What better way to pass the time, than a sing-along? Long journeys seem shorter, moods seem lifted and ears can be (sometimes) soothed. It isn’t just us nomadic humans that get bored though. Dogs get bored too, and one dog from Cologne has recently discovered the joy of the sing-along.
By, 31 Oct 2018
Walter Ledermuller loves to sing. On journeys around his native North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany he chooses to pass the time with a rendition of whatever music is playing on his car stereo. And when he brings with him his faithful French bulldog Junior, the pair make quite the double act.
Some dogs howl when their owner’s sing, some whine and some cover their ears. In Walter's recent YouTube, Junior tries his best to hit the notes, firstly with Rihanna’s Diamonds and then later with Let it Go from the Disney smash-hit film Frozen, when he is also joined by Ledermuller’s friend.
Do all dogs like to sing?
It seems as though Junior both enjoys singing and has a sense of pitch, something that isn’t unheard of, of certain breeds. Take for instance the Malamute, Basset Hound and Golden Retriever: all well-known for letting their voices be heard (although none is quite as pitch-perfect as Junior’s nor as famous!)
Yuki, the terrier dog of former American President Lyndon Johnson did by all accounts enjoy singing with his master. And why shouldn’t she have? Singing with their owners is a dog's way to feel included. It is thought to be a throwback to the pack behaviour of howling together.
‘The theory of evolution is actually a useful guide in this case: when dogs hear a human voice singing at the top of their voices, their pack instinct is triggered; they want a place in the choir,’ according to behavioural psychologist Peter Borchelt.
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