Keyboard (Japanese: 電子ピアノ Denji piano) is a Music item that appears in Nintendogs and Nintendogs + Cats.

In both games it appears to be a percussive instrument with a silver casing. In the original DS game, it features a single octave of keys while the Nintendogs + Cats edition holds two octaves.

In-Game Description

  • Nintendogs: "This electric piano boasts impressive functionality for those who enjoy music."
  • Nintendogs + Cats:
    NTSC: "This impressive electric piano makes playing music fun."
    PAL: "This multifunctional electric piano makes playing music fun."


The Keyboard is an electronic piano which can alternate between instruments or pitch. The player can use it to play their own songs, though it will only play one key at a time. In Nintendogs + Cats, the piano features tunes that can be played along with if selected at the top.

Once the Keyboard is in use, it will take up the player's Touch Screen. Tapping the piano keys on the Touch Screen will not only play notes but encourage the player's pet(s) to bark/meow along to the key that is being played.

Pressing one of the buttons picturing instruments will change the sound of the Keyboard's notes to resemble the same notes when played from another instrument.

In Nintendogs

Instrument buttons

  • Piano
  • Xylophone
  • Ukulele
  • Trumpet
  • Percussion

In Nintendogs + Cats

If the player presses one of the six square buttons at the top, a tune will begin playing and the keys that are being played will light up. If the player successfully plays along with the tune (though he/she may not be required to play the entire thing on more difficult songs), then the player's puppy/puppies will congratulate them with a howl/meow.

Instrument buttons

  • Piano
  • Drum
  • Violin
  • Dog barking
  • Cat meowing

Tune buttons

  • Bell: A tune that is usually played hourly by grandfather clocks.
  • Music note: The first eight notes of Nintendogs theme played by a xylophone.
  • Cake: The "Happy Birthday" theme.
  • Star: A slower version of the invincibility theme from Super Mario Bros. games, when the player catches an invincibility star. This one will go on constant loop until the player taps the button again.
  • Mushroom: A slow version of the 1-Up jingle in Super Mario Bros.
  • Mario: The Super Mario Bros. theme. This is the same as the background music played in the Mario House style, except slowed. This one will go on constant loop until the button is tapped again.

How to Obtain

It is obtained from the Discount Store in Nintendogs, while it can be exchanged for certain materials at the Secondhand Shop in Nintendogs + Cats.


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