When we got Floyd about a year ago, everyone said "Ohhh, you've made a bad choice of breed. Dalmatians are DUMB you know". Yeah right!
Well, Floyd has now learned, (sorry, taught himself) how to:
** Open our sock drawer and steal our socks ** Open the kitchen cupboards and steal our beer coolers ** When he hears the fridge door open, he runs over and just as you turn away and close the door, he sticks his nose in it to stop it from closing properly, then walks away so we don't know it is slightly open, and when you leave the room quickly goes back in and tries to eat stuff ** Picks up tea cups, glasses, knives, forks, anything out of the sink with his mouth and gently places them on the ground so he can lick them (never broken one yet)
What else can he figure out?? Next thing we'll come home and he'll be standing up at the sink with an apron on doing the dishes!
Ahhhh....having children is going to be a breeze after this!
That does make your dog smart. I don't think that those are behaviors that I would be very proud of though. While he may be smart, at this point he is being smarter than you because you are allowing him to do these things! hmmm...
I have one of those fridges with the built in icemakers/dispensers on the door....well my female Boxer (another 'dumb' breed), has taught herself to push the lever that makes the ice cubes drop so she can help herself to an icecube when she wants.... We DO discourage her from getting into the cupboards though...
My boyfriend and I are very relaxed people....we're not stressed about it. We want a companion, not a trained robot. My dog has so much personality and he gives us great enjoyment and many many laughs.
Smooshie....my last dog was a Boxer....looks like I am good at picking the "dumb" breeds!
I think it's cute...but we don't encourage the fridge thing at all...or Floyd getting into the kitchen cupboards...but it's not the end of the world if he gets in there. He never really makes a mess....we just walk in and see him gently taking stuff out and placing it on the floor!!
Frosty, Link gets in the freezer? Now that's weird. You should take a photo.
How funny, Boxer Babe. Floyd sounds like a highly entertaining dog. I love dogs that can figure things out for themselves, even if their smarts create inconveniences for me.
The kennel where I live and work is currently fostering a dal mix. I think the dog is smarter than I am. The kennel has a large front room where customers drop off their dogs (and where the dogs play when we don't have any customers) and a number of rooms around the perimeter of the front room, including a grooming room. The grooming room has a metal baby gate that locks and wooden half door, which also locks, on top. The room contains an elevated tub and, of course, towels.
We lock some of the dogs in the grooming room when customers come to the door, and at night, we clean the room and lock the dogs out of it so that we will have one less room to clean in the morning.
Well, after taking in the dal, when I would open in the morning, I starting finding towels on the floor of the grooming room. And during the day, if I put dogs in the grooming room and then went to take care of something in another part of the building, I would see a flash of black and white when I went past the window to the main room, or at least I thought I saw a flash of black and white.
But when I checked on the dogs, they were always exactly where I had put them. I thought I perhaps needed to start believing in poltergeists.
One day when I put a JRT in the grooming room, I turned around to discover the dog standing right behind me. So, I put her back in the room and watched her go through an opening by the catch basin of the tub and come out on the other side of a wall.
The dal had created a tunnel in the wall so that she could pull down the towels and sleep on them at night and escape from captivity during the day. She had been smart enough to dig under the cover of the tub so that nobody would see her digging. And she had been smart enough to wait for the people to leave the room before escaping and to return to her original spot whenever she heard someone coming. She didn't get busted until another dog was dumb enough to escape right in front of me.
I'm sorry this post is so long, but I just love telling this story. If I could afford to adopt another dog, I'd take her in a heartbeat.
all mine do is hide stuff. all over. i moved the sofs last nite to vaccuum and found, at least, 15 chewies of different variety. and here i thought they were actually chewing them! turns out they will put them under the edge of the sofa to keep each other from getting them, adn then end up pusjing them further under when they try to get them out.
snowball will hide bones; i founf 3 in the closet last time i cleaned it out. and if you are cleaning an area where she has hid things, she will watch you and evil eye you to make sure you dont touch it.