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flora 
Posted: 23-Sep-2008, 10:22 AM
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I have two dogs. They are mixed breed, one is labrador-german short hair pointer and the other is rotweiler-german shepherd.

We were recently broken into and robbed so I was able to convince my husband to allow the huge dogs to stay in the house. And since I was layed off from my job since March I am at home more.

Stating all that so I can explain why I have never noticed this before. My dogs have watched my daily behavior and know that when I am ready to go outside to work in the yard or garden that I always heat up a cup of coffee in the microwave. Whenever the beep on the microwave goes off, they pop up and wait at the door ready to go out. It makes you think about your behavior that you do daily.

Does any one else have similar experiences?

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Posted: 23-Sep-2008, 05:07 PM
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OMG, dogs are GREAT students of human behavior and many of the things we do cue their behaviors.

Most of my dogs live outside (I have 10 adults and 3 puppies). They know that when I turn on the outside lights without walking out onto the porch it means I'm getting ready to feed or water them. When I start my car they ignore me, but when I start the truck to warm up the whole yard "goes off" in a roar of excitement, because they know that means I'm planning to take them somewhere, most likely to do something really fun like a training run or visit to their buddies at their respective boarding kennels.

Most of my dogs rotate through the house, taking turns as "house dogs" and most of the adults have figured out that when I start undressing it is bed time, and most will trot down to the bedroom and "kennel up" in their airline crates or on my bed without a single word on my part. All of them watch my hands. If I leave the house carrying a white bucket the puppies get all excited while the adults sigh and settle in - they know I'm bringing food for the little guys, but not the adults.

Even the weight in the sled cues different behaviors. When the sled is relatively lightly loaded they seem to know it will be a fairly short run (two hours or less) so they all but run amok, maintaining a very fast pace for the first two or three miles. When the sled is more heavily loaded they seem to know it will be a longer run, maybe even a camping trip. They'll dash out of the yard as they always do but slow to their working trot within the first few minutes, usually after only a quarter to a half mile. It's not a huge weight difference, either. No more than 20 lb or so.

I think they even look at the clothing I'm wearing. If I come out to do chores relatively lightly dressed they don't pay a lot of attention, but if I come out wearing my heavier gear they get all excited, knowing that it means we'll be going out for a run.

The ability of dog's to read subtle differences in human body language has been well studied and is well documented. Dog's know things, and much of what they know is because they study humans so closely.

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Posted: 23-Sep-2008, 05:18 PM
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Oh if we could only hear their thoughts.

That should be a new t.v. show. Humans as seen through the eyes of your pets. Scary!!!!

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Posted: 23-Sep-2008, 07:29 PM
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We have a dog, Bailey, and a cat , Spike. Sometimes the look on their faces tell you what they are thinking. rolleyes.gif


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Posted: 23-Sep-2008, 09:38 PM
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My dog always gives himself away when he does something wrong. He runs to the coat closet at the front door and since he can not get completely inside he figures if he can not see me, I can not see him. Today he ate a package of croissants while I was gone and he has terrible gas. It will be a long night!

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Posted: 24-Sep-2008, 08:46 AM
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It's amazing that they think they can be invisible.
When I come home and I am not greeted at the door, I know something has been destroyed. Bailey has a fascination for anything that has stuffing in it. With every stuffed animal or the decorative pillows on the bed, Bailey gets a look of pure bliss on her face as she tears out the stuffing bit by bit.
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Posted: 29-Jan-2009, 01:51 PM
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I read that dogs pick up on what we are doing easily, and when we are about to leave is no execption! The thing I was reading said to go through the motions of leaving, shoes, coat ect... but dont leave. Do this throughout the day to throw the dog off.....

I didnt do that! So every single time I head to the door, even so much as look at my shoes or touch my coat the dog is suddenly filled with crazy excitment!

I feel so bad when I am the only one leaving and he got all crzy just to see me exit without him :0


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Posted: 29-Jan-2009, 02:19 PM
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Delainesunshine1978,
Bailey also gets the "crazy excitement" when hubby and I go to work everyday. Sometimes I feel guilty for bringing her home when we are gone most of the time. It is just her and the 4 cats at home during the day.

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Posted: 11-Feb-2009, 03:40 PM
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I came home just a while ago in a driving rain and found a Jack Russell in my drive way. Fortunately he had a local rabies vaccination tag and I was able to get him home. My street has enough traffic that he could easily have become "road pizza!"

He knew where he lived when he got in front of his house.


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Posted: 11-Feb-2009, 05:50 PM
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Everyone was talking about how their mother used to correct them in another forum and I believe Camac said his mother used a wooden spoon. I thought I was the only mom that did that! When I even just pick up the wooden spoon to show my grandson that I mean business, my dogs tuck tail and head knowing someone is in trouble.

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Posted: 11-Feb-2009, 08:17 PM
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Val,
I am sorry I didnt realize you made a comment here before! At least your dogs have the cats even if they dont play!

And Flora, your comment made me laugh!!!!!!!
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QUOTE (flora @ 11-Feb-2009, 04:50 PM)
Everyone was talking about how their mother used to correct them in another forum and I believe Camac said his mother used a wooden spoon. I thought I was the only mom that did that! When I even just pick up the wooden spoon to show my grandson that I mean business, my dogs tuck tail and head knowing someone is in trouble.

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With all of the old dogs we used to have it was the flyswatter. Pick it up to kill a fly and dogs disappeared. biggrin.gif

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My dogs run when I pick up the spray bottle that I use for the birds. Occassionally, I have used it to get the dogs to stop doing something. I have attached a link to my Flickr site for pics of my critters.


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Posted: 18-Feb-2009, 08:33 PM
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THE SPRAY BOTTLE! Pleasant thoughts Faerydreamer. wink.gif When we pick up the spray bottle, our pomeranian rears her head back and looks in utter terror. We have used it rarely to stop those times of incessant barking. She is much better behaved and just picking up the spray bottle brings her into "quiet" compliance.
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