet while playing....

cram
01-27-2010, 07:35 AM
my first pooch would howl if the kettle was whislting.
with the kids we'd all howl and get him going.
one day while working from home, I put some feedback in my small practice amp with a little delay pedal to enhance it.
I would hit a harmonic in the lower register so it wasn't totally annoying, but would go on for ever.

he'd howl at that.

but not simply playing the guitar.

mosesblues
01-27-2010, 07:35 AM
Casey the Wonderdog - our lab - will bring his toys into the music room and lay down with them when I'm playing with my toys. He does howl occasionally when I play louder than normal, or lean a little more toward the sustained note Santana feeling stuff. Funny to see him do it.

Moses

majorledhead
01-27-2010, 08:20 AM
No dog but the cat runs at 100MPH up the steps and under the bed as soon as I take a guitar off the wall or turn an amp onto standby for warm up. Run kitty run....

donnyjaguar
01-27-2010, 08:52 AM
Harmonica playing used to drive my dog bananas. We were never sure if he was howling in delight or pain.

joemilitello
01-27-2010, 08:55 AM
This thread made me smile.

I miss my old boy. Had to put him down after 15 years of love & companionship.

Hackubus
01-27-2010, 09:04 AM
It'd be cool if they did. I have a toy squeezebox that will however, send them into a tizz with howling & barking. I've had to cut it out since we had a baby. She doesn't like it at ALL when the dogs start barking.

Fendegibs
01-27-2010, 10:18 AM
My pup (beagle mix) runs to the other side of the condo when I'm playing guitar, but if I'm playing bass she runs right up to me, listens intently, and then tries to lick the body of the bass...always thought that was pretty funny!

The Funk
01-27-2010, 11:52 AM
My dog used to be scared shitless of my acoustic guitar. He would charge at it barking and growling.

Then he saw a bunch of people playing them at a party and he decided they were ok.

But he LOVES keyboards!!!! A friend of mine broke out a melodica one day and Chopper just ran into the room with his "love" face on and started licking the melodica. He also likes organs and synths. If you put one on the floor he'll "play" it with his nose.

neil99
01-27-2010, 01:19 PM
The Border Collie likes the noise I believe. She will roll over on her back with her feet in the air and her side right against my cab. When I bring her to a jam session she plops herself right down smack in the middle of the room between the kick drum and the bass amp. She used to howl a bit, but she is an older, more refined lady at this point in her life, and finds it beneath her.

The Lab mutt heads for the hills and needs to be extracted from underneath the bed. He can get in, but cant get out again. Freakin dope.

I had a cat growing that hated it. All my old peavys had nice little white circles with downward trails on the sides, just about ass level to a cat.

Kevbo599
01-27-2010, 01:36 PM
When I was in college the frat house I hung out at had a St. Bernard that would howl every time we played "Echoes" by Pink Floyd.

plagtr2
01-27-2010, 01:38 PM
Can't believe it still, but my Maddie wants to hang in my jam room while I'm playing. She will only bail out if I really crank it up. Even at a moderate level, I would think it would bother her. She just curls up and naps. Go figure.

soli528
01-27-2010, 01:47 PM
My dog does this too...Then he paws at my pedal board to stop it. He will also try to crawl in my lap when I'm playing ( 90 lb coon hounds aren't good lapdogs)

He also likes to bark at my acoustic, because it makes noise back at him when he does.
no kidding, my aussie stomps on the pedals too, and has even jumped up, bitten the cable and pulled it out of the guitar. Has to be coincidence, right? He can't know how electronics work (i hope) :worried

Motorhed
01-27-2010, 06:56 PM
My last dog wouldn't stay in the room if I was playing and would always run by my amps to get passed them as quickly as she could since she knew what noise came out of them lol, it didn't matter if they were on or not. The first time she heard a wah she stood in front of the amp staring at it and tilting her head back and fourth which was hysterical. She never did it again though.

My current pup gives me this look whenever I play...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/motorhed/100_5088.jpg



haha, She actually doesn't pay any attention to it. She'll get interested in the guitar itself when I get one out because I'm doing something that doesn't concern her but other than that she doesn't even care.

austratman23
01-27-2010, 07:17 PM
no...mine poop and pee...YIKES

Russorama
04-21-2010, 06:10 PM
My dobie isn't terribly fond of the sound when I plug in but what really gets him going is harmonica playing. Even if it's only on a CD!!! Sometimes he'll be sleeping on the floor and when it's gets to the harmonica solo on a blues CD, he'll start howling real soft at first then he'll really get going. Funniest damn thing.

shakeshakeshake
04-21-2010, 06:17 PM
My dog hates it and barks at me to stop somtimes, the cat seems to love it for some reason though

crosse79
04-21-2010, 06:23 PM
Heck, the AUDIENCE howls when I play guitar.

LOL!! Good one.

crosse79
04-21-2010, 06:29 PM
My dog hates it and barks at me to stop somtimes, the cat seems to love it for some reason though

It's trying to earn points...

dbeeman
04-24-2010, 12:09 PM
Only once, I was playing load and I looked over at our Beag and she was howling - i couldn;t hear it very well over my racket.

Mostly, she just asks to go outside.

However, when ever I work on a guitar or amp she is right there helping - usually by picking up screwdrivers and such and taking off with them

phoenix 7
04-24-2010, 01:05 PM
Pink Floyd's dog is a good blues singer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFRiaszvB8Y

57special
04-24-2010, 01:09 PM
my dog howls up a storm when a harp is played.

mj07
04-24-2010, 01:57 PM
Mine whine or bark-yep-mostly when it is a Komet or Marshall, Fenders they don't seem to mind?!

Guitardave
03-15-2012, 12:44 PM
Harmonica playing used to drive my dog bananas. We were never sure if he was howling in delight or pain.



Q: Why do dogs howl at a harmonica player?








A: They are trying to teach them the key!

ow my eyes
03-15-2012, 01:02 PM
He did when I pulled out the Flugelhorn. Hillarious.

tele_phil
03-15-2012, 01:30 PM
My Aussie Cattle Dog loves to howl along to any 12 bar blues progression.

Peteyvee
03-15-2012, 01:33 PM
Mine just looks at me with a "oh no, not again" look on her face and goes to another room.
my dog howls up a storm when a harp is played.
You dog has good taste...

brb9911
03-15-2012, 02:33 PM
Yes. My chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix howls every time I step on the Mutron III, just like he's singing along.

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x447/brb9911/photo.jpg

crzyfngers
03-15-2012, 02:36 PM
my boxer was a singer. he liked horn keys, Bb,Eb,F.

Cottage
03-15-2012, 04:08 PM
Harmonicas always do it for dogs......come to think of it, they make me want to howl to, particularly bad, iron lung harp!

57special
03-15-2012, 04:21 PM
try a fiddle.

chrisr777
03-15-2012, 04:34 PM
My parrot sings, does that count?

A-Bone
03-15-2012, 04:36 PM
My dog who passed away last November was the best audience I ever had.

She would come running when I started playing, then lie down on the floor until I stopped.

http://i674.photobucket.com/albums/vv105/a-bone/Murphy.jpg

RIP, Murphy.

greyhound
03-15-2012, 05:02 PM
I had an American Foxhound that would howl if I played lead, but chords were fine. None of my greyhounds take any notice of my playing.

Turbo Gerbil
03-15-2012, 06:07 PM
my cat runs the hell out of my room if I pick up a guitar, even acoustics.

critics.

Lo Blues
03-15-2012, 06:12 PM
When I play my electric my dog gets real playful and excited. She starts rolling on her back and goes into her play stance. Makes me laugh. I hope it's not too loud. :dunno

hubberjub
03-15-2012, 06:13 PM
Just when I play slide.

jrjones
03-15-2012, 07:59 PM
I don't know. When I'm plugged in I can't hear myself in the room I'm in. Let alone something in another room.

Russorama
03-16-2012, 01:35 AM
Funny story..........I lost a beautiful, big, sweet doberman coming up on two years ago. Whenever I'd play HARMONICA, he would howl. If he even heard it on a CD, he would howl. He could be asleep on his bed and when the harmonica solo came on on the CD, he would wake up, lift his head and howl kinda softly. Cutest damn thing. I miss that dog so much.

Lotis
03-16-2012, 07:21 AM
My Bassett hound always howled when I played blues. Either I was really bad or he was some evil old blues dude reincarnated down the food chain.

crzyfngers
03-16-2012, 07:43 AM
My Bassett hound always howled when I played blues. Either I was really bad or he was some evil old blues dude reincarnated down the food chain.
i figured coming back as a dog would be a step up.

CRAIG4FSU
03-16-2012, 10:07 AM
My dogs never did,but i had an insane orange cat once that when i would sit in the floor and play,she would hop up and sit on my shoulder and watch my hand go back and forth.

Ryan07
03-16-2012, 10:11 AM
Play a Moog Lowpass with the Resonance on about 7 and the Cutoff around 1k. It's a self howling, space-like dog whistle. It will send your dogs wild...

Berlebster
03-16-2012, 11:47 AM
When i was young hippie one of my dogs was always sleeping in the bass drum while we were jamming , hence the music stopped he just woke up and looked for me . hope it makes sense. now my two dogs they only howled when i played the harp. sub frequencies

semi-hollowbody
03-16-2012, 12:15 PM
no, but my wife does
"TUUUUURRRRNRNNNN IIIITTTT DOOOOOWNNNNNNNNNNNN