Buster's Newest Trick

Busters Food Dish - He now lifts the lid when he needs water.
@webeishere (36377)
United States
January 19, 2009 11:38am CST
Well this isn't really a trick. It's more or less a sign to anyone around. Now, when his water bowl is empty he moves it around making a noise as it slides across the floor. If noone fills it right away, he then opens and closes the lid on his automic feed food dish. That makes more noise and someone usually goes right away to fill his water bowl. This phot0 shows the lid open and the water bowl empty. I think this is too cute. Does your dog do any tricks or so to let you know he needs water/food? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@jerzgirl (7892)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
19 Jan 09
Well, I can't offer any dog tricks, but I can tell you what my cats do. Shady normally doesn't meow. Her mouth opens and you can hear her lips smack, but no real sound comes out. But, when she's hungry or the water bowl is empty, she "rowls" - like a cat in heat...a deep throaty mrowl. Lately, it's been because her water isn't brand new since her last drink, so I'm not responding. Or, if she's decided at 4AM that she's hungry, she gets to wait, but mostly it's at meal times or if the water bowl is dry. Chloe, on the other hand, will test my patience if she isn't getting what she wants, be it food or attention. We don't have drawers at my apartment, so there she would open and shut the cupboard doors under the sink until I finally came out to the kitchen to put a stop to it and feed her. Here at Mom's house, there are drawers and the one closest to the food dishes gets opened and allowed to slam shut. Once in a while, she pulls it too far and I'll come out and find it open all the way. The other thing she does is when she's irritated about something, she'll tear up paper by taking big bites out of it - toilet paper was her favorite thing at the apartment. But, here, there are paper bags. I find bags I plan to use for paper recycle with chunks out of the top and the confetti residue on the floor nearby. She completely shredded the bag in the closet that held Mom's nebulizer meds until we needed them. That was stress since she was going through a phobia of unknown origin and hid in the closet out of view of whatever ghosties she was afraid of. Just like people, they each have their own ways of reacting to something to get someone's attention.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Cute antics for a cat. Buster never has opened a drawer. He does open his own kennel door to go in or out as long as it isn't locked. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@jerzgirl (7892)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Jan 09
Thank you, GB.
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@AmbiePam (46875)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I had a Chihuahua named Leno a long time ago. When his water bowl was empty, and for some reason I didn't know it, he would always find a way to communicate. He'd jump up and down below the sink, making noise on the cabinets beneath. Which was his signal that he needed more water. Apparently he surmised that was where the water came from.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Buster used to lick his empty water bowl which made it slide across the floor. Now he does the lid lifting as it makes more noise I guess. Your Leno was a smart little bugger huh? Was he named after Jay Leno by any chance? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@AmbiePam (46875)
• United States
19 Jan 09
LOL Yes, he was. I had a dream I was on the Jay Leno show and that Jay Leno gave me a Chihuahua. Well, on my 17th birthday my dad bought me a Chihuahua. So I named him Leno. He wore the name well. : )
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Thanks. You dreamed he gave a dog to you? What was the occasion or reason in the dream for this gift? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
19 Jan 09
Hi Bob, No my dog doesn't but our rabbit, Maggie does. She has a cat dish that is made of clay, and she puts her nose under it and lifts it up so it clashes against her aquarium. It makes enough noise to get every ones attention. Blessings Marilyn
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
19 Jan 09
All pets are amazing at what they learn just by trial and eroor aren't they? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@BarBaraPrz (18460)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
20 Jan 09
{b]Olive{/b}... you keep your rabbit in an aquarium?
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• United States
21 Jan 09
Yes dear but it is gigantic, like 70 gallons, I would never put her in a small enclosure, my animals are as spoiled as my kid's. Blessings Marilyn
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@dragon54u (31387)
• United States
19 Jan 09
They are so smart, aren't they?! I always remember the water bowl. It's the food bowl I have a problem with! I could put Cookie's food down and she'd eat as she was hungry and not overeat. But then Gus would eat it all, plus his, and beg for more. That dog would probably eat till he keeled over. When it's about an hour before supper time, he'll put his head on my knee, then in a few minutes he'll start to whine. Refuses to be petted or comforted, just whines and paces till 5PM arrives and he gets to eat!
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@dragon54u (31387)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I forgot to tell you, I have to pick up Cookie's dish after supper or Gus will pick it up and bring it to me throughout the evening and all the next day!
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
19 Jan 09
That is a neat trick that buster has. I don't have a pet but I do have a pet grand dog. My daughter has a husky and the way she communicates mostly is by talking. I don't speak her language so whenever I am around and she is speaking to me I tell her to go tell my daughter or one of the grand boys. One of her best tricks is when she wants to go outside she will go get her leash and bring it to you in her mouth and that is to let you know that she wants out. If you ignore her she will put the leash down and speak in her language pick it up again to let you know she is definitely talking to you. Pets are real smart when they are loved and taken care of. They develop their own way of communication.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Grand dog. I like that statement. Too cute. Buster just runs to his leash then lies still wanting to go out. I've thought of teaching him to grab it. But then I'd find it all over the house. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@BarBaraPrz (18460)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
19 Jan 09
They're catching on... When Harmony wants something, she very clearly enunciates "I want"... then I have to guess what it is she wants. I've posted how she's trained me to clean her litter box every time she uses it. (http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1844869.aspx) And she wants her dindin (canned food) between 11:00 and 12:00.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
19 Jan 09
My dog has a large water container and his food dish is one of those with two sides on it and sometimes he will move it out in the middle of the floor when it is empty. My cat has a food container sort of like Buster's and when it is empty she just meow's. As for her water, she will drink out of the dogs water but mostly she likes to drink from the faucet
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@jillhill (37399)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Mine used to.......drag it around the kitchen floor then come and stare at you until you got up and filled it...he would stare for a while...go back and drag it somemore or if you were really lazy...drink from the toilet if the lid was up!
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Buster does this trick or dragging the bowl across the floor. But if we don't respond he just waits patiently is all. Buster has never used the toilet as a watering dish thankfully. I hate that. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@ElicBxn (60426)
• United States
20 Jan 09
The cats mob us when we let the bowls go dry. Even Kit comes into the bathroom if we are in there. heck, the cats mob us if we let anything get empty!
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
20 Jan 09
How many cats do you have? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@ElicBxn (60426)
• United States
20 Jan 09
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Isn't it amazing how our furry friends have us "trained"?? Well I don't have a dog, but as you know I have two cats. My one cat, Kissy, likes to go into the kitchen and will open the one bottom cabinet door...yes, she manages to open it herself. Why she does that I don't know as there's no food stored in it, but all my "gourmet" and expensive cookware...could she be giving me a hint she wants me to cook up something special for her??
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Oh meant to add--just this morning Pyewacket was driving me daft. I have a tiny little bowl of milk on top of a table...well the bowl must have been empty since he kept pushing it around, making a most god-awful clinking sound and he knocked right off the table...uh, think he was telling me he wanted more milk..LOL
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Hey Grandpa Bob! Good for Buster! He doesn't want to be ignored! He needs water and he let's you know! I think that he's a really smart doggy! My cat's have their own way of making me know when they want food! If I'm in bed they jump on me and yell until I get up and feed them! If I'm at the computer they yell and sit in their "eating position" until I get up and get their canned food! Those animals know how to get what they want! They are the bosses and they don't let you forget that for one minute!
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
20 Jan 09
He only does this in the wnter time. In the summer, when he needs water he asks to go outsaide as he knows where to find water out back. Buster is well behaved when he needs something and doesn't jumpo on us or the furniture. I have been training him not to be on the furniture as his claws and fur tear it up too badly. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@winterose (39929)
• Canada
21 Jan 09
no that is what I call a really smart dog, good for him.
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@Annmac (950)
21 Jan 09
Willow has a raised bowl on a stand and puts her nose under it to lift it then drops it! Hard to ignore as it's under the stairs and echoes along the hall. My part-time dog (my employers Pomeranian) pushes her water bowl around with her nose if it's empty but it's even funnier when she wants food. She has a metal dish and she puts her front paws in it and uses a digging motion which makes a noise as well as moving the dish around. She's 6 months old and a very quick learner, she knows just how to get what she wants but my boss says she behaves much better for me than she does for the other carers or him. Perhaps it's because I've had more experience with dogs than they have.
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• Canada
21 Jan 09
dogs and cats do many things to get our attension when we are not paying much attension to then , so they think.. Sing a song in key, if you don't get it they will get WAAAYY out of key.. carry their water or food bowl to you and drop it on your lap or on the floor in front of you and look at you as if to say well are you busy,, are you going to do something about it.. stand like a statue absolutely still.. grab things you are doing and run with it to get you up to pay attension to them.. sing to a song on the tv or radio my dog's favorite.. so on and so on ..
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
20 Jan 09
my baby - Jackie watching me take pictures
That is so cute. They do have some things they do to show us that they need whatever it is that they need. My little one the baby will pick up his food dish and water dish if they happen to need something in them or he wants something. He will pick up his dish and bring it to us. He does the cutest things they all do and I have five little ones around the house, they all do different things.
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
20 Jan 09
That is so funny. My dog always stares us down and when we say, what?, to him, he nods his head towards his bowl or he does a circle and nods his head towards the bowl LOL. He also nods towards his treat bowl too.
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@makingpots (11928)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Ah, sweet Buster. He's a smart one! My dogs have used such antics with me before. Makes me laugh.
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• Lubbock, Texas
20 Jan 09
I no longer have a dog, but we used to have a German Shepherd that would open his mouth real wide and roar like a bear (he even looked a little like one with his mouth open)when he wanted my daughter to play with him. Now all I have is a cat that stands in the middle of the kitchen and yeowls "OUT" until I ask her if she wants out. Then she heads for the door.
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@hildas (3031)
20 Jan 09
Buster is too smart. My mums dog stamps it feet when it's water bowl is empty. It has to have fresh cold water also. If it has been sitting for half an hour or more, she will not drink it. Buster sure knows what he wants and gets it. He is just right though.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I don't have a dog but my cat eats the toilet paper or shreds it all over the bathroom if his bowl is empty. He also follows me around the house and tries to trip me.
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