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Old 02-18-2013, 02:41 AM
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Does anyone's dog also hate it when you drum? Mine does.

If he is in the basement with me, he will but his head under my arms, and bite my forearm until I stop playing. It is quite funny.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:52 AM
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My Chihuahua mix , I call him Nacho, was actually a stray before I got him. He is not scared by lightning, fireworks, loud noises or of course drums, just the oven and the cat.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:02 AM
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I'm still in the beginner practice pad stage, but as soon as my chocolate lab Rambo hears me start tapping, he runs upstairs and tries to bite my sticks. He thinks they're toys. We'll have to see how he reacts when I get my first set and start playing on it!
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:02 AM
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my boy....seen in my avi.....used to bark when I would play
now he would just lay in the room and take a nap if I brought him in while practicing.....but I would not subject his ears to that
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:14 AM
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My dog used to freak out, but now just stares at me.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:51 AM
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My dog, Jack, would come down and try to hang with us while we played. Like most Goldens they just want to be with you.
The sound levels didn't seem to bother him but I'm sure it did so I wouldn't let him hang around.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:57 AM
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My dog would rather tolerate the noise than be alone but I feel restricted and paranoid of volume when she's in the room. So I send her out.

She barks at wind instruments, though, and especially goes bonkers when I play didgeridoo. You'd think it was frequency but how do you compare the tones of a didge, Balinese flute and bicycle squeeze horn? Must be the voicing of the attack ... (?)
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:19 AM
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I have a bass player friend who has a kelpie. I went to his place for a rehearsal and when I started to play the dog ran out of the room, then ran back in and peed right on the carpet in front of the kit. Freaked him out. And to this day whenever I go around to my friends place the dog, when he sees me, rolls onto his back and pees on himself. We don't rehearse there anymore.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:24 AM
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I have three dogs. One is deaf, so he doesn't care. The other two don't mind my drums too much, but they like to keep their distance.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:33 AM
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Does anyone's dog also hate it when you drum? Mine does.

If he is in the basement with me, he will but his head under my arms, and bite my forearm until I stop playing. It is quite funny.
HA! Funny.

I had a corgi once and for some reason, he liked to lay right in front of my bass drum. He'd just get accustomed to noise and sleep right in the middle of practice.

One day, all was quiet and he was sleeping in front of the bass drum. I snuck behind the set and made a gigantic four-limbed crash. The dog bent his body sideways into a perfect upward U shape, then instantly bent it back into an upside-down U, flipping himself several feet off the ground. He made a mid-air quarter-roll and landed on his feet and ran out of the room.

He never did sleep anywhere near the drums again.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:13 PM
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When I start playing , my basset hound goes as far as he can from that room. But when the band comes in to rehearse , he stays right between my legs , between double bass and snare drum , so.........
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:21 PM
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My dog "Boo" doesn't mind my playing until I hit my Holy China for some reason that cymbal makes her Howl at the Moon
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:33 PM
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Years ago, I had a basset-corgi shelter dog. My drum room was just off the family room, and I closed the door when I played, so I didn't know what was going on outside the room. The first time he experienced me playing, he tore down the patio door vertical blinds, knocked the throw-pillows off the couch, and he pooped on the wall - I swear to God HE POOPED ON THE WALL!
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:09 PM
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My dog Baxter loves the drums for some reason. Sometimes he'll lie down near the bass drum while I'm practicing. I lighten up on my foot so I don't damage his hearing but if he says there too long I have to make him move or leave the room for his own good.

Sometimes he comes in and barks along. What's scary is that recently he's been barking in correct time to the beat.

Sometimes....he just stares at me
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:30 PM
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What's scary is that recently he's been barking in correct time to the beat.
He's obviously been practicing barking along to his petronome....
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:27 PM
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He's obviously been practicing barking along to his petronome....
Bu dum tshhh...

Lame joke larry...doggone lame. :-)
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:29 PM
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Every dog I've had has loved when I play my drums, but I've always been worried about its damage to their ears (because I know how much drumming has damaged mine for crying out loud) so I always put them outside when I play.

So in a sense they do howl and complain when I play, but only because they're angry about the temporary exile. (Not that I even hear them, but the wife tells me. Boy, does she tell me.)

I'm thinking that your dog is better off not being too close when you play anyway.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:57 PM
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My dog and cat both tolerate the drumming, for lack of a better term I guess.
Both of them vacate the room and go upstairs if the drumming starts, but it doesn't scare either of them. It is funny though; if they see me simply sit behind my kit, they just run out :)
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:30 PM
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Ya'll are lucky! My boxer/greyhound mix doesn't mind it, but my husky does one of two things.
Either starts tearing stuff up or sits in front of me and howls. Not like a "hey, I'm singing along" cute thing either. More like "for the love of God, please stop."
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:33 PM
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Don't subject your pets to extremely loud noise. I find it cruel.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:39 PM
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I'm thinking that your dog is better off not being too close when you play anyway.
Couldn't play with him next to me if I tried. His head goes into my lap and he bites and pulls my hands away from drums until I stand up.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:41 PM
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Don't subject your pets to extremely loud noise. I find it cruel.
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This is what I was trying to say in my earlier post, but Dr_Watso says it better.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:19 PM
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I don't know the science behind it, but I think it is well known how much more sensitive dog's ears are than ours. It's bad enough when we play without hearing protection, try to imagine that amplified as much for a dog.

My dog doesn't mind it, he'll just lay down in another room, but I make sure to close the door of the room I'm in and would never play anywhere near full volume with him close. Long or short term effects on top of how loud it may be while playing. Just my 2 cents
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:26 PM
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Couldn't play with him next to me if I tried. His head goes into my lap and he bites and pulls my hands away from drums until I stand up.
I suggest you get better at drumming then... :)
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:59 PM
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My drums are outside in the brick shed - but I've been doing some building work in there making it a little more sound friendly etc so I've had to ferry my drums between the shed and the house the last 2 weeks, as soon as my dog see's my floor tom or bass drum really really cowers, I've never seen him so scared, but he's OK with everything else.

I have a Lurcher - Saluki and Greyhound cross called Lars (I named him after Mr Ulrich)



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