Complete Guide

The Complete Guide

Teaching your pet and using the piano.

The Complete Guide

Teaching your pet and using the piano.

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the Pet Piano and provide you with some insight into how it works. Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to get you started. 


How to Play

Training FAQ
What kind of treats can I use?

The piano works with a wide range of kibble and freeze-dried food. Generally, the pieces shouldn't be larger than 1 square cm. We recommend using treats that they like the most at first and then slowly incorporating healthier treats into the piano over time.

What if my pet won't step on the piano keys?

The cup method is a great method for pets that are tall enough to reach the top of the piano without standing on the keys. If the cup method doesn't work then we recommend simply modeling the key pressing which will typically take longer but is also effective.

How long does it typically take pets to learn?

We've seen pets successfully learn the piano in as little as a few hours to as much as a few months. Typically pets who use the piano as their primary source of food will learn much faster than pets who only use it occasionally.

Will the piano work with multiple pets?

While multiple pets can learn at the same time, we recommend isolating single pets while learning to help remove distractions and allow them to focus on the cause and effect functionality of the piano.

Can I limit the time of day they can play?

While the piano can be scheduled to turn off, during the initial training process we recommend covering the piano with a blanket as to avoid any frustration or confusion when your pet tries to play a piano that isn't on. After your pet has successfully learned to play, you can ditch the blanket and use the app to schedule meal times. The volume on the piano can also be adjusted if you prefer that your pet is able to play but don't want the piano to make noise.

Step 1: Priming Your Pet for the Piano

1. Mealtime Magic: Start piano training when your pet usually eats. This way, they'll be eager for treats and more engaged..

2. Familiar Spot: Place the piano where your pet normally eats so that your pet can approach the piano on their own. This will help them connect the piano with food.

3. Shy Pet Intro: Put their regular meal under the piano to make it more inviting. Let your pet sniff and explore the piano on their own terms without any training for a few days.

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Pro Tip: If you have other pets or kids, let them check out the piano while it's off. This way, they won't be too curious later.



Step 2: Introducing Piano and Treats

1. Quiet Time: Turn on the piano in a peaceful setting. Too much noise might distract your furry friend.

2. Show: Press a piano key to dispense a treat while your pet watches. It's all about making that connection between pressing keys and treats dispensing.

3. Patience Pays Off: Keep repeating this, showing your pet that piano sounds mean treats. Watch their eye contact to make sure they're able to see what you're doing. Some pets catch on quickly, others might take a little longer.

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Pro Tip: Pets that eat exclusively from the piano during the training phase will typically learn much faster than those that only use it occasionally.


Step 3: Encourage Learning Through Shaping

1. Treat on the Keys: Put a treat on top of the piano to encourage your pet to step up on the keys. 

2. Mix it Up: If your pet's not interested in stepping on the piano, make sure you're using treats that your pet likes. The treats can also be placed on top of the piano keys or in a clear cup attached to the piano keys. 

3. Right Spot: If your pet tends to approach the keys from the side or behind the piano, try moving the piano against a wall so that they can only approach the piano from the front.

4. Explore and Learn: Let your pet play around with the piano. Repeat until they really get that pressing keys = treats.

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Repetition: Keep alternating between steps 2 and 3 during regular feeding times. Your pet will soon connect playing piano with getting treats. When they start playing on their own, they're ready for "Tutor Mode"!


Step 4: Continued Learning with Tutor Mode

1. Make sure they're ready: After your pet has learned to play single notes (14+ days of consistent playing recommended), it's time to introduce the brilliance of the Pet Piano's adaptive Tutor Mode.

2. Turn on Tutor Mode: Tutor Mode employs an algorithm to adjust the number of notes required for a treat to be dispensed. Tutor mode can be turned on or off using the app or by holding the bottom and top white keys for 5 seconds. 


Customize Your Piano
Tutor Mode

Tutor Mode employs an algorithm to automatically adjust the number of notes required for a treat to be dispensed. The aim of Tutor Mode is to keep your pet learning to play more notes at their own pace.

Portion Control

If your pet has a tendency to overeat, portion control will limit the number of portions that can be dispensed in a day. Once this limit is reached, the piano will stop dispensing food and playing music as to avoid confusing your pet with a piano that plays music but no longer dispenses treats.

Concert Mode

Set specific times for piano play with Concert Mode. The piano will only play music and dispense treats for 30 minute intervals at the times scheduled in the app. When concert mode meal times are enabled, the piano will play a note on it's own and dispense a treat as a signal to your pet that it's ready for play. This is an advanced mode recommended for pets who have already mastered the piano for an extended period of time.

AutoFeeder Mode

Busy day? Schedule automatic treat dispensing in the app. You decide how many treats your pet gets, even when they're not playing.

Melody Assist

With Melody Assist, the notes will be autotuned to play songs from a library of songs stored in the piano. A new song will be selected at random every time your pet plays.



Customize Your Piano Manually

If you'd rather not use the app, there are a number of features you can control using the piano.


Tutor Mode

Turn Tutor Mode on or off by holding down the most bottom and most top black notes for 5 seconds.

Melody Assist

Turn Tutor Melody Assist on or off by holding down the most bottom and most top white notes for 5 seconds.