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Old 06-30-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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What are your dog's eccentric rituals? I'm not talking about the relatively normal behavior of, say, going to the door when he/she wants to go outside, I'm talking about the truly weird and quirky behavior that makes him/her unique.

For example, my dog will get up and walk over to her treats whenever I begin to make my morning coffee. As soon as I have washed out the contraption (it's a stovetop) and am spooning in the grounds, she is in the kitchen, standing by her treats, waiting. Every. Single. Time.

And the weirdest thing is that it doesn't matter what time of day it is: if I wake up at 7AM and make coffee, she's there; making coffee at 11 AM, she's there. And she alwaysenters the kitchen right after I have taken the coffee from the shelf and am spooning in the grounds--not one second sooner or later.

I guess this is her way of drinking her morning coffee with me So, anyone else have a dog with an eccentric or neurotic habit?
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Artie has so many!

Here are a couple.

There's the after dinner "treat" that he does, after eating his real treats:
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He somehow knows when it's the weekend. Regardless of the day, we wake and walk the same time every morning, so how he knows that it's Saturday/Sunday, I have no idea. On Monday through Friday, I make my coffee, and take it upstairs to my office. Artie knows this. But on Saturdays and Sundays, I make my coffee, then take the newspaper to the guest room where we lie in bed together. On those days, he can't get me to make my coffee fast enough. He circles my legs (this slows me down, Fartman!) until I pour the creamer into my coffee. When he hears the snap of the Coffeemate top close, he runs into the living room, grabs a toy, runs downstairs, and waits for me on the bed. So cute!
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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hmm...well ruby is a bopper...when she wants something she hits you...no realy she walks right over and sits there and looks at you, dont pay attention and she will smack you with her paw... and then will continue doing this untill you get the point...at which point i swar she rolls her eyes.

shes also a spinner...to let you know your on the right track in getting her what she was bopping you for she spins in a circle...the faster the circle the hotter you are to the solution to the problem...

for eample shell sit on the couch and bop you...lets say for a treat. if you stand up shell turn in a circle....if you head towards the kitchen shell spin faster, if you head towards the door shell stop and look at you like...no silly human...
go to the fridge shell spin faster....get the can of food shell stop.... reach for the treats shell start again lol...
its the hot and cold game...suprisingly she doesnt seem dizzy afterwards. lol.

jasper is a dancer...
when he wants something hell stand on his back legs put his front feet together and wave them up and down to get your attention...if your getting closer to what he wants he dances faster and turns in circles...

jasper is also a talker...if ruby wont play with him hell run over and go "mamma...woo-woo (ruby) why?!" (no im not joking it realy is THAT clear) he sighs alot too lol.

such odd little dogs.

jasper also likes to play 'chase the fishies" he stands infront of my fishtank and digs at the glass, the fish being cichlids are always curious and will swim at his paws at hwich point he jumps back and they swim away, the game will go on for hours...hes facinated by the fish and the fish are facinated with him.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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i think dave can tell time..... he HATES, LOATHES AND DESPISES his harnes.... or ANYthing on his body.... when i get up in the mornings, i drink coffee, read email, take bailey out, etc. for a while....... dave takes up his position on the sofa in the family room.... as it starts getting to be about 5:50 - 6 AM, he will slip out the sliding door to the deck and back yard in an attempt to avoid me.... he knows i will be getting changed soon to take him out for his walk.... if i take bailey out again in this 10 minute time frame, he will go back to my bedroom and lie on the bed while she and i are out.... as i bring her back in the front door, he flies off the bed, down the hall and out the back door like he has been shot out of a cannon .... i have had to chase him down in the back yard to get him harnessed....

rinse and repeat in the evenings.... i usually take them out for a short walk at around 9:30 or 10 or so .... he is doing the avoid-momma-by-hiding-on-the-deck maneuver by 9 or 9:15 AT THE LATEST.....

i don't get AT ALL why he is like this.... every single time the harness goes on, he gets to go do something fun..... the first winter i had him, i got a t-shirt to put on him because i was worried about him being cold... he was so thin then.... he acted like i had just beaten him and sent him to the corner.......

take it OFF, momma.... i don't LIKE it!!
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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Tofu, any time she gets wet (bath, rain, squirt bottle...), will run around like a mad dog all around the house. She'll go crazy, barking bloody murder and running about any room she can get into.

Also, when she gets in trouble, she'll sit on her bottom and slowly inch backwards. Not to itch or anything, only when she's in trouble and we're in front of her. It's like she's slowly trying to get away without anyone noticing. It's cute, really!
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:42 PM
 
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Bandit has an internal clock that wakes him up at 2:30 a.m. every morning. Once he wakes up, he comes over to my side of the bed and shakes his collar. Since he has 6 tags on his collar, it makes a lot of noise and wakes me up. Then he wants to be ESCORTED to his kennel. It won't work for me to merely say, "Kennel" -- he knows the command. Nope...he wants me to walk in there with him. I don't have to LOCK the door, but I do have to shut it or he won't stay in there and will just want to be escorted again. (And he may at some point a few hours later push the door open to come out of his kennel, and at that point he doesn't require any more escorting. But none of that is the point. For whatever reason, he just likes to be escorted.)

And because he takes a pill every morning and night -- followed immediately by a cookie -- he's an excellent pill-taker and will tilt his head back and open his mouth like a baby bird waiting for the yummy worm.

I can't think of a lot of other oddities.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:45 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Sophie sits on me and sneezes to wake me up every morning, she's 76 pounds.

Kona will only play ball with a very specific type of squishy rubber ball. I used to buy them at a shop I worked at and when I knew I was moving I ordered 300 to get us through, it's been 7 years and we still have about 50 left.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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OMG, these stories are too funny! I especially love how time-specific they are, as this has long been the argument of psychologists and animal behaviorists--that animals cannot tell time, plan, schedule, etc. in the same way as humans--BULL!

I think some of these scientists could learn a lot from our furbutts:

Time in the Animal Mind - New York Times
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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OMG, these stories are too funny! I especially love how time-specific they are, as this has long been the argument of psychologists and animal behaviorists--that animals cannot tell time, plan, schedule, etc. in the same way as humans--BULL!

I think some of these scientists could learn a lot from our furbutts:

Time in the Animal Mind - New York Times
Oh! That reminded me of another of Artie's!

We start our last walk of the day at 8.30pm.

We could be watching a movie, with Artie fast asleep on my lap. At 8.30pm -- on the nose -- he'll wake up, jump off of me, and stare me down. "It's go time!"

He could be playing with his toys, gnawing on a bone, or just hanging out with us. At 8.30pm -- on the nose -- he'll stop what he's doing and stare me down. "It's go time!"

He could have been running around in the back yard all evening, only coming inside at 8.00pm. At 8.30pm -- on the nose -- he'll walk over to me and stare me down. "It's go time!"

Daylight savings time is my enemy.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Oh! That reminded me of another of Artie's!

We start our last walk of the day at 8.30pm.

We could be watching a movie, with Artie fast asleep on my lap. At 8.30pm -- on the nose -- he'll wake up, jump off of me, and stare me down. "It's go time!"

He could be playing with his toys, gnawing on a bone, or just hanging out with us. At 8.30pm -- on the nose -- he'll stop what he's doing and stare me down. "It's go time!"

He could have been running around in the back yard all evening, only coming inside at 8.00pm. At 8.30pm -- on the nose -- he'll walk over to me and stare me down. "It's go time!"

Daylight savings time is my enemy.
Seriously, those researchers need to observe our dogs in action! No sense of time or self-awareness, my eye!
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