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    Default Clever Dogs

    I am constantly surprised at how clever dogs can be.

    My example today is Geoff and the Kongs. Geoff gets his dinner stuffed in 3 kongs. This stops him from inhaling his meal in 3 seconds flat. It takes him a bit longer to wheedle it all out from a Kong. When my kids bring the kongs in to get his dinner ready, they throw them on the ground and any remnants jump out.

    Last night I watched Geoff take each kong from his dinner dish, take it over to our pool area and drop it off a 1m high retaining wall onto the tiles below, so it bounced. He then sauntered down the stairs and ate all the dinner that had jumped out, without all the bother of trying to dig it out himself. He repeated it twice more so it was all premeditated. We haven't taught him this, he worked it out watching the boys.

    What has your dog worked out by itself?

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    I put my dog's dry dog food in a squirrel dude, which is like a Kong only stronger and it has little rubber "teeth" that stop the kibble falling out by itself.

    My dog has learned just how much effort is required to toss the dude to get it to crap kibble out its bum, so she can eat it. And she has gotten extremely creative about getting kibble that bounces under chairs. She's quite good at getting it herself, or calling me to come and help.

    She has also learned a few bad things...

    * Poking people in the bum will get attention, and sometimes a game of chase or even a TREAT!!!!

    * Headbutting a hand that has a treat in it... will get the treat faster.

    * good things live in pockets and it's possible to steal stuff out of pockets and get away with it, argh.

    * Dog fetches ugg boot and "rroo rooo"s for permission to eat it, and if I'm not paying attention... she eats it. Ie she's worked out that "no news is good news".

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    LOL....Love thinking dogs, very clever mimicry

    My dogs do that with self-collected duck eggs. they are really tough and they drop them on concrete.
    I cannot remember which dog did it first, but each new dog has been taught by a previous, seeing we always have about three to four dogs. katy is the newest pupil
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    What a clever dog!

    My Johnny can sniff out his food in a second - I do treat drops around the yard and he sniffs them out in minutes. He got too clever with his Kong so I got him an ever lasting treat ball. It has a treat plug on it and treats inside. Lasts longer but the only down side was that it was pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    LOL....Love thinking dogs, very clever mimicry

    My dogs do that with self-collected duck eggs. they are really tough and they drop them on concrete.
    I cannot remember which dog did it first, but each new dog has been taught by a previous, seeing we always have about three to four dogs. katy is the newest pupil
    We joke that our TM's guard the chooks because they know who lays those eggs that they pinch, lol...
    Bubba can not open his so will give it to Pearl to drop & then cash her off it.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    I've "hidden" a tennis ball in the bottom drawer of my desk. I wait until she has gone out of the room, then open the desk drawer. She rushes in, takes the ball, thinking that I'm not watching, and takes off with it. We play a few games of fetchball, then I put it back in the drawer again - until next time. She loves the game.

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