Fame academy for pets

Posted on January 15, 2006 

Fame academy for pets

A fame academy for pets has been set up in Germany where talented animals get the chance to sing, dance and play musical instruments.

Teacher Viviane Theby, 39, from the Wittlich Fame Academy, has already taught a chicken to play the xylophone and a cat to play the piano.

Theby, who also teaches the animals to dance at the Scheuerhof Animal Academy, said: “I use the same principles as other animal trainers.

“If the pet hits the right note it gets a reward. Animals repeat what they are rewarded for.”

Her success stories include Katie the hen who learnt to play the xylophone.

“If she hits the right note with her beak she gets some chicken feed,” she said, adding fellow chicken student Gackeline had already learnt the first few bars of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

The music teacher has also taught cat Fuchs how to play the piano. She said: “He’s even given concerts and we have sold some of his CDs. Occasionally we play a duet together.”

And her dog Bellos has been taught how to dance. “It took me six months, but I eventually taught him a set routine and now we do the ‘dog-dance’ together,” she said.

Theby added that teaching animals to play instruments and dance was simply another form of communication between pet and owner.

“Animals do not automatically respond to our words, this is another form of communicating with each other.”

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from Ananova

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