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Your Pet Does What?!
What Amazing Feats Can Your Critters Perform?

 6:51 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have three cats. By far the most talented is my one year old calico-tabby named Lucy.

I taught my cat to high-five me with her forehead... on command.

We are both very proud. :)



 6:57 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have two Siamese cats. One's a seal point. The other's a chocolate point. The seal point is nice but I took her from an abusive home so she's harder to work with. The chocolate point I got as a kitten. We are very close. She loves to lick me all over. Sometimes she gets a little too aggressive and hurts me. It took me several months but I finally taught her to slack off when I say "gentle". Details upon request.


 7:08 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Spud - Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Can mash a football in five minutes. Turns logs into kindling. Does a good shoe shine but we try to discourage that.


 7:13 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

That's some pretty amazing cats! My childhood cats now seem really boring...

We have a 15 month old labrador / boxer puppy. At this very moment she's 'helping' Nick have a bath. This consists of licking all excess water off Nicks arms whilst wagging her tail proudly.


 7:32 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm owned by four Norwegian Forest Cats. They taught me to do alot of things. ;)


 8:31 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

My 57 kg rottweiller used to do a balancing act... he could balance with all four of his feet in about an eight inch square space in a sort of crouching position.

Quite a feat for a dog that size. He knew it too- he never looked quite so happy and contented as when he was in that position.

Of course.. he would insist on doing with his front two feet on your left thigh and his back two feet on your right thigh.

Ok.. so it wasn't really a trick. We could just never convince him he was too big to be a lap dog.


 9:34 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I learned by accident that one of my dogs can chew open a steel can of dog food without damaging his teeth or gums.


 9:36 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

My African Grey, Blackjack, will cough and then say, quite adamantly, "No smoking!" She learned it from a talking key chain. We played it for her for months, but to no avail. Then, all of the sudden, on my birthday, she started saying it. One of my best birthday gifts ever. She also makes TiVo sounds - recording, fast forwarding, etc. This, she was not taught. :)

Our Anatolian Shepherd can crack a hazelnut in half...and just eat the nut. It's even a more impressive trick when you realize that this same dog has messily eaten a big chunk of a brand new floor, an arm of a couch, window screens, shoes and his crate mat. One of his most fascinating feats was taking the yellow pages out into the back yard (this is one big heavy book) and ripping out all of the pages on a very windy day. Our neighbors for blocks must've been thrilled.


 9:55 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

One of our chihuahuas stole a spoon from a bowl placed on the floor. We still haven't found it (the spoon that is). If he was black and white I'd rename him Magpie.


 10:54 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Can anyone's cat act [images3.fotki.com]?


 11:02 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I can put a treat on my dog's nose (Golden Retriever / Lab Cross), then she'll toss it up into the air and catch it. And because she used to go out with me everywhere in jeep, she knows that if I put lip balm on, it means we are hanging out at home. Yet the moment I'd put lipstick on, she'd start jumping up and down, all excited because we were going somewhere. I've actually proven this to people, because I'd tell this story and no one would believe me!

She also knows exactly which coffee shops and drive throughs give out dog treats :)


 11:08 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

hehe.. Jenstar, i believe ya.

My rotty used to be the same with shoes.

Deejay: *puts on heeled shoes*
Caine: "humph.. she's goin to work without me again"

Deejay: *puts on sneakers*
Caine: "ohboyohboyohboywherewegoincanibringatennisball?!"

Deejay: *puts on jandals (flip-flops)*
Caine: "hangin out at home, huh? Can I have a biscuit?"


 11:15 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

UK'ers will remember "That's Life" - a popular culture show of the 80's. They featured "talented" pets quite often.

This one time, they featured a dog that could do maths. His owner would hold up 2 cards (and shout the numbers out) and then the dog would add them up and woof n times to indicate the answer. The owner would then shout "Well Done!".

Looked very impressive; but infact all the guy had trained the dog to do was woof until he said "Well Done!".. :)


 11:18 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Oh yeah, I forgot - our German Shepherd goes nuts when we come downstairs wearing bathing suits and towels. She goes happily nuts if you squirt her with the hose and she knows that only happens if we go to the pool. We actually had to stop doing it because she would continue to bark like a nut the whole time we were in the pool. Apparently we were supposed to squirt her indefinitely. Now, she still gets excited about the bathing suits, but she no longer barks non-stop while we're in the pool.

In order to use our hose in peace, we have to lock her in the laundry room.


 11:21 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

There was an amazing dog on Oprah sometime in the last month or two. It was the smartest dog I'd ever seen. Oh yeah, his name was Skidboot. I just found his website - natch, www.skidboot.com


 11:26 pm on Sep 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

yeah, skidboot got famous after winning Animal Planet's "PET STAR" talent show... so you all can take your multi-gifted pets & sign up!

he is an incredible act though.

my 130 lb rottweiler has an amazing ability to sleep 16hrs or more per day... and eat, a lot.
"high 5" is his best trick. it's sad, really.


 3:50 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have two ducks. A boy and a girl. It gets cold where I live so they sleep in a pen in the house at night. In the morning they wake me up to go outside. When it gets dark, the boy gets up on the porch and waits by the door. If I open it, he waits until I pick up the girl (she's got a bad leg, can't get up the steps) to take her inside before he will go in. Just stands there and waits until the girl is safely indoors before he waddles his way to the pen.


 4:00 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Just stands there and waits until the girl is safely indoors before he waddles his way to the pen.

That's one nice duck you got there.


 4:04 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Apollo - blue and gold Macaw - opens the dual locks on his cage. They are combo locks that require that the barrel of the slide latch be rotated 180 degrees - from down position to up position - so the catch on the shaft will ride above the slide/barrel stop AND THEN the slide must also be pulled about 1 1/2 inches to pass another vertical stop.

Now, since there's a top and bottom sliding lock he has to know that both must be released or the door won't open.

Then, when he's opened both latches he does a little kick out maneuver to open the large metal door, grabbing the flat ceiling grid of his LARGE cage with his beak and kicking out the door with one claw while holding onto it with the other claw.

All in about 20 seconds when he's motivated.

Scary.....who ever said "bird brain"? Raptor brain.

Next, we teach him (he teaches himself?) to make popcorn in the microware and serve martinis with a twist.


 6:37 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Our beloved (ahem) dog, Aussie sheperd/bordercollie cross who we rescued from the pound has proven to be a bit of a lunatic. He knows a few standard tricks can do a high five with right paw if prompted with a piece of bacon.
The best ones yet, my 2 teens were arguing and one told the other to drop dead, and of course the dog dropped dead, stiller than a corpse.
The toddler started crying she thought it was real.
The dog would not move until I said well it looks like he's still alive. He jumped up and gave me a kiss.
So we tried it again "drop dead" fell down faster than a sack of spuds and still alive is the code word for him to get up, so I found out.
If you give him a milkbone outside he has to run around the house exactly 3 times before he will lay down and eat it, any treat you give him he does this.
He's just as nuts as the rest of the clan here and fits in well. :-)


 7:06 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

I taught my cat to high-five me with her forehead... on command.

One of my (9) cats will high-five me with her paw. She just figured it out over time. I just have to wave my palm near her and she will do it if she is in the mood.

Does this count - one of my cats will drink from the water faucet after I wash my hands, and they all follow me like a line of ducks when I go to check the mailbox. Too cute.


 7:09 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Over the years I have studied both Humans and Dogs......I have no doubt that dogs have us beat hook, line and sinker!


A proud Cocker Spaniel chump :)

creative craig

 8:01 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

I dont have any pets :(

But my girlfriend's family has 3 cats, 3 dogs, 15 parrots, 1 pig, 3 budgies, fish, hamster, 2 rabbits... dont think that I have left any out.

4 of the parrots talk and the rest of the animals just make a bloody noise :)


 1:57 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

My sister's cat Roon... well, the cat who owns my sister (really he's my parents' cat, and is quite bereft now that my sister's away at college)... has taught us quite a lot of tricks. He's learned how to communicate with humans using body language.
He'll chase his tail to get your attention, and then will ask for what he wants-- stand by the door, stand by his food dish.
He's got us so trained that we don't even notice we're obeying his requests anymore-- suddenly we just think we ought to open a door, for no particular reason...

My sister and he have whole routines they go through. She taught him when she was very small and he was a baby to play peek-a-boo. She'll get down behind the arm of a chair and will pop up and say "boo" at him, then duck down, and pop up in a new place and say "boo" again. Now whenever she says "boo" to him, he twitches his whiskers and his tail and does a little squeaky meow-- even if he's asleep when she says it.
The game used to end when he got too excited and pounced on her face. He's eased up with that. Thankfully.

He also loves to ride around on people's shoulders like a parrot. You can see *everything* from five feet in the air...


 2:38 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

My family had a 3 legged dog that used to go to bathroom while walking around on her front two legs only holding her rear in the air. talent!

she also had a knack for winning all of our family final four and super bowl pools - one bark for team 1, two barks for team 2.


 2:48 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Gotta Bengal cat her favourite trick is decapitating wood pigeons, one quick slash and they’re history.


 2:51 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

A tale a bit off topic
My gran had a Pekinese [images.google.com] called Smudger. Me and this little dog didn't get on too well - by the age of seven I had been to the hospital twice for injections for tetanus - one of those was applied to a row of teeth marks along the length of either side of my nose! Needless to say me and the pooch didn't see eye to eye. So over the years we did regular battle and as I grew bigger the the dog grew more and more aggressive (note: I was not the only target of the beasts attitude problem) this I could handle - the odd pair of trousers sucummbed to rips around the ankle and wrestling matches between him, me and my parker jacket were frequent.

It was when smudger began to age that I began to take a smug pleasure in his senior moments. He had become a little more senile - the fur of his coat attracting all manner of vegetable matter not least a six foot branch of holly and a brillo pad on one occasion. Then he began to limp - which for smudger bacame an issue because it forced him to walk in small anti-clockwise circles, this of course made me chuckle, but things began to get worse - he would get this paw caught in his food bowl which in turn would ciculate around the kitchen floor with him, brillo pads and branches in tow.

This was, at first, hilarious - the evil little thing had his just deserves!..

...but slowly my smugness was replaced with a sombre realisation that my old foe was not the vicious little swine he once was. :( I began to miss the battles, the yapping had ceased and eventually the poor blighter passed away.

To Smudger, You didn't do tricks - You bit me alot, cost me a minor fortune in clothing and made an excellent mop but I loved you anyway.


Don't know if there is a moral to the tale - but hey, if I could do battle with him again it'd be great. :)


 3:17 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

We have a cat that plays fetch...and we didn't even teach him to do it, he just does it.

We have another cat that will turn off the alarm clock for you. Yes, that has made me late to work a few times. He also knows how to turn on the bedside lamp if he wants your attention in the middle of the night.


 4:40 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

I grew up with a dog that used to open pea pods and eat the peas.

We also had a cat that learned to pee in the toilet. It really freaked my Mom out the first time she heard it. She thought she was alone in the house, when she heard peeing from one of the bathrooms!

We now have a Siamese that snake-bites my hubby. He also proudly carries things around, hunting down chunks of plastic and bringing them in like dead mice.

While in the Peace Corps, I had a bird who called the cat, meowed, and sneezed with his whole body, rearing back "ahhh" throwing head forward "choo". Based on me sneezing at the sun. Anyone with birds knows that birds don't really sneeze like humans!


 3:30 pm on Oct 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

My dog, english springer spanial eats black berries from the vine. She is pretty particular and will wiggle her lips around the ripe berries in a bunch keeping the green ones out.

..... Shane

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