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#2055387 - 03/27/13 11:07 PM Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners?
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The cat may give you a glance, but the family dog just wants to be your bestest friend ever!
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#2055416 - 03/28/13 12:37 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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What - never experienced an attack by an ankle-nipper?
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#2055430 - 03/28/13 01:07 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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I think it's because of your tool bag. You probably just came from a house with dogs, cats or whatever and Phiduaux loves to stick it's nose in all those new smells. I actually let the dogs give my tool bag a good going over because it just helps me get into the door of my next clients home and distract the dog so I can enter. I always hold my case low when I enter and almost push the dog in with it so the animal is immediately attracted to it. It's a great canine ice breaker!
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#2055435 - 03/28/13 01:20 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: Supply]
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Originally Posted By: Supply
What - never experienced an attack by an ankle-nipper?


Jurgen,

I was viciously mauled by a tea-cup Chihuahua...sort of. It seems that the area under the piano bench was the pooch's domain. He resented the piano-tuner moving him aside for the tuning. Fortunately...he was also darn old. Had no teeth. I kept feeling a nudge on my toe, and couldn't figure out what it was...until I looked down and saw this tiny little toothless critter doing his best to bite my foot off. Oh! He was gumming me to death.

Breathing heavily,
I remain,
Unscathed...just a wet spot on the toe,
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#2055585 - 03/28/13 10:44 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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This is the difference between dogs and cats. Pay attention too, or notice a dog, and it thinks you must be a god. Pay attention too, or notice a cat, and it thinks "I must be a god".
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#2055598 - 03/28/13 11:02 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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Well, it's simple. A dog is man's best friend. Oh-Oh, is that sexist? I'd better take cover fast! I'm sure that all dogs are completely PC. I'm sure of it.

Words of advice:

Never let a dog 'mark' your tool bag. Never let a cat crawl in.
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#2055614 - 03/28/13 11:16 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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Dogs just love to greet new people on their territory. I'm sure they do the same to plumbers, builders etc.
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#2055776 - 03/28/13 04:45 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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I had a very helpful cat a few weeks ago, up on my lap, tapping me from behind, jumping up on the bench.. but the kicker was when he ran from the other side of the room and bounded up to my shoulder!! That was a real wake-up!!
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#2055813 - 03/28/13 06:10 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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Ron, Must have been your irresistible after shave.

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#2055874 - 03/28/13 08:56 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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I remember a Golden Retriever who after greeting me enthusiastically, made a noisy sloppy stop at his water bowl, then looked up and saw me 30 feet away. I think he couldn't remember whether I had been properly greeted, and deciding not to error on the side of neglect came running. The lady of the house made a futile grab for his colar, and I got a soaking wet spot on my pants where he made contact.
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#2055877 - 03/28/13 09:00 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: Supply]
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Originally Posted By: Supply
What - never experienced an attack by an ankle-nipper?
I've never been attacked. I'm either lucky, or an accidental Dog Whisperer.
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#2055887 - 03/28/13 09:25 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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I've been bitten by one dog...one of those tiny shrieking yip yip yippers. Its owner had just stepped outside for 15 seconds, and the dog came flying at me and bit my leg (well, it bit my pants). I grabbed it by the collar and threw it across the room. It didn't bother me after that.

In another home, as I was standing, talking with the customer, her cat jumped from the floor up onto the middle of my back, and crawled up onto my shoulder. "Oh, he does that all the time! Isn't he cute?", said the owner. I couldn't really respond with anything but, "OUCH!"


Edited by Eric Gloo (03/29/13 09:16 AM)
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#2055892 - 03/28/13 09:38 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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No one answered the door bell last week, so I called the client from the front door. Just as we determined I was at the wrong house, a couple of German Shepherds trotted up to me. They were my escort out of the yard, past the big "beware of dog" sign by the gate. The two dogs were not aggressive towards me, but then again, I didn't argue with them either. Ha ha.

Animals seem to tell if you like them or not, and I'd rather have a dog under foot when tuning, than listen to it bark in the other room. Unless..... the dog falls asleep and snores the whole time, or is one of those breeds that snorts and slobbers every 20 seconds. Ha Ha.
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#2056139 - 03/29/13 10:28 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: RonTuner]
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Originally Posted By: RonTuner
I had a very helpful cat a few weeks ago, up on my lap, tapping me from behind, jumping up on the bench.. but the kicker was when he ran from the other side of the room and bounded up to my shoulder!! That was a real wake-up!!


I have a cat like this too. He goes to jail in the bathroom during the tuner's visit. The other two cats will hide on their own.
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#2056550 - 03/29/13 10:31 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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It is a Dog's nature to love. It is their right.
I have encountered dog's through much of my life's work. In general, they want only to love others. Please believe me when I tell you that the average pit bull is more reasonable than the average house wife.
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#2056563 - 03/29/13 10:48 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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#2056708 - 03/30/13 07:14 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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A couple of years ago I tuned a piano in a big farmhouse. They had two Rottweilers, very nice and friendly dogs. The owners were on the second floor while I was tuning and I had to go out to get another tool case in the car. Went to the door and suddenly the dogs were there sitting in front of the door looking me into the eyes, they were totally silent. I could go around in the house, but they did not allow me to get out until the owners said it was ok.
Maybe they loved me too much to let me go...


Edited by pianolive (03/30/13 07:16 AM)

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#2056847 - 03/30/13 12:45 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: Minnesota Marty]
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Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Well, it's simple. A dog is man's best friend.


Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
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#2056898 - 03/30/13 02:13 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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Originally Posted By: David Jenson
The cat may give you a glance, but the family dog just wants to be your bestest friend ever!


He hopes you are bringing him a treat.
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#2057387 - 03/31/13 02:15 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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I'll add one more dog story...

An old customer called to have her piano tuned, and asked that I get the key from her at her restaurant and let myself in. 'No problem.' says I. She told me, as I got the key, that she had a new dog, but not to worry; 'He's just a sweetheart.'. 'No problem.' says I. And proceeded to the home. As she had always had ankle-biters, little Yorkies and such, I was not worried about the new dog.

I got to the house, knocked on the door as always (..even when the house is supposed to be empty, I knock), and let myself in the door. But....I stopped dead in my tracks, and my heart started racing when the new pet raised his basketball-sized head over the back of the couch. The lady had chosen a MASTIFF as her new friend. GEEEEEZ LOUISE! But, as advertised, the new pet was friendly...thank goodness. Thing must have weighed 150lbs, but was quite happy to see another human to scratch his ears and thump his ribs. We got along splendidly after the momentary heart-attack.

I know the owner appreciated her little joke on the tuner!

Shaken,
not stirred,
I remain,
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#2057716 - 04/01/13 10:17 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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Loc: San Jose, CA
"...It is a Dog's nature to love. It is their right. I have encountered dog's through much of my life's work. In general, they want only to love others. Please believe me when I tell you that the average pit bull is more reasonable than the average house wife..."

Blank verse that is such a lightning bolt, it doesn't need rhyme or meter to get the job done.

The tech (and all other regular visitors) start out on the right foot by giving my five dogs their favorite treat. They never forget this, ever. And yes, the smells are interesting and always new, since the tech goes to different places all the time. Besides that, my tech is a very dear and lovable guy, and the dogs know this and behave back the same way.

My tech probably thinks I hang out and keep up light conversation just because I like him (and I do), but it is also to keep an eye on the dogs and to see that they don't snake something expensive out of his bag while his attention is occupied. They are always looking for a new chew-toy. His electronic tuner had a close call.
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#2058037 - 04/01/13 09:12 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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The dog love my shoes.

Once I go to tune an upright. The dogs are annoying so locked outside the door. After the session, when I open the door, my shoes were disappeared. The dogs ate my shoes.
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#2058429 - 04/02/13 07:26 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: Weiyan]
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Originally Posted By: Weiyan
The dog love my shoes.

Once I go to tune an upright. The dogs are annoying so locked outside the door. After the session, when I open the door, my shoes were disappeared. The dogs ate my shoes.
On a guess I'd say those folks didn't feed their dogs very well. I hope it wasn't cold for your shoeless walk home.
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#2058435 - 04/02/13 07:41 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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"...I'd say those folks didn't feed their dogs very well..."

My dogs always behave like they're starving, starting less than one minute after a full dinner. I think they would eat until they exploded, if they weren't prevented; the genes hardwired into the brain of animals who lived before dogfood and PetSmart were invented. It is a very near thing to keep them from getting really fat (I have seen specimens of this breed who did bloat up) and then sick with diabetes.

So, opinions will vary, depending on whether you ask the dog, the vet, or the owner. Anyway, mine, at least, haven't fattened themselves on the piano tech, though there are musicians whom I wouldn't put it past.

But fear not. Or not much.
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#2058436 - 04/02/13 07:44 PM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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Don't do it! Pianists are very fattening for dogs.
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#2059530 - 04/05/13 12:02 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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For the first few years, I thought dogs really liked me, until I realized they're just keeping a close eye on the stranger in the house.

The one exception is a huge bull dog who tries to push me off the bench with his forehead. Turns out he doesn't like anyone, but one of the daughters in the house, to play the piano. Maybe I should practice before I go on that service call?

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#2059544 - 04/05/13 01:21 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: TunerJeff]
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Originally Posted By: TunerJeff
I'll add one more dog story...

An old customer called to have her piano tuned, and asked that I get the key from her at her restaurant and let myself in. 'No problem.' says I. She told me, as I got the key, that she had a new dog, but not to worry; 'He's just a sweetheart.'. 'No problem.' says I. And proceeded to the home. As she had always had ankle-biters, little Yorkies and such, I was not worried about the new dog.

I got to the house, knocked on the door as always (..even when the house is supposed to be empty, I knock), and let myself in the door. But....I stopped dead in my tracks, and my heart started racing when the new pet raised his basketball-sized head over the back of the couch. The lady had chosen a MASTIFF as her new friend. GEEEEEZ LOUISE! But, as advertised, the new pet was friendly...thank goodness. Thing must have weighed 150lbs, but was quite happy to see another human to scratch his ears and thump his ribs. We got along splendidly after the momentary heart-attack.

I know the owner appreciated her little joke on the tuner!

Shaken,
not stirred,
I remain,


Which is why I prefer big dogs, if I have to pick. Big dogs tend to be (not saying they always are!) easy going and would rather make friends with you than bite your head off.
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#2059550 - 04/05/13 01:54 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: Horowitzian]
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One of the workers in my rebuilding shop would sometimes bring his dog -- some english setter type of creature and not very well disciplined. Well, anyway, we were assembling a recently refinished grand piano and couldn't find one of the cheek blocks. Turned out the dog had decided it would make a good chew toy. I made the dog owner refinish the cheek block.
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#2059666 - 04/05/13 08:30 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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A customer excused herself to go pick up kids at school saying that she would be right back. 'Happens frequently with young families, so I didn't think anything of it and kept struggling with a "Haddit and How" type upright. In the course of fighting with some uncooperative treble unisons, three things happened in perfectly timed succession. I got the feeling I wasn't alone. I turned to see a very large English Sheep dog nearly at my elbow, and the dog voiced a friendly greeting at an amazing volume. 'Nearly jumped out of my skin!
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#2059715 - 04/05/13 09:37 AM Re: Why do dogs just LOVE piano tuners? [Re: David Jenson]
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A number of years ago I shared my home with Sam. She was a big, lovable, lab whose favorite spot was under my piano. She had an interesting routine when the tuner arrived. She would go under the piano and sit, rather than lay down, and stare at the legs of the tuner. This would go on through the entire "Tuner Toccata" and she would occasionally lift her paw and make a little vocalization. She was very sensitive to perfect unisons. At the end of the tuning, when the tuner would play a bit, she would plop down to her usual relaxed, doggie blob.

After the tuner left, she would nudge me back to the piano to get me to play. She preferred Brahms to Boogie Woogie.
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