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Re: Do dogs have absolute pitch?

I had a singing teacher who's dog would join in, but ONLY when his mistress played an arpeggio...not any other piano music or pattern of notes.  Not perfect pitch (and not in tune) but certainly able to recognise specific relative patterns and act on them.

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-----Original Message-----
From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception [mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Tom Brennan
Sent: 16 May 2012 13:52
To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [AUDITORY] Do dogs have absolute pitch?

Wouldn't that be confusing perfect pitch with the physiological ability to reproduce a pitch?

I know that when training dogs as service animals I sometimes use large pitch differences such as smoke alarms vs door bells as a part of training but my impression has never been that dogs have perfect pitch.  Then again, it seems that it would be a fairly simple thing to test with a computerized audiometer <g>.


Tom Brennan  KD5VIJ, CCC-A/SLP
web page http://titan.sfasu.edu/~g_brennantg/sonicpage.html

On Wed, 16 May 2012, Brian Gygi wrote:

> Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 09:12:35 +0000
> From: Brian Gygi <bgygi@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Do dogs have absolute pitch?
> Yes, could you train a dog to howl at 440? That would be a test of the 
> theory :)
> Brian Gygi, Ph.D.
> Senior Research Fellow
> National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing
> 113 The Ropewalk
> Nottingham, UK
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sam Mathias [mailto:smathias@xxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 01:50 AM
> To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Do dogs have absolute pitch?
> The owner is clearly signalling: skip ahead to the end of the video, where you can actually see her move her body and look at the correct key before the dog responds. Since dogs can pick up on some truly amazing cues from their owners (e.g., they can be trained to predict epileptic seizures), I think a well-trained dog could accomplish this easily.
> On 16 May 2012 02:15, Kevin Austin <kevin.austin@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> http://www.wimp.com/dogpitch/
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> Kevin
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