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Can dogs feel the current in a guitar cable?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Phlipper, Feb 24, 2018.


  1. Phlipper

    Phlipper

    Feb 5, 2013
    Fayetteville, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Old SS Peavey Lead Sleds and Peavey tube amps
    My wife and I have always been curious. Ever since she and I got together her English Mastiff stops whatever she's doing to come lie on the cable when I play. She does it when the wife plays. Even on a brand new cable with none of our scent on it. 20180224_132751.
    We always joked that she was a musician in a previous life. But our pound rescued pitbull is now doing it also. And I mean it is every time someone plays. And the Mastiff will lie there for an hour. As long as I'm playing she'll lie across it and only get up when I stop. The pit will even put his nose down on it and sniff along it where he's lying on it.

    Was just curious.
     
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  2. tubedude

    tubedude Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2015
    Ga
    Unlikely, the current being so small. Try covertly unplugging the cable and see if there is a reaction.
     
  3. Phlipper

    Phlipper

    Feb 5, 2013
    Fayetteville, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Old SS Peavey Lead Sleds and Peavey tube amps
    Hadn't thought of that. I have noticed she will stay on it for a few minutes after I stop.

    It's the weirdest thing. She will lie outside the spare room and pout if I'm playing with the door closed. I let her in ... straight to the cable to lay on it. Lol
     
  4. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    Wow, pretty cool. Maybe the electromagnetic flow or a subtle vibration?

    Just don’t let them start pawing the knobs to adjust the mids and lows
     
  5. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    They might think it's a leash. My dog wants to have the leash on or around because it means good times.
     
  6. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    More pics of the Pit, please??

    Here's mine.....

    lucas 1.

    lucas.
     
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  7. There may be something to this because my dog always lays on my cable as well. I've always wondered why.
     
  8. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    Hardest working dog in Showbiz
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  9. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    I had a Lab puppy that once chewed the end of a new Monster instrument cable...the end laying on the floor.
    I just thanked God she didn't do the AC cord.
     
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  10. Phlipper

    Phlipper

    Feb 5, 2013
    Fayetteville, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Old SS Peavey Lead Sleds and Peavey tube amps
    Lol. Love the pup pics.

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  11. if you've got two powerful pickups in series you'll generate about 500 milliVolts.
    The input of your amp is probably 1 MegOhm impedance.
    E/R = I
    where:
    E = Volts
    R = Ohms
    I = Amps (current)

    0.5/1,000,000 = 0.0000005 Amps or 500 nanoAmps
    that's a tiny tiny amount of current
     
  12. Phlipper

    Phlipper

    Feb 5, 2013
    Fayetteville, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Old SS Peavey Lead Sleds and Peavey tube amps
    Hi Lemmy!

    I think the problem is that the dogs csn't do math. :laugh:
     
  13. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Ohm's Law? Really...?
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    :)
     
  14. tubedude

    tubedude Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2015
    Ga
    They both look so sad. You need to take them to the park.
     
  15. That calculation was for max power, if you were really jamming out hard.
    So for just regular single-note playing, the current would be much smaller & would of course cease when you weren't playing.

    Did you try unplugging discreetly to see if they feel the difference & get up?

    or maybe they get up when the amp stops making noise...
     
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  16. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Pennsylvania
    Some animals enjoy lying on surfaces that we find uncomfortable. I have a cat who likes to sleep on my amp when a cable is draped over it. I also have an old photo of him napping on a bag full of drum hardware. At the moment he's relaxing on the armrest of my recliner, watching TV with me.
     
  17. Phlipper

    Phlipper

    Feb 5, 2013
    Fayetteville, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Old SS Peavey Lead Sleds and Peavey tube amps
    I've done that a few times. Back when I used to drink.
     
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  18. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    :) think of it as Homeopathy ;)
     
  19. That might work if you wrapped the cord around you multiple times like a cocoon & then played really loudly, LOL!
     
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  20. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Cincinnati
    My mastiffs will come running downstairs when I'm playing too. You would think they wouldn't like loud noise, but I dunno. God, I love these dogs though. What fantastic, loving animals!
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