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What kinds of cues have you accidentally taught your four-feets?

I have a habit of closing my tablet cover with a crisp snap when I've stopped reading and and am about to stand up. Therefore, the sound of a computer lid shutting will cause the critters to come running in hopes of a walk. They look so reproachful when I'm just going to the bathroom.
 

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Love this idea! Filling the water bottle means the dogs are going somewhere and pandemonium ensues. Sometimes I ‘sneak fill’ the bottle extra quiet so I don’t have to deal with excited dogs while I finish packing their gear.
 

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Probably similar to the snapping laptop, if I slide the ottoman out away from the couch to stand up, Peggy shoots up: "Okay, what's next???" My last dog was the same way.

I love accidental cues, even when they're annoying, because they remind me how easily our dogs actually learn when we're consistent.
 

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Love this idea! Filling the water bottle means the dogs are going somewhere and pandemonium ensues. Sometimes I ‘sneak fill’ the bottle extra quiet so I don’t have to deal with excited dogs while I finish packing their gear.
Lol. I had the same pandemonium issue when Snarky was still alive. I'm not a morning person. Therefore, if I'm out of bed early on a weekend, it's because I've made plans to go out. Snarky twigged to this correlation almost immediately. He would race around getting Pogo and the cats all revved up too. Thankfully Pogo is not a morning dog. Without his brother to wake him up, he now stays in bed until someone informs him his presence is required.
 

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I like to be comfortable when I go for a walk, so I always go to the bathroom before I leave the house. As a result, I once had a GSP who would flip out any time I went to the bathroom. My other dogs have always equated socks and shoes with the big event.
 

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What kinds of cues have you accidentally taught your four-feets?

I have a habit of closing my tablet cover with a crisp snap when I've stopped reading and and am about to stand up. Therefore, the sound of a computer lid shutting will cause the critters to come running in hopes of a walk. They look so reproachful when I'm just going to the bathroom.
Oh yes. If I brush my hair, my girl thinks we are going outside. She comes running and will follow me around, even if she just went out an hour before. Sometimes I am just getting ready to leave the house.
 

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My dog Charlie always gets very excited when I dry my hair. If I’m not going anywhere, I air dry it, so the hairdryer almost always means a ride in the car.
 

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If Buck sees me with a leash in the morning, he knows he’s either going to the groomers or the vets and tries to become invisible. He knows the difference between my regular shoes and clothes and leaving the house clothes. He is not a fan of my suitcase. I have to leave it out of his reach or closed, or he will unpack it, before I’ve even left:(
 

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If Buck sees me with a leash in the morning, he knows he’s either going to the groomers or the vets and tries to become invisible. He knows the difference between my regular shoes and clothes and leaving the house clothes. He is not a fan of my suitcase. I have to leave it out of his reach or closed, or he will unpack it, before I’ve even left:(
Snarky learned to tell the difference between rubber boots and street shoes. I only wore rubber boots when going to his favorite places: the barn or a walk in the woods.
 

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I've not yet figured out how Peggy distinguishes between when I'm approaching her to pet/play/etc. and when I'm approaching her to escort her to her pen.

But she 100% knows.

I guess some cues are invisible to humans? I suspect it's something to do with our efforts to mask our intentions. That's a red flag to poodles.
 

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We have a couple.
  • OMG ! The human is putting on her socks! Walk alert! The human is putting on the SOCKS!!! (Annie even knows which drawer the socks are in). She gets pretty disappointed when I have taken off my socks in the evening, and put them back on - not for a walk - but to go do human things like grocery shopping.
  • Rattling plastic bags in the freezer - like a flash, she's in her crate, anticipating a frozen chicken wing. Also disappointed when I am just getting frozen vegetables!
-I've been practicing "stay" a lot lately when I work in the kitchen - so the moment I'm in the kitchen, she's started to "assume the position!" (lying down on her mat) and hope for snacks. I always laugh when people compliment my family's dogs on how they don't beg, while they are actively begging - they totally do beg, they've just learned successful "begging" is lying in the same room, with their head down, not looking anywhere near the food.
- Packing - she's started to recognize me packing to go away, and even though she always comes with me, is unimpressed.
 

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I've not yet figured out how Peggy distinguishes between when I'm approaching her to pet/play/etc. and when I'm approaching her to escort her to her pen.
I looked at my own toe nails once, got up and went to get a pair of nail clippers. When I came back into the room, my then dog was cowering under the end table where she would always try to hide when I was cutting her toe nails. That particular dog also taught me a bunch of different commands so that she could communicate her needs.
 

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Raffi recognizes my work clothes (scrubs) and puts himself in his kennel when I am getting ready to go to work. Same thing on Sunday mornings when we are getting ready to go to church. But he knows that if the kids are still in the house then he won't be crated.
 

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Our cairn use to equate my husband putting on his cap with going out. Now since he hasn't been well for some time she doesn't do it anymore. Plus we now can let her run free in the backyard and someday my daughter will say "Can I take Scruffy for a walk?" and there she is do the walk dance. LOL
 

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What kinds of cues have you accidentally taught your four-feets?

I have a habit of closing my tablet cover with a crisp snap when I've stopped reading and and am about to stand up. Therefore, the sound of a computer lid shutting will cause the critters to come running in hopes of a walk. They look so reproachful when I'm just going to the bathroom.
Mine does exactly the same thing. As soon as I shut my ipad he jumps away/off my lap.

Also, putting my cell phone on the kitchen table tells him I'm about to leave
 

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There are quite a few..
  • Obviouslythe sound of her collar makes her appear as if by magic.
  • The sight of the big pink (grooming) bag makes her disappear as if by magic!
  • I have a certain jacket I wear for walks so once I get that it's dancing diva!
 

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Love reading this thread. Our dogs are so smart!

One I just recognized today- I have been adding a little bit of hard boil egg to Jasper's food to get him to eat. Now every time I peel an egg, he comes running because he thinks it is for him, lol.
 

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Here's a new one: Last week my husband played a song for Peggy with the squeaky faucet in our guest bathroom, turning it off and on and off and on, just being silly.

Now every time the faucet squeaks on, Peggy sprints to the bathroom to hear the "fun faucet song."

All it took was that one time! Oh poodles.....
 

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My boy rarely barks (thank goodness.) He does bark at the mail man. If I see the letter carrier on our block, in an effort to distract Marchie from the front of the house, I will sometimes open the treat container and make him do some tricks for treats. Then, one day, I realized the jig was up when I went to the treat container and opened it, and Marchie flew to the living room window because he thought I was distracting him from the mail man! It wasn't even the right time of day, but he was suspicious I was trying to prevent him from "chasing the mail man away" with his barks. ?
 
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